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Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In Interop, technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore the immense importance of interoperability—the standardization and integration of technology—and show how this simple principle will hold the key to our success in the coming decades and beyond.The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and economic growth for centuries. The standardiz ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Basic Books
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Craig Jaquish
Jul 30, 2012 Craig Jaquish rated it liked it
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser outline interoperability basically as interconnection between systems. A third collaborator—say a technologist or a system’s theorist—might have rounded out the definition just slightly but crucially to an increasing interconnection between systems. Implicit in the book's (mostly impressive) analysis is the myth of equilibrium: that some point down the line we get to a desirable (or acceptable) state, and nothing progresses from then on. Maybe the authors would object ...more
Joel Loyol
Feb 23, 2015 Joel Loyol rated it did not like it
This book is dry academic over defining fluff.
Phoenix
Nov 27, 2013 Phoenix rated it it was ok
Although there's some good concepts being presented here, as well as some good background info on the net and how it came to be, most of the book is redundant. The authors start out with a good definition of interoperability and what it means for technology as it continues to develop, but then the rest of the 300 or so pages is just reiteration. I feel the repetitiveness just serves to show that they were padding the text so it could be a considerable length, when really they could've cut it ...more
Allisonperkel
Jul 29, 2013 Allisonperkel rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I had hopes for the book - until I read the first chapter and realized that this book was a long form essay stretched into a book. There isn't a there there.
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