Read Write Web — Monthly Open Thread — (August 2013)

Summary

This month marks the two year anniversary of the RWW Community Group.  A big thank you to everyone that has participated so far, some great progress, but still lots more to be done, in order to realize the full potential of the web as a decentralized read / write space.

In linked data the RDFa Working Group published three RDFa Recommendations. (HTML+RDFa 1.1, RDFa Core 1.1 and XHTML+RDFa 1.1) RDFa lets authors put machine-readable data in HTML documents. Using RDFa, authors may turn their existing human-visible text and links into machine-readable data without repeating content.

Andrei Sambra has released a personal cloud computing solution rww.io. More protocols have been discussed on our mailing list, including access control, authentication and the Linked Data Platform.

Communications and Outreach

The social web business group met this month in San Francisco, with positive follow on discussions about the possibility of forming a social web Working Group in conjunction with the OpenSocial Foundation.  This may be helpful in creating a truly decentralized social app eco system for the Web itself.  Looking forward to further discussions!

Community Group

The community group announced the release of rww.io a great solution for personal clouds using read and write standards for identity, authentication and access control.  Already there have been a few patches submitted, in addition to make it compliant with the upcoming Linked Data Platform standard (LDP).

There has been discussion on access control, in particular, a rel type of “meta” or “acl” to link to a file that contains meta data for who can read, write, control or append to various documents.  There has also been an example of Delegated Protected Resource Access Authorization

Applications

OpenLink software continues to lead the way with the release of Virtuoso Open-Source Edition v7.0.0.  There was a post showing how to use rww.io and tabulator to achieve distributed microblogging and some demos by Kingsley showing several exercises in ‘dogfooding’ access controlled read / write spaces.

Last but not least…

More great work from Andrei with a geo location app for the rww.io platform, called FindMyLoc.  The app allows you to share your location with your friends using our own commodity storage, and in a privacy aware way.

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