What Is the Data Transfer Project Created by Google?

Have you heard of the Data Transfer Project (DTP)? It is a recently announced open-source, service-to-service project created by Google, in partnership with Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter. The project is in fact a data portability platform intended mainly for consumers to easily move data from one platform to another.

Here is part of the official announcement of the data platform:

The Data Transfer Project was formed in 2017 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.

Furthermore, the creators of the Data Transfer Project “believe portability and interoperability are central to innovation, adding that “making it easier for individuals to choose among services facilitates competition, empowers individuals to try new services and enables them to choose the offering that best suits their needs“.

The four companies behind the DTP hope that other platforms will adopt this new technology which would aid the establishment of an interconnected web for users to migrate data between platforms easily and safely. The adoption of the platform will also diminish the need of setting up profiles for each and every service the user registers.

However, the usefulness of DTP goes beyond that, as it will be convenient for developers to build various tools such as software to back up data stored in social media profiles. Such a tool could also be used to entirely delete a user’s social presence.

How Will the Data Transfer Project Work?

As explained in the official project overview, the DTP framework will implement existing APIs and authorization mechanisms which will be used to access and convert data into a common format. The platform will have all (Read more...)

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