allow people to link to their wishes and offers kept in a platform of their choice
Let's say someone has an account on platform like: http://communitytools.info or http://justfortheloveofit.org or whatever else and already cultivates there list of wishes and offers. With intelligent use of current technologies (like Linked Data) such person could just link to those lists in systems like http://giftflow.org http://freecycle.org http://ilovefreegle.org http://letsallshare.com http://ecomodo.com and growing...
i would like to start inviting people from all those projects to have mercy for people using them and make them all inter-operable, most likely using this working group for collaborating on it: http://www.w3.org/community/community-io/
Elf, Thank you for the suggestion. You bring up a serious issue with our system and others. Maintaining borders between communities of giving and sharing is not a good idea, however building the tools so that data can flow between them seamlessly is not easy either.For now, we have an RSS feed (http://www.giftflow.org/rss/?location=new%haven) but it needs improvement. I am definitely interested developing GiftFlow’s interoperability. I will check out LInkedData and the w3.org group. Any more resources you can point me to would be great. -Hans
elf Pavlik commented
Hi Hans, thanks for giving this topic your attention!
I don't see it as easy task but as very important for everyone. To face this challenge I see need of crating agnostic collaboration space for people developing all those systems. Before we can overcome borders we crate with our technologies in community, we (developers, maintainers) can start befriending and getting to know each other. For technological side I see Community I/O group on W3C platform as an interesting possibility, of course staying open for other suggestions!
elf Pavlik commented
this way we can:
* embrace diversity and freedom of choosing services / avoiding monopoly
* take advantage of linked data to overcome language barriers ex:
using http://www.freebase.com/view/en/laptop (or dbpedia links) can help with donating a laptop for example to someone who needs it in Africa and asks for it in language XY (while someone using http://bewelcome.org goes there anyway to travel and can take it like in: http://sustainablepost.org so no extra shipping...)