# What is Lodata?

Lodata (opens new window) is an implementation of the OData v4.01 Producer protocol, designed for use with the Laravel framework.

OData (opens new window) (Open Data Protocol) is an ISO/IEC approved (opens new window), OASIS standard (opens new window) that defines a set of best practices for building and consuming RESTful APIs. OData helps you focus on your business logic while building RESTful APIs without having to worry about the various approaches to define request and response headers, status codes, HTTP methods, URL conventions, media types, payload formats, query options, etc. OData also provides guidance for tracking changes, defining functions/actions for reusable procedures, and sending asynchronous/batch requests.

OData RESTful APIs are easy to consume. The OData metadata, a machine-readable description of the data model of the APIs, enables the creation of powerful generic client proxies and tools. The metadata is available in OData-specific XML (opens new window) and JSON (opens new window) formats, as well as an OpenAPI v3 (opens new window) document.

There are many tools and techniques for exposing APIs from Laravel and there are some specific use cases where Lodata could be a great fit for your application:

You can construct OData requests using any HTTP client, but there are also many developer-friendly OData libraries (opens new window) for different programming languages.

Now go check out the five-minute getting started guide!