Episode 12 of the DataPortability: In-Motion Podcast welcomes Steve back to the fold. In this episode we talk to Drummond Reed (a.k.a. =Drummond), a valued participant across the identity and data portability space. Drummond is most well known as one of the pioneers of the XRI (Extensible Resource Identifier) and XDI (XRI Data Interchange) open standards at OASIS where he co-chairs the XDI and XRI Technical Committees.
During the discussion, Drummond identified two key areas needing solutions within the scope of data portability: common definitions and portable authorization. XDI and link contracts solve these problems.
In the context of data portability, ever since I first heard the term when wearing my XDI TC hat, I said, “That’s like the mission statement for the XDI Technical Committee in two words. Why didn’t we just say it’s data portability.” If there’s one headline feature of XDI, it’s data portability. XDI is a protocol for sharing data, just like HTTP is a protocol for sharing content.
Of note, history was in the making during the discussion. While hunting for an appropriate analogy describing the underlying description model, Steve hit upon using the periodic table of elements. Look for Drummond using it in his next series of talks.
Leading the episode, we quickly touch on the following bits of news:
- Graphing Social Patterns East
- Supernova 2008 Conference
- Plaxo Personal Card + Google FriendConnect
- MySpace Data Availability Launches
- Information Card Foundation Launches
Episode 12: Listen Episode Length: 00:52:59