Stephen Downes

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Tim Berners-Lee, Mit, Aug 16, 2016

Could this be the ascent from social media we're looking for? "Solid (derived from 'social linked data') is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols." Some of the key principles include true data ownership ("decoupling content from the application itself"), modular design ("seamlessly switching the apps and personal data storage servers"), and reusing existing data. Some of the applications include:

  • Plume -  "a 100% client-side blogging platform, built using Solid standards, in which data is decoupled from the application itself."
  • Contacts - "address book-like application to manage contact information
  • Notifications - "inbox app to process Solid notifcations"
  • Cimba - Microblogging platform
  • WebID - profile editor with graph support
  • Dokieli - "a clientside editor for decentralised article publishing, annotations and social interactions.

Now this is very much a work in progress and I'm still exploring it. But for example, the Plume application works on a Solid Platform which is no longer being maintained. You're probably best going to the Solid GitHub repository to get started.

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