[OSGeo-Discuss] a SOAP bubble

Sean Gillies sgillies at frii.com
Thu Jul 12 14:35:43 PDT 2007

Jo Walsh wrote:
> dear all,
> The Draft Implementing Rules for Network Services for geodata 
> as part of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure (INSPIRE)
> are going to be published before too long, and when they are, 
> they will mandate SOAP for interfacing with all OGC web services.
> 'What?' one cries. 'SOAP [...]'. And the poor European Commission
> are going to have to listen to a lot of opinions about what a good
> and what a bad thing this is for people writing geographic information
> software and trying to get public authorities in Europe to use it. 
> It would be so great to collect some kind of real numbers looking
> outside the GI domain even. Like back when there was a SOAP bubble
> a few years ago and Google, Amazon et al ran parallel SOAP and REST
> style services. Google dropped SOAP for GMaps. Could we get those
> kinds of numbers? Is anyone in GIS really supporting SOAP enough that
> one could get comparative realworld numbers? 
> I would also be really interested in getting impact assessment from 
> client software of an change like this - like SOAP support would be a
> big deal for an intentionally light-footprint package like OpenLayers.
> Any thoughts at all welcome here:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/SOAP
> jo


 From Nelson Minar, who worked on several SOAP services for Google.


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