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Solid Community Group

The aims of the Solid project are in line with those of the Web itself: empowerment towards an equitable, informed and interconnected society. Solid adds to existing Web standards to realise a space where individuals can maintain their autonomy, control their data and privacy, and choose applications and services to fulfil their needs.

The mission of the Solid Community Group is to describe the interoperability between different classes of products by using Web communication protocols, global identifiers, authentication and authorization mechanisms, data formats and shapes, notifications, and query interfaces.

To contribute towards a net positive social benefit, we use the Ethical Web Principles to orient ourselves. The consensus on the technical designs are informed by common use cases, implementation experience, and use.

Solid Technical Reports lists Work Items, information on how to Participate, and the Solid of Code of Conduct (in addition to the Positive Work Environment at W3C: Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.)

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Call for Participation in Solid Community Group

The Solid Community Group has been launched:

The Solid project aims to improve privacy and data ownership on the Web through a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications.

The mission of the Solid Community Group is to try to reshape the web by fostering a new breed of applications with capabilities above and beyond anything that exists today. Participants in this group will create applications, author technical specifications, and capture best practices.

Participants in this group who contribute to the Solid code base should also review the guidelines and best practices for contributing to the Solid project.

This group will publish Specifications.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2018-10-02 by Melvin Carvalho. The following people supported its creation: Melvin Carvalho, Gregg Kellogg, Dan Brickley, Jose Emilio Labra Gayo, Roman Evstifeev, Andy Seaborne, Peter Bruhn Andersen, Thomas Francart. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

The group must now choose a chair. Read more about how to get started in a new group and good practice for running a group.

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W3C Community Development Team