Network services/Reference services

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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.

Real Services

Service personal data? public data? source code? permanence? identity? comments?
Wikipedia data and software are freely available. How are APIs licensed?
gmail 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.
Amazon EC2: 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?
GNU Savannah
Second Life client is Free; service is not.
audioscrobbler/ (defunct, mashed up government data (free) with google maps (non-free) what happens when you mash up Free data with non-free services like google maps?

Hypothetical Classes of Services

inspired by [1]

Class Use for? Many or few producers for relevant information? Separable in usage?
Web versions of personal and small group applications (Writely/GoogleDocs, NumSum, Netvibes) production few separable
Media hosting and distribution (Flickr, YouTube, DailyMotion, …) distribution few separable
Open collective granular drafting (Wikipedia) production few séparable pour certains usages seulement
Web contents/debate cartography (Glinkr) locating few / many separable
Public commenting and annotation systems (STET, co-ment, Plosone) production many (comments) / few (text) separable at text level
Social networking (MySpace, FaceBook, Meetup, …) production / locating many (network) / few (profile and docs) separable / whole
Integration between large-scale referential information and interpretation from persons or groups (GoogleMaps, ENSEMBL, …) locating / production many whole (referential background)
Search services (GoogleSearch), Metadata aggregation services (Technorati) locating many whole