An information marketplace, Microsoft codenamed “Dallas”, is being built for the Windows Azure platform. The Microsoft codename “Dallas” is explained on its website as “Dallas is an information marketplace that brings data, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources together into a single location, under a unified provisioning and billing framework”.
There are subscriptions for developers and information workers. Developers can access the premium data content through “Dallas” that is being sold from sources like the World Health Organization or Zillow. ATOM feeds let applications consume the data. Information workers can download the data and import it into tools like PowerPivot for Excel 2010.
There are a lot of data feeds on the internet but quality data from trusted sources is not always readily available for enterprise use, like world health statistics or real-estate statistics. More so, when an individual company offers data it usually does so in a format that’s different than you are readily able to use as a developer. With “Dallas” it looks like the value of the marketplace they are creating is in providing access through standard interfaces to trusted data sets.