It's been reported that the architects of the INSPIRE enterprise are likely to choose WS-*. Before the decision is made, they should read Benjamin Carlyle's lessons of The Web. The point Carlyle makes often, and better than almost anyone else, is the ability of Web-like architectures to evolve. Should INSPIRE's enterprise be a distributed object system, upgrading to new versions across the board simultaneously (and this certainly means rarely)? Or should it be more like The Web, allowing clients, servers, and data to be upgraded independently and as needed? Carlyle's blog is bursting with this kind of sound advice.