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(Presented at the OOR Conference Call on Friday 19th November 2010.)
We propose a distributed OOR architecture consisting of simple APIs, ontology repository implementations conforming to these APIs and a registry of these repositories. Together these components create an OOR network that can be used to build services utilizing content from different ontology repositories. The approach is based on an observation that there are different kinds of use cases, ontologies, ontology service providers, etc., and therefore it may not be possible to implement a single OOR server that addresses all possible needs. We suggest that the OOR initiative should focus on APIs and enabling an ecosystem of ontology repositories, not on doing everything by ourselves. Test suites and baseline implementations for APIs are needed for validating API implementations on different ontology repositories and testing the APIs.