February 29, 2008
The Google Health Announcement has a few yellow (just before red) flags for me. is using language that sounds open, but it isn’t. This is the most recent example of this sort of language manipulation and it needs to be clarified.
From the announcement about Google Health:
Under a heading named ‘Portability’,
“Our Internet presence ultimately means that through Google Health, you will be able to have access and control over your health data from anywhere. Through the Cleveland Clinic pilot, we have already found great use-cases in which, for example, people spend 6 months of the year in Ohio, and 6 months of the year in Florida or Arizona, and will now be able to move their health data between their various health providers seamlessly and with total control. Previously, this would have required carrying paper records back and forth.”
It seems to me that Marissa is using the word ‘Portability’ to invoke the concept of Data Portability.
Data Portability is not about access to your data from any Internet connected device. Rather, Data Portability is about using established best practices so that users can bring their data with them and, more importantly, share or export that data back out.
Her post does not explicitly deal with the question of best-practice data interchange between various health record systems – only that their platform strategy will allow you to connect to (some?) services and tools. Will these connections be proprietary and lock us into a Google Health enabled record keeping system? Or will they be based on common Data Portability best practices?
February 23, 2008
In the past few months I have been reminded by many that hoping for a thing does not make it true. Watching the US Presidential Election I have heard the same theme emerge as Hilliary Clinton attempts to question Barack Obama’s ability to convert lofty and eloquent speeches into real change. I even posted a Seesmic video about it recently.
The question I have, though, is if hope does not make something happen, then what does?
Doesn’t all action involve hope? Is not hope a key ingredient for change?
Before one can achieve a thing, they must first imagine it. Before they act on their imagining they must first dare to hope that they could actually have some impact on the outcome.
Even decisions made based on fear involve a hope to avoid that which we fear.
Hope is a powerful driving force. It enables us to act. Without hope, we are often paralyzed.
Most people I talk to who ‘wish’ they could do something better, or more ambitious, have a common refrain. They dare not hope that their more lofty goals are attainable. They therefore do not act.
Imagine if you could gather a large enough group of people to hope for the same outcome. If you had the right mix of participants and the right critical mass, is there anything that hope, followed by action, can not achieve?
Criticizing hope is actually a thinly veiled claim of naivety or unjustified idealism. If one’s hopes are too big, too ambitious or too lofty, then surely they must be too naive to understand the complexity of the issue and the magnitude of the challenge ahead.
Maybe that’s true. Maybe those who start with hope and push for change have not yet been sufficiently jaded by a broken system or violent resistance to their ideas.
Maybe, though, if those idealistic and naive people (if in fact they are those things) can somehow encourage others to hope, and then still others; maybe, just maybe, hope will turn into action, and action will turn into real change.
To paraphrase the West Wing… “Do you think a small group of dedicated people can change the world” “Of course, it’s the only thing that ever has”.
Hope is not empty. It can never be false. Hope, well expressed and shared, is the beginning of something new.
Dare to hope. Then act.
February 22, 2008
While the claim is arguable, we have decided that rather than dispute the issue, we would take the advice of community members to hold a Logo Competition to replace the current logo with a new one.
So I would like to announce the “DataPortability Logo Competition”.
The logo should:
- Be distinct, unique and easily identifiable
- Remain clear and identifiable at small sizes (e.g. 16×16)
- Convey the concept of moving/owning/syncing data
- Aesthetically fit in with a broad range of site/application designs
- Provide a clear silhouette that can be rendered in multiple colors
As part of the submission, you must be willing to give up all your rights to the copyright and donate it to the community via the DataPortability project.
Submissions can be made via JPG/GIF/PNG however please be prepared to provide high resolution/vector graphic versions of your work.
The main reason for getting involved, of course, is simply to help the community create an important Trust Mark for the emerging Data Portability conversation. As a bonus, however, we are accepting prizes from any vendors who would like to donate to the effort.
Current prize list:
- iPhone from Jive Software
- Weeks ad space on Techcrunch! Thanks to Michael Arrington over at Techcrunch
- A Month ad space on either CenterNetworks (www.centernetworks.com) or
HTMLCenter (www.htmlcenter.com) thanks to Allen Stern
- $100 from Bub.blicio.us thanks to Brian Solis
- $100 of Compete Credits to get access to premium reports thanks to Jay Meattle at Compete.
- $500 and a “I’d sync that” T-shirt from Plaxo thanks to John McCrea
- An A0 Trendmap from Information Architects
- $100 from HedgeHog Lab
- Free Ticket to Plugg (worth €500) thanks to Robin Wauters
2nd and 3rd Prize will be:
If you would like to donate prizes to this competition, please email me. I will update this post to mention sponsors and prizes if any offers come in.
The co-founders of the DataPortability project, along with the steering group, will make a short list. We will then provide a web-based voting system for the community to make the final choice.
If you have a solid web-based voting solution you can recommend for that stage of the competition, please email me sooner rather than later.
- Submissions should be made to the Flickr pool.
- The deadline for submissions is March 11 2008
Once we have a logo (or at least a short list) we would welcome legal help/advice/sponsorship regarding TM and/or Community Marks so that we can ensure the logo is free and clear of IPR entanglements. If you are a legal firm and would like to sponsor this part of the process, please email me.
Spread the word:
Please help spread the word about this competition so that we can get a great cross-section of contributions and create something the community can be proud to use across the web.
Comment re: Red Hat:
Please do not flame Red Hat for their letter. It is likely that the decision to send the C&D was made by one legal person and is an honest and generic attempt to protect their TM. As a group, we hope to work with all vendors/organizations to play nice and create a healthy DataPortability enabled Internet. We welcome Red Hat to join us.
Please note that while this competition is going on, DataPortability Action Groups will continue to do the real work of promoting best practices and standards for interoperability of personal user data. Watch the timeline for updates.
Don’t forget to submit your logos to the Flickr Pool.
Co-Founder and Chair, DataPortability Project
Update: You can Digg it here to help spread the word!
February 12, 2008
I just got this email from Antihill Magazine:
Dear Young Entrepreneur,
A friend, colleague or fan of your work recently nominated you for Anthill Magazine’s 30under30 Awards, a national awards program designed to recognise and encourage young Australian entrepreneurs.
Details of your nomination are below, including th name of the generous person who nominated you for this awards program.
If you’d like to nominate me you can do so on the Antihill website!