Is there any plan to promote data standards?
Safe is a giant global database which means that anyone can use any public data how they see fit. This brings a lot of benefits for all kind of reasons but I fear that without a strong push to promote data standards from the beginning we might end up with a bunch of semi-similar-but-not-quite-enough-to-be-useful bits of data.
For example if you build a store, then maybe each product should be within its own mutable data with a set of specific key-value pair that describe the product. Under “owner_id” you would always get the id of the mutable data that contains the profile of the owner. Under “pictures” a list of picture of the product. Things like that.
If all stores follow the same standard it would be very easy to build novel concept. We could make a “master wishlist” for example where you can add products from all kind of stores. Or a “super cart” to order items from different stores. Or a “global supply chain” that is always up-to-date with the latest prices of your providers.
Or maybe you would like to create a playlist containing a mix of videos, podcasts and songs? Easy done if they all follow the same standard.
I’m just scratching the surface but you get the idea. I think that open-data has the potential to really set Safe apart from the web and I’d love to explore that further.
A comment on the dev forum made me think about an app to help with that but before going too deep into it I’d like to know what people think on the subject and especially if there is currently any plan or vision to promote that.
So anyway, thoughts?