Read Write Web — Monthly Open Thread — (December 2012)

Summary

Wishing all read write web enthusiasts a happy new year!  2012 ended with heated debate, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications over ongoing governance of the internet.  Concerns had been raised that changes to the current groups, responsible for regulation, may have risk on the downside.  It would appear that the system that is in place, will continue at least in the short term.

Linked data has announced another interesting initiative, funded by the EU, in the area of the linked geo web.  The project is called “Geo Know“, and also has an associated Community group.

More work on RWW on distributed social identity and web apps, and some impressive demos.  Some discussions on ACLs and some great demos have left us in a position of achieving much of what we set out to do in 2012.  One personal thing that I’m happy about, is that I am now able to make web apps discoverable from my identity (homepage) using a new social web ontology.

Communications and Outreach

Some discussions on the social read write web has taken place with people from a number of project in the free software movement.  In particular, GNU Social have said they are open to implementing read write web standards work, provided that someone can do an integration.  A new system, GNU Consensus hopes to tie together many existing social net protocols.  And freedombox have talked about a unified web interface for tying together your social systems.  Look forward to seeing development in that area next year.

Community Group

A relatively quiet holiday period still produced some interesting topics.  We now have an informal google plus community.    Just ping the group is you’d like an invite.  It’s open to people outside of the CG too.

One of my goals for 2012 has finally come to pass, in that I can now link “web apps” from my profile.  This allows apps that are designed for the web discoverable from your own profile using the “webapp” predicate.  An example can be seen here.

 

Applications

Fantastic work from Openlink in creating an open source widget that allows users to login via account from WebID, Persona, OpenID, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Windows Live, WordPress, Yahoo, Tumblr, Disqus, Instragram, Bitly, Foursquare, Dropbox and Github!  This widget can be used to deliver the read write web to a huge audience of existing accounts.

 

Last but not least…

An enlightening review of technologies that have sprung up this year, entitled “The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2012″.  The future is here, it’s just unevenly distributed!

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