Danger, Will Robinson!

This post from techcrunch today, As Predicted, Yahoo Joins OpenSocial. But Wait, There’s More, has raised concerns for me for the DataPortability project.

At this moment, there are no official published DataPortability standards / blueprints, yes there is a page that lists various open source technologies on DataPortability site but nothing official. And it looks like the 3 big guys (Google, MySpace, Yahoo) have taken the opportunity to rally around Google’s OpenSocial as one data portability standard under the charter of a non-profit foundation OpenSocial Foundation like OpenID.

IMO, this could spell trouble for DataPortability.org. If sufficient momentum gathers around this initiative with already published standards (and why not, 3 big guys are already on it), it can become the de facto standard quickly rendering yet-to-be-established DataPortability standards inert. The expression that comes to mind “Danger, Will Robinson!”.

2 Responses to “Danger, Will Robinson!”

  1. 1 Chris Saad March 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    OpenSocial is a different yet synergistic effort to DataPortability.

    While they are defining how to build apps within a container, we are talking about how to link containers. And not just social containers, but any container that deals with data (could be CRM for example).

  2. 2 bngu March 25, 2008 at 6:01 pm


    Good point and distinction. I pondered over the same thing recently, should DataPortability standards be more about data accessibility / interoperability between sites using a standard format (Microformat?) or is it about which container to use. I think we are on the same page 🙂

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