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The Open Stack


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A short overview of the Open Stack, a set of generalized open data APIs. From a talk at Oxford Geek Night, May 2009.

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The Open Stack

  1. 1. The Open Stack (and the future of the web) Ben Werdmuller Oxford Geek Night, May 27 2009 @benwerd
  2. 2. <ul><li>Openness makes life easy, allows for new types of applications and gives users control over their data. </li></ul><ul><li>It's also a brand. </li></ul><ul><li>APIs are a form of lock-in. </li></ul>Illustration by PSD , released under a CC attribution 2.0 license
  3. 3. Why not standardize on technology? (Diagram courtesy Marc Canter)
  4. 4. Great for developers ... <ul><li>Build libraries once, use everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Lowers development barrier to building open technology </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for digital identity management and web application design </li></ul>Photo by Rev Dan Catt , released under a CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license
  5. 5. ... But what about users? <ul><li>Thorny T&C, privacy issues across services </li></ul><ul><li>Data is duplicated – but what about updates? </li></ul><ul><li>Delete? </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of content / applications not supported </li></ul>Photo by striatic , released under a CC Attribution 2.0 license
  6. 6. Thanks for listening! Feedback? Ideas? Let me know: @benwerd [email_address] Except where otherwise noted, released under a CC Attribution 2.0 license