Sunday, March 09, 2008


There really is something on the Internet for everyone. While my son was laughing his head off at the singing kittens on, I was watching a simple and elegant animation explaining how SOA benefits the education and research world, courtesy of JISC/e-Framework (via Jack van Hoof).

Jack reckons the animation "perfectly shows the principles and benefits of a Canonical Data Model". Well, up to a point. It shows how SOA supports information sharing and interoperability, but an innocent viewer might interpret this as merely a question of syntax (represented by different templates in the animation) and might not appreciate the importance of semantics. Jack himself has written well on semantics in his blog, for example in his post How to mediate semantics in an EDA.

But for a 5-minute animated film - if we don't expect too much from it - excellent!

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