[Freedombox-discuss] Is / Is Not
dr at jones.dk
Thu Jun 9 16:18:09 UTC 2011
On 11-06-09 at 08:32am, Stefano Maffulli wrote:
> Hello folks
> one thing I believe is missing from the list is addressbook/calendar
> syncing, a different beast than backing up data. Here is the use case
> that made me think of this:
> as a user I want to find my friends that use FreedomBox social
> capabilities (chat/messaging, voip, blogging, picture sharing
> etc) therefore expanding my network.
> I figured that the fist step to find your friend would be to upload
> your addressbook to the Freedombox. The software on the box would then
> scout the network in order to find your friends.
> This is different than simply backing up the addressbook because of
> the next use case:
> as a user I want to have my addressbook updated directly by my
> friends with their latest pictures, email addresses and other
> data that they decide to share with me though Freedombox
> The syncing of calendar has similar use cases. If you want I can
> elaborate on that too.
> Does this make sense?
Makes very good sense to me.
I believe such scenarios are best solved using semweb technologies -
i.e. FOAF, WebID and RDF.
A few tools in Debian supports semweb already:
Virtuoso seems too heavyweight in my brief testing. I haven't tried
Samizdat but fear it to be too heavyweight also (package description
mentions that its RDF backend requires Postgres). I am currently
packaging Perl semweb libraries and 4store, a lightweight RDF backend.
No shiny user-ready applications on that front yet, however.
For those feeling comfortable using PHP, drupal6 also support some RDF.
I believe, however, that it provides only building blocks for
_presenting_ RDF data, not high-level tools like a WebID service or
authentication against a WebID service offered from others.
* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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