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This is a list of services that might be considered "open" under various proposed definitions of "open" services, useful to test various arguments about what such a definition should or shouldn't contain.
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== Real Services ==
 
 
 
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! Service
 
! personal data?
 
! public data?
 
! source code?
 
! permanence?
 
! identity?
 
! comments?
 
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| Wikipedia
 
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| data and software are freely available. How are APIs licensed?
 
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| geonames.org
 
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| hostip.info
 
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| gmail
 
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| server source is proprietary, but all (email) data is available via standardized/open protocols, and users can make the service transparent (from an identity perspective) by using other email addresses.
 
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| Amazon EC2:
 
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| server images are ~ standard xen images. If you can move your data and computation transparently between S3 and completely Free xen-based servers, is it open/free/autonomous service?
 
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| GNU Savannah
 
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| Second Life
 
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| client is Free; service is not.
 
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| audioscrobbler/last.fm
 
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| altlaw.org:
 
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| chicagocrime.org (defunct, mashed up government data (free) with google maps (non-free)
 
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| what happens when you mash up Free data with non-free services like google maps?
 
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| [http://www.openstreetmap.org/ OpenStreetMap]
 
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== Hypothetical Classes of Services ==
 
inspired by [http://paigrain.debatpublic.net/?p=99]
 
 
 
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! Class
 
! Use for?
 
! Many or few producers for relevant information?
 
! Separable in usage?
 
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| Web versions of personal and small group applications (Writely/GoogleDocs, NumSum, Netvibes)
 
| production
 
| few
 
| separable
 
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| Media hosting and distribution (Flickr, YouTube, DailyMotion, …)
 
| distribution
 
| few
 
| separable
 
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| Open collective granular drafting (Wikipedia)
 
| production
 
| few
 
| séparable pour certains usages seulement
 
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| Web contents/debate cartography (Glinkr)
 
| locating
 
| few / many
 
| separable
 
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| Public commenting and annotation systems (STET, co-ment, Plosone)
 
| production
 
| many (comments) / few (text)
 
| separable at text level
 
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| Social networking (MySpace, FaceBook, Meetup, …)
 
| production / locating
 
| many (network) / few (profile and docs)
 
| separable / whole
 
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| Integration between large-scale referential information and interpretation from persons or groups (GoogleMaps, ENSEMBL, …)
 
| locating / production
 
| many
 
| whole (referential background)
 
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| Search services (GoogleSearch), Metadata aggregation services (Technorati)
 
| locating
 
| many
 
| whole
 
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