He's optimising for communicating with his peers: scientists and academic researchers.
If you find this communication hard to digest, then chances are you are not part of the intended audience. It is then mostly pointless to complain or try to change his wording.
You can buy books from other people who deliberately target developers.
REST API Design Rulebook: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021575.do
RESTful Web Services: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596529260.do
If anyone here wants a copy, email me. I've still got mine lying around.
On the REST side, O'Reilly have a book out recently for those that want to understand more. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596529260/
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