• Open Web Foundation Officially Launches

    This morning at that OSCON conference David Recordon of Six Apart will announce on stage the formation of the Open Web Foundation. The new foundation is about providing a home for the development and ratification of web-related standards efforts. The foundation will be focused on developing the technical specifications of protocols used for communication and inter-operability between… Read More

  • Digg Moves to Adopt DataPortability Standards

    The DataPortability Project has gained another adherent in Digg, which announced on its blog today that it has implemented three under-the-hood enhancements. These include implementation and improved support for XFN and hCard, which help other sites access information about your friends on Digg. The site has also added RDF to make its pages more semantic web friendly. Digg joins Facebook… Read More

  • Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again

    The DataPortability Workgroup founded in November 2007, is aiming to develop best practices towards letting users move, share, and control their identity, photos, videos and all other forms of personal data stored in social networks and other web services. The young organization now faces its second legal challenge to, of all things, its choice of logo. In February, Red Hat sent a cease… Read More

  • And We Have A New DataPortability Logo

    After being threatened by Red Hat because its original suitcase logo was too close to theirs, the DataPortability workgroup decided to hold a contest for a new logo, which anyone could vote on. Now the logo contest is over, and the winning design is shown at right. Congratulations to Alex Pankratov, who submitted the design. In addition to the glory of seeing the logo on all official… Read More

  • DataPortability Launches New Logo Contest

    The fledgling DataPortability workgroup, led by Chris Saad, had a bit of a panic attack in February when they received a Cease & Desist letter from RedHat over their alleged use of the Fedora logo. Instead of fighting it in court, the workgroup decided to ditch the old logo and hold a new logo contest instead. The winner would get a lot of attention, and a number of blogs and startups threw… Read More

  • FriendFeed, The Centralized Me, and Data Portability

    It’s definitely FriendFeed month in Silicon Valley. The company, founded by ex-Googlers, let you aggregate information and activity streams from all of the various services that you use on the internet – Flickr photos, YouTube videos, blog posts, delicious bookmarks, Twitter messages, and other stuff (33 services total to date). Your friends subscribe to your stuff, and see a stream… Read More

  • DataPortability Turns That Frown Upside Down

    DataPortability cofounder Chris Saad, in the face of a nasty cease and desist letter over their logo, took our (and others’) advice – don’t waste time fighting it. Treat this as a press opportunity and hold a new logo contest instead. That’s exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. Read More

  • Logo War: Red Hat Takes On DataPortability

    DataPortability WorkGroup is a project founded in November 2007 to develop best practices towards letting users move, share, and control their identity, photos, videos and all other forms of personal data stored in social networks and other web services. After months of positive news, the group has had its first hiccup, a cease and desist letter from RedHat over their use of the Fedora… Read More

  • Dataportability Gains Another Convert in Microsoft

    The concept that online you own your own data and you should be able to take it with you from one social network or Website to another is gaining a lot of traction these days. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google, Plaxo, , and even Facebook have joined the Dataportability Work Group to figure out standards. Now, Microsoft is joining as well. With 420 million Windows Live IDs tied to user… Read More

  • Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup

    After publishing an invitation to Facebook to join the DataPortability Working Group January 4, we never thought that Facebook would accept it. Today changes everything you’ve ever thought about social-networking data and lock-in before, because today Facebook, Google and Plaxo have joined the DataPortability Workgroup. Google and Plaxo joining are a positive, however given that both… Read More