From Data, Much is Possible
These are just a few examples of the new kinds of value that can be extracted from data when it can be extracted from the services used to create it and manipulated by other applications. In these cases, there are elements of storytelling, multimedia presentation and emotional communication that are all made possible by working with the data.
The data we create online isn’t always as easy to access though as location data is from services like MapMyRide.
One of the people working to change that is Jeremie Miller, inventor of the widely used Instant Messaging protocol XMPP and now co-founder of personal data locker startup Singly. (Here’s our in depth write-up of Singly and The Locker Project.)
“When you own your data, anyone can create a new way for you use it, visualize it, experience it and share it,” Miller says.
“When someone else owns your data, then new tools can only be developed with the permission of that 3rd party and tied to that 3rd party’s system. For those that want to create new experiences, they have to overcome either the permission barriers, or the technological barriers, or the submit-to-a-dictator barriers before doing something great for you with (what should be) your own data. That’s a lot of impedance. For every one awesome new experience that can make it past all that and/or find data that is more free/accessible, there are 10, or 100 more, that didn’t overcome the barriers.”
Thank goodness for freely accessible personal location tracking data; look at the kinds of cool things it makes possible. Perhaps some day all our data, from social networking to health records, will be as accessible to us who should own it to innovate on top of. That would be epic.
My Notes: Again, crowd sourcing is the new direction to go; we just need to arm people with tools to allow them draw insights directly from their own experiences, not to wait for centralized data collectors and analysts to dispense news and info! Ecological research is born this way!