Inter Operability

Inter Operability

In February 2002, the question of Inter Operability surfaced on SIGIA-L.

This is a topic which hasn’t had much discussion with IAs … there seems to be an assumption that each website can, and should, be finetuned for it’s audience. This may be an unintentional side-effect of the user-centered focus that IA and usability has been revelling in lately.

InterOperability has its advantages though, both direct and indirect. Read the SIGIA-L thread for more.


A big push for common formats of MetaData is coming from some in the WebLog? community, which is laying the groundwork for future interoperability

The [Technical Interoperability Issues Online Forum] is a national online event run by [EdNA Online], [The Learning Federation] and [myfuture] projects managed by limited.

You need to register with the forums to participate.

This forum is for people to share knowledge, understanding and lessons learnt on portals, metadata, learning systems …

The current active forums include:

  • Metadata exchange – The Metadata exchange forum will discussing a range of issues and themes on metadata and metadata exchange.
  • Web Portals – The Web Portals forum will discuss technical issues associated with using Portal technology to build high end web sites. It will discuss things like open source versus commercial products, portal standards, content management for portals, HTML? versus XML content management and delivery, RSS feeds, single sign-on.
  • Learning Management Systems – The Learning Management System forum will be discussing a range of interesting themes around LMS? including – value, teaching and learning, cost, effectiveness.

[Challenges of interoperability between open-source CMSs] by Paul Everitt and Gregor J. Rothfuss. The current situation is one of little compatibility, and there are arguments both for and against moving towards greater interoperability.

JeffLash writes about [the need for standards for distributed information architecture] at DigitalWebMagazine.

RashmiSinha writes about [Web 2.0: Data, Metadata and Interface]

One key takeaway from the Web 2.0 panel was that data, interface and metadata no longer need to go hand in hand. When working on an application/website, one thinks of the overall picture including the data, the metadata, and the interface. With Web 2.0 apps, the data might be from one place, the metadata from another, and the interface from a third party or a remix.

people are taking one source of data and feeding it into the interface for another service (eg. chicago crime reports plotted onto GoogleMaps?).