The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData provides a simple standards-based mechanism for exposing information from relational databases, file systems, content management systems and other websites.
In this video, you'll learn about how the OData Server module can enable OData access to content in Drupal repositories. Doug Mahugh talks to Alessandro Catorcini (Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.) about how OData can open up Drupal sites to access from a wide variety of devices, services, and applications, including the growing OData consumer ecosystem. Then Patrick Wilson of R2 Integrated, the developer of the OData Server module, demonstrates how easy it is to set up the module for access to the nodes, bundles, and properties in a Drupal site.
The OData Server module uses the OData Producer Library for PHP, an open source library from MS Open Tech, to expose Drupal entities. For more information about open source OData libraries from MS Open Tech, see the blog post Open Source OData Tools for MySQL and PHP Developers.