On Dec 21, 12:29 am, Chris Saad <chris.s...@gmail.com
> So the conversation on the Social Network Portability google group is
> going a bit crazy..
> The challenge is very simple. Write an import tool to convert 1 type
> of personal data from 1 proprietary silo into the open standard's
> listed and list it on the wiki.
> The point is that the result is open source and usable by all.
> Any specific projects to do anything more complicated with the data is
> beyond the scope of the challenge. If we can't get this simple thing
> right, then the rest doesn't matter.
I appreciate your intention here Chris - in fact if you point me to a
silo of your choice which offers enough of an interface that useful
data can somehow be pulled out, I'll have a go at opening it up over
the holiday. (A list of potential targets would be good on a Wiki
But there is a problem with the open standards listed. How, for
example, would I express the following information so it would be
portable across systems :
I often shop here:
and my Amazon Wishlist ID is 31J4DB064WSNV
and my birthday is 14th Jan (hence the significance of the above ;-)
Cramming this into hCard+XFN+APML+RSS would be like carrying milk in a
coal bucket. If you can't represent the stuff in a portable fashion,
it's a non-starter.