[Freedombox-discuss] Fwd: CrossCloud: A project to get your data out of silos - Knight Foundation

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Sat Jul 20 15:04:35 UTC 2013

On 20 July 2013 15:22, Sandy Harris <sandyinchina at gmail.com> wrote:

> How would FreedomBox fit into this?

Looks promising, we'll have to wait to see the first prototypes.  It will
be (hopefully) one of the first personal clouds to implement modern data
standards, imho.

Two other solutions that I know of, of this kinds are OpenLink Virtuoso
Open Source (I think is part of KDE already) and data.fm, also developed in
conjunction with Tim Berners-Lee

One thing to note is that these solutions should be all interoperable with
any of the clouds that past the test suite, meaning that they can be
swapped in and out.

I think there are quite a few more solutions of this kind in the works...

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>
> Date: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM
> Subject: [liberationtech] Introducing CrossCloud: A project to get
> your data out of silos - Knight Foundation
> To: Liberation Technologies <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2013/6/25/introducing-crosscloud-project-get-your-data-out-silos/
> When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he imagined it being
> a better way for people around the world to share knowledge and work
> together to solve humanity's greatest problems. It’s often everything
> he hoped for, he says, but it sometimes falls short when websites and
> applications lock away data. Too often, people are stuck using a site
> because that's where their data is or that's where their friends or
> co-workers are. Such restrictions stifle innovation and cut off
> support for a new generation of vital tools for knowledge sharing.
> Today we are happy to announce a Prototype Fund grant to the
> Crosscloud Project, an experimental effort led by Tim Berners-Lee and
> Sandro Hawke at W3C/MIT. Crosscloud aims to give individuals control
> of their own data. It consists of a set of protocols and tools that
> allows providers to give individuals control of their data, choose who
> can access it and move it to other systems as needed. Building on
> standard Semantic Web and Linked Data Technologies, it allows people
> to communicate across boundaries.
> With Crosscloud, users will be able to:
> move easily between competing applications, even run them at the same
> time using the same data;
> move easily between platforms, working with the same information on
> their phones and laptops (while using different software from
> different vendors);
> move easily between social network platforms, migrating both data and
> social connections; and
> connect across social network boundaries: collaborate with people and
> groups even if they prefer to use different applications and different
> service providers.
> The Crosscloud team is currently developing ways to expand the
> prototype and build out some applications using the platform. Some
> ideas they are exploring include applications that allow users to
> chart information about their health; share and comment on web
> information; share photos and videos; and have discussions with
> friends. In all cases, people can maintain their data and share it as
> they like, applying it in any software built with the Crosscloud open
> source toolkit.
> A Crosscloud medical device, for example, would be configured to write
> its data to the user's own Crosscloud space, where the data could be
> accessed by the people and applications the user has chosen.
> Crosscloud also allows software creators to more easily build social
> software. Without Crosscloud, creators need to configure and program
> their own backend systems and build a critical mass of users.  With
> Crosscloud, the user picks their own backend and the users can be
> shared among all the applications in a particular space.
> Crosscloud is one of seven prototypes announced at the MIT-Knight
> Civic Media Conference and one of 12 announced by Knight in the last
> week. With the Prototype Fund, Knight continues to set goals to speed
> up the pace of innovation. By encouraging early-stage experiments for
> teams building new projects, we can better serve the information needs
> of communities and test human-centered approaches.  Through
> prototyping teams are given the opportunity to refine and iterate
> their projects, test core assumptions and make important discoveries
> before attempting to scale. The strategy allows Knight to support more
> ideas, gain and share valuable knowledge and learn what works and what
> doesn’t. Ultimately, we are giving innovators a channel to act on
> their ideas and keep them coming.
> For more information about the Prototype Fund or to submit an idea,
> visit prototypefund.org.
> For more information and news, follow @crosscloudorg on Twitter.
> By Chris Barr, media innovation associate at Knight Foundation, and
> Sandro Hawke, technical staff and research scientist at W3C/MIT.
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