It's great to see that three of my favorite hobby-horses -- REST over SOAP or WxS, web search over portals and one-stops, and open source over proprietary software -- are coming to the fore at mainstream industry events.


Re: Progress

Author: Allan Doyle

Progress, indeed. I wonder if Sam liked the answer he got about structured vs unstructured search? But it actually need not be an either/or proposition. People who put a lot of stock in rigorous metadata can still generate it and can still build their own catalog and search systems. People who are not rigorous metadata users/generators can use the "informal" (or should we say "Google"?) approach. To me that means that the geo-search world is (a) expanding by including data that heretofore was not fully documented and (b) providing more choice. Seems like a win-win situation to me.