Ruminations on XML and large datasets
While working on thoroughly understanding CSW & metadata related OGC and ISO standards, I can not but start questioning XML and its use to carry and format data. After all, USGIN's goal is not just to implement interoperable USGIN metadata and data profiles but also to encourage their widespread adoption. The following blog entry "How XML Threatens Big Data" by Michael Driscoll discusses some of the limitations XML poses to dealing with large datasets and ease of use. Check out the blog entry's comments which bring interesting counter arguments.