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

Summary

As the read write community group enters it’s third year, there has been activity on infrastructure, apps (both server and client side) and some work on identity which will be an important component of Web 3.0.  To wit, the W3C has formed a brand new community group, Federated Identities for the Open Web Community Group, we hope this will enable federated identity to claim it’s rightful place as a first class citizen of the web.

The widely awaited JSON LD spec nears completion, with a feature freeze and call for implementations.

The community group welcomes new members, has begun towards writing up a Read Write Web Spec documenting some of the work we’ve been doing over the years, and now has a new apps areas with it’s first app.  There’s also upgrades to server software and a new identity provider, hosted by MIT.

Communications and Outreach

I was fortunate enough to meet up with one of the core Drupal developers, Stéphane Corlosquet, and others at the Drupal 2013 conference.  We had a productive chat about him continuing his great work to get linked data into the core of Drupal, which powers 2% of web sites.

I also met up with the team at the unhosted project, for their annual unconfernece, who are working projects that separate apps from commodity storage.  We talked about how we could work together to make a larger, and higher quality app eco system.

Community Group

The first work (mainly brainstorming) has begun to put together the ideas we’ve been talking about into a coherent document.  It will be something like a spec meets primer, and will hopefully show the techniques that can leverage the arch of WWW to read and write to resources with a given identity, that can be verified, and access controlled.

The Community Group welcomes Sean Tilley, the community manager, from the Diaspora Project.  Diaspora are hoping to make their system more federated and able to benefit from standards that join networks together, hopefully we can work together to achieve that!

Applications

The RWW now has an application area on github, located here.  The first app to date is a linked data calendar, ld-cal, which uses rdflib.js to write your calendar events to commodity storage of your choosing — something I’m already using on a daily basis!

Data.fm has had a major upgrade with lots of the new features form rww.io important into the code base.  Notable also is a new identity provider hosted by MIT which can issue you client side certificates tied to your google identity, or a new webID.

Last but not least…

For those that like mapping, you may enjoy the linked data annotation application, maphub.  There are 100s of maps both current and historic, that allow you to write to a point or rectangle and add annotations.  The data if fully exportable and linkable using web standards.

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