At TDWG 2009 , which ended about two hours ago, I learned of Lincoln Stein’s 2002 paper Creating a bioinformatics nation. It’s not open access so I haven’t read it yet, but one can get the gist here and here. The talk/paper was apparently influential (to those better clued in than me), and I’ve added it to the Neurocommons reading list. The main message is: Don’t make us screen-scrape; provide machine-friendly access to your stuff.
I’m not too keen on web services with fancy APIs; REST-based query interfaces, bulk downloads, and SPARQL seem to be easier to use. But the idea is right.
Has there been any progress since 2002?