Mark, congratulations on your DevCon 2018 “Supercharging Safe & Solid” work and the safeplume demo. I’m following up on your request to get in touch with any ideas and questions. In a recent article Tim Berners-Lee gave the example of a legal firm need for Solid and commented that he is eager to see which community will be first to adopt SOLID principles. In our recent communications I introduced the Council smart city IOT opportunity for a Solid/Safe platform in Australia.
Council’s need is for Regional Management platform which separates data from the applications to enable them to access multiple IOT providers across 14 generic categories without vendor lock within a decentralised autonomous network. This is projected to create an “efficiency dividend of $100ml p.a. after 10 years in one Council (a larger one). Multiply this by 500 Council across Australia and more in the UK for example and it becomes very significant ($50bl p.a. savings/their figures). Councils are seeking an “open data network” solution which also supports inter regional and industry data exchange. This is a natural business case and systemic starting point for a Solid Safe path you describe i.e. maximising profits through system efficiencies combined with a model which systemically shares the benefits back to the community!!
This Council smart city IOT opportunity is in context of our CommunityLink model and “pitch” as follows… CommunityLink is a breakthrough Open Data Ecology (ODE) model that provides true data ownership to address global & local systemic issues via a Design Model for Global Cooperation established and deployed by a representative user established Unidroit style (global legal unification) “Unidata CommunityLink Foundation” (UCL). Leveraging a uniquely engineered decentralised autonomous network the UCL Model provides a structured approach to build a truly connected open data ecology with governance which enables safe inter community data sharing to secure cooperation & efficiency benefits not currently possible. I have described this in some detail in comments to David’s The Impossible Network and Beyond a copy of the Internet blogs.
I have now completed the Redland smart city proposal doc which provides the practical starting point to “supercharge” safe and solid around an actual Council client/partner. We believe that the Redland Smart City proposal provides the immediate commercial opportunity to bring the ICT and other core partners together to co- create a unique new open data business model and product Codemap application which integrates and leverages each of the following stakeholders vision and business path.
I will PM you the link to the Redland proposal which sits in the CommunityLink site (similar to the Solid site which describes the tools and protocols to create these decentralised closed loop hubs or what we call Codemaps) as the showcase. CL sits in the beta 2 ULB site (updated from the link send previously) which described the Open data business model, the business case and investment case. So you will be able to see the prototype proposal, the tools and the context from this link.
I agree 100% that your comment that our opportunity is to supercharge the safe network with project solid. Our belief is that the Project CommunityLink Lighthouse project and Redland proposal completes that trifecta by providing the commercial case to bring all the partners together “now” to leverage the work and path you have started.
I look forward to discussing i. the Redland proposal ii. a possible practical next solid/safe demo step from the plume blog demo (which would include a digital wallet as per your previous solid/safe/pillar comment and look to make safe farmer engagement a standard part of the smart city implementation) and iii. some related questions.
Once again congratulations on your enormous effort.