Copyright©2008 Antony Williams
One of the blogs I really enjoy reading is Deepak Singh’s Business,Bytes,Genes and Molecules. Today there was a blog post about ChemSpider but something strange happened…I could ONLY read it in Google Reader. When I tried to navigate to the actual website it asked me to Save a file. See below.
It may be harmless but I’ve suffered enough at the hands of “bad files” to not grab it. Anyone else seeing this symptom? It’s in both browsers (IE and FF) and on two computers.
Anyhow, thankfully I can read it in Google Reader. There’s a point Deepak raises and I insert it here..
“On the web, data should be available as an addressable resource. The fact that data is available as RDF is great (and I wish more data was available as such). However, my personal preference is that data, especially open data, needs to be accompanied by APIs and bindings that allow the data to be accessed in a number of formats (not a dump per se). I think over time the acceptable formats will be established, much like XML/JSON/RSS have become the standard transport formats. The key aspect here are the business models. Is the business in providing a service on top of the data? For example for more than X number of API calls, there could be a fee associated.”
Just in case people have missed them we have a whole series of Web Services available already and they are being used. You can find details about them here:
There are more examples. We have thousands of calls a day using the Web Services at present and welcome more feedback on them!Stumble it!