This is a thread to keep our conversation going in regards to a universal datastore - the fulfillment on the idea of a Personal Data Locker (David Siegel) (premium Medium article from 2019 which embeds his 8 min YouTube video) and what I’m noticing some people now call the “ownership economy”
This is all part of a vision we have freedom to choose the optimal UI to view/manipulate our data for the specific task at hand and this changes moment to moment.
Excerpting the discussion from Testing conversation threading in Slack vs. quoting in Discourse:
then society goes off and makes email and texting basic primitives
I noticed two tweets today that made me think there is indeed gold at the other end of the rainbow!
Special request to keep discussion as high level as possible - my intent of sharing these two components is not to do a deep dive but rather to seed the discussion!
- GitHubNext’s Flat Data project (tweet) leverages the familiarity of a spreadsheet to manipulate/view data
Flat Data eschews the complexity of many tools in the data/ETL space in favor of something simple and flexible enough for many workloads, but which requires no user-maintained infrastructure. While Flat has a ton of utility for developers, we want to make it easier for scientists, journalists, and other developer-adjacent audiences to develop lightweight, data-driven apps.
It never ceases to amaze me what masters get done in spreadsheets - if this brings us a step closer to making it easier to attach workflows to our own data, I’m all in!
“Bluesky is building a protocol for large-scale distributed social applications. We want public discourse to occur on open infrastructure which gives users a choice in their experience, creators control over their relationships with their audience, and developers freedom to innovate without permission from a platform.”
I believe I’ve shared in another post the platform fatigue I experience not from generating content per se, but from leading/moderating long-tail discussions only to have the platform go belly up, go passe, or just plain abandoned (lack of maintenance or funding) - I feel I’ve experienced it all!
for the record, I do remain skeptic of markdown as a basic primitive (as it is not accessible to people who don’t code or have any concept of code) and aware this is a unifying layer that is text-based and part of Discourse so I’m open
I have to agree, my UN*X plain text files, while I am not actively editing mine, continue to be the most persistent over the decades so it makes sense.
it seems anything in between (eg. HTML) while dominant, still isn’t our chosen “storage” format (again, for good reason!)
ok - hope to be surprised with the advanced “basic” primitives of the future