This is ironic given that their API is "standards based".
What, exactly, are vendors worried about when they hide their API behind an NDA?
Even more disturbing, why bother advertising your API at all if a
community can't be built to create innovative new ideas around it?
It's a wonder why libraries put up with any of this.
On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 12:19 PM, Yitzchak Schaffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yitzchak Schaffer wrote:
> > Assuming that Serials Solutions will
> > allow some kind of sharing for these - they make clients sign a NDA
> > before they show you the docs. I'm waiting to hear their response; I
> > would be surprised if they wouldn't allow sharing of something like this
> > among clients.
> D'oh: here's the lowdown from SerSol:
> "The terms of the NDA do not allow for client signatories to share of
> any information related to the proprietary nature of our API's with
> other clients. However, if you would like to share them with us we can
> make them available to other API clients upon request. I think down the
> road we may be able to come up with creative ways to do this - perhaps
> an API user's group, but for now we cannot allow sharing of this kind of
> information outside of your institution."
> Yitzchak Schaffer
> Systems Librarian
> Touro College Libraries
> 33 West 23rd Street
> New York, NY 10010
> Tel (212) 463-0400 x230
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