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Motivation: Why Atomic Data?

Summary

This article discusses how current web standards lack control for users, leading to vendor lock-in and a lack of motivation to innovate. The author proposes Atomic Data, a new standard designed to give users more control and power over their data by making it easier to standardize data, making it easier for developers to build feature-rich, interoperable apps, and providing a more complete, strict standard. It also includes a server + database, a browser GUI, various libraries and React templates to help developers implement Atomic Data with minimal effort.

Q&As

What is the purpose of Atomic Data?
The purpose of Atomic Data is to give people more control over their data and to make standardization easier and cheaper.

What are the challenges of the existing standards and linked data?
The challenges of the existing standards and linked data are that they are too difficult to use, lack of tooling, and problems with the RDF data model.

How does Atomic Data attempt to address these challenges?
Atomic Data attempts to address these challenges by taking the best parts from RDF, creating a more developer-friendly, performant and reliable data model, and merging the semantic value of ontologies with a machine-readable schema.

How does Atomic Data make it easier for developers to build interoperable applications?
Atomic Data makes it easier for developers to build interoperable applications by providing a highly standardized protocol for fetching data, allowing developers to easily share and re-use data models, providing an intuitive model for authorization and access control, and providing existing open source Atomic Data software.

What open source Atomic Data software is available for developers?
The open source Atomic Data software available for developers includes a server + database, a browser GUI, various libraries, and React templates.

AI Comments

👍 Atomic Data is designed to give people more control over their data and help standardize the read-write web. It makes it easier for developers to build feature-rich, interoperable apps and reduce the burden of solving common issues.

👎 Vendor lock-in from companies like Google and Microsoft has limited user control and innovation, making it difficult to take data from one app to another. Atomic Data may not be enough to fully solve this issue.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about Atomic Data and how it can help us have more control over our data. It looks at how existing standards are not well-suited for structured personal data and how Atomic Data is designed to be a standard that would give us control over our data.

Friend: That's really interesting. What are some of the implications of this article?

Me: Well, if Atomic Data is successful, people would have a lot more control over their data. They would be able to move their data from one app to another more easily and wouldn't be locked into one service. It would also make it easier for developers to create feature-rich, interoperable apps, as a lot of the work would be done for them. Plus, the standard would make it easier and cheaper to create and share data models.

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Technical terms

Vendor Lock-in
A situation in which a customer is dependent on a vendor for products and services, and is thus unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs.
Standardize
To make something conform to a standard or set of rules.
Read-Write Web
A term used to describe the ability to both read and write data on the web.
Linked Data
A method of publishing structured data on the web, and connecting it with other data sources.
RDF
Resource Description Framework, a standard model for data interchange on the web.
Semantic Web
A web of data that can be processed by machines.
UML
Unified Modeling Language, a visual language for describing software systems.
OpenAPI
A standard, language-agnostic interface to RESTful APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation, or through network traffic inspection.
Atomic Data
A new data model designed to make it easier to create and use open standards for data sharing.
Atomic Schema
A machine-readable schema for describing data models using Atomic Data.
Atomic Commits
A protocol for versioning data using Atomic Data.
Atomic Hierarchies
A model for authorization and access control using Atomic Data.

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