Google, Facebook Join

John Musser, January 8th, 2008

dataportability.orgIn a promising sign for the future of data portability across platforms, earlier today Workgroup announced that representatives from Google, Facebook, and Plaxo joined their initative: “We are proud to announce the inclusion of Joseph Smarr (Plaxo), Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) and Benjamin Ling (Facebook) to the DataPortability Workgroup.” For more on the group’s goals, which includes creating a ‘DataPortability Reference Design’, see their philosophy and mission:

Our Philosophy: As users, our identity, photos, videos and other forms of personal data should be discoverable by, and shared between our chosen tools or vendors. We need a DHCP for Identity. A distributed File System for data. The technologies already exist, we simply need a complete reference design to put the pieces together.

Our Mission: To put all existing technologies and initiatives in context to create a reference design for end-to-end Data Portability. And, to promote that design to the developer, vendor and end-user community.

From a technology perspective, they encourage an “Invent Nothing” approach that builds on existing standards like:

Involvement from some of the biggest names in the business means greater potential for real progress on interoperability. For more on this story see ReadWriteWeb and TechMeme.

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January 9th, 2008
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Comment by: a work on process » links for 2008-01-09

[...] Google, Facebook Join I’m still working out what I think of the approach, but this is certainly a big step forward (tags: dataportability facebook google socialnetworking) [...]

January 10th, 2008
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January 27th, 2008
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[...] moves in data portability and OpenSocial-style compatibility suggest that we are moving towards an environment that allows [...]

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