I find an API that you aren't allowed to share client code for to be
pretty much useless. If I'm a part of any evaluation committees
evaluating software purchases, I will certainly make that opinion known
and justify why I think it's justified.
My institution is not currently a SerSol customer for any products with
APIs. (Although we are a customer of a product that eventually
theoretically will have an API). I think existing SerSol customers
should complain to SerSol about this.
Hey, I might as well write a blog post explaining why an API you aren't
allowed to share code for is practically useless...
There you go.
Ross Singer wrote:
> 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
>> Fax (212) 627-3197
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Digital Services Software Engineer
The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
rochkind (at) jhu.edu