OpenSocial and the OpenSocial Foundation: Moves to W3C

Brian Kelly, Dec 28, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Open Social Foundation is moving standards work to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). There will be two groups, as described by Brian Kelly:

  • The Social Web Working Group, which is defining technical standards and APIs to facilitate access to social functionality.
  • The Social Interest Group, which is coordinating development of social use cases, and formulating a broad strategy to enable social business and federation.

Kelly describes one case of interest, cross-platform commenting on (for example) photo uploads. This sort of thing exists now, but only inside silos like Facebook. The open social web is an endeavour to make social work everywhere. As such, the would could be of significant importance.

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