Posted by zieglers on March 26, 2007
Currently, I work on an integration project with SAP and MOSS. Within this project scope, I needed to investigate what WebDAV is. Here is a small description of it:
What is WebDAV?
Briefly: WebDAV stands for “Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning”. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.
What are the Goals of WebDAV?
The goal of WebDAV is to resolve the current limitations in global information sharing i.e. to provide an “open” solution to existing editor collaboration problems. Note existing collaboration problems include:
+ No collaboration industry standards (each to there own)
+ Uncontrollable Email Submissions
+ Cumbersome Document Integration (e.g. Document Merging)
+ Documents are vulnerable to being lost in the ether
+ Clumsy Versioning + Requirement for people to change there preferred editors (clients)
+ No seamless Client to Document accessibility
Ultimately WebDAV will provide us with an open protocol that will support Distributed Web authoring, administration and browsing. A bit like the way your organisation may already support Intranet collaboration through Wiki and CM tools. If you want to find out more about WebDAV, i suggest you to visit the official WebDAV site: http://www.webdav.org/
Some Major Uses of WebDAV
The WC3 charter states its goal is to “define the HTTP extensions necessary to enable distributed Web authoring tools to be broadly interoperable, while supporting user needs.” Following that line of thought, some major uses of WebDAV might include:
+ Using a DAV server as a Remote Data Repository
+ Using a DAV server for Collaborative Authoring
+ Supporting Distributed Software Engineering
+ Developing a Remote Document Management System
In the coming weeks, as I proceed further in the planning phase of the project, I guess, I’ll be writing more detailed stuff about it..