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The DataPortability group held an open nomination period to elect the first DataPortability steering group. Twelve people stepped forward and since the group was set to hold 12, no election was necessary. Here are the new DataPortability steering group members in alphabetical order:
– J. Trent Adams
– Daniela Barbosa
– Elias Bizannes
– Brady Brim-DeForest
– Steven Greenberg
– Brett McDowell
– Drummond Reed
– Steve Repetti
– Chris Saad
– Christian Scholz
– Steve Williams
– Phil Wolff
Looks like an intelligent set of folks. Check out all of our DataPortability coverage.
Chris Saad, leader of the data portability Web site has posted a personal and internal note of thanks to the ever-growing community of Web users wanting more from their data. I’ve pasted his message below. We’ve written about DataPortability a good number of times before and believe that it’s critical that everyone owns their data and can choose how it’s used, where it’s used and when it’s used.
I just wanted to write a personal note of thanks to this community. We have all commented and made statements about "Six Months Strong" or "[Insert big vendor] joins the project]," but in all the excitement I have not had a chance to share my personal thanks.
As everyone knows by now, this project started as a very small idea by a small group of individuals who wondered out loud, "Does everyone know those cool standards could fit together?" — or "Why not create a set of best practices for implementing these standards so that all the implementations just worked" — or "Could we prove the Web really is the ultimate social network platform?"
Since that time, the project has had some very high profile wins. The result: all sorts of challenges and opportunities — the kind that comes with rapid scaling.
Challenges like messaging (are these guys all about hype and big vendors?), governance (who makes the decisions around here?), definitions (what does "data portability" really mean anyway) and egos (who the heck is this Chris Saad dude and why is he on TechCrunch and Read/Write Web so much?).
I am so proud of how, at our early flash points, and in the ensuing weeks and months, the co-founders, early participants and new faces banded together to resist the urge to "lock down"’ the project. No smoke filled rooms and exclusivity. Believe me, that would have been an easy way to go. But the tougher path is proving to be the right one for us and for our goals. I am proud of how everyone has been so welcoming of each other and has worked so hard to execute our mission while building our messaging, community and light-weight governance model. I am also proud of how much momentum we have continued to gather.
The resulting opportunities are bright indeed.
We have an opportunity to look back with respect and deference at the Standards Groups and Lobby Groups who have come before us (many of whom are still actively working on and lobbying for openness). Without their amazing ground work and ongoing technical standards work Data Portability would not and will not be possible.
We have the opportunity to look around and recognize the enormous potential we have around us. Potential reflected in the conversation we have helped to shape, in the partners we have managed to invite and the people who have joined us on the journey. This group has earned a reputation for being the most diverse, geographically disbursed and open collaboration projects of its kind. The countries, vendors, and skill sets represented here is astounding. It even feels like we have a great gender balance as well.
And we have the opportunity laying before us. A web-wide ecosystem of inter-operable applications. The beginning of a common data layer for the web.
At all times we need to be clear, however, that our work is to shine a light on the others around us who are at the front lines, to encourage openness and transparency in the community and in the final best practices and manage the expectations of end-users.
I’d like to thank those who have been supportive of the project from the beginning. You have made it happen. I am simply the most visible part of a very, very big team of people who really deserve all the credit – including YOU. Thank you, too, for your personal support and friendship. You have made this fun as well!
I’d also like to thank the loyal opposition, the critics and even the detractors. They have helped us refine our vision and forced us to re- commit to our vision each step of the way.
I look forward to continuing to work with you all to tighten the bolts on the wiki, spread the message and work throughly on our first major deliverable – the DataPortability Technical Best Practices.
Co-Founder and Chairperson