Once upon a time HTTP and HTML were trucking along nicely. This meant that we had a truly open, meaningfully interoperable framework to allow for rich human based web interactions. The next obvious step was to look into machine to machine web interactions. A bunch of work went into this area. XML, WS-*, POX, JSON, RSS, OData, etc. With the exception of RSS none of it came to much of anything, especially in the personal space. In this article I look at why I think the previous efforts to create an open data web failed.
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