We have installed OpenDAP servers on several of our systems. In addition, we have installed cooperating servers, such as LAS (Live Access Server) and GRADS-DODS server (GDS). Also, we have teamed with the DODS developers on a Web Map Server gateway to the DODS server.
On the positive side of the experience:
The distribution tar ball can be downloaded easily from website and is available on multiple platforms.
The installation time is relatively short. Configuration parameters can easily be twitched. There is good online documentation and we have found the technical support service to be excellent and responsive.
In the area of potential improvement, the most important is in the cataloging of OpenDAP-available data. This particularly holds for making the existence of new data widely known.
A second significant area that could stand improvement is in the capture and tracking of usage metrics, particularly important for government sites subject to GPRA.
>From an installation viewpoint, the new capabilities for a given version are not always clear. It would also be useful to have a better online client for testing.
Finally, it does a good job of general subsetting, but it would be nice to support even more ways of slicing and dicing the data.
If you need more details on any of these, please contact our technical expert in OpenDAP, Long Pham.