Within the SOLID ecosystem, you decide where your data is stored. Install Solid Pod to store the photos you have, the comments you write, the contacts in your address book, the calendar events, the number of kilometers you travel each day from your exercise application. They are all stored in your Solid POD.
This Solid POD can be at your home or workplace, or with a Solid POD provider. Since you own your data, you can move them at any time, without service interruption.
How to install Solid Pod?
Give people and their apps permission to read or write in parts of your Solid POD. Every time you open a new app, you don't have to fill in your details anymore - they are read from your POD with your permission. Things saved through one app are available in another: you never have to sync, because your data stays with you .
This approach protects your privacy and is also excellent for developers from applications with artificial intelligence. They can create great applications without having to collect large amounts of data. Anyone can create an application that takes advantage of this technology.
For install Solid Pod, go to the following link and register your data, you will get a private key to store your personal data that you can carry on a USB stick.
YOUR POD IS YOUR PRIVATE PERSONAL STORAGE KEY
Store everything you want in your own solid POD. PODs are like web-safe USB sticks, which you can access from anywhere. When you give others access to parts of your POD, they can react to your photos and share their memories with you. You decide what things people and apps can see.
Think of your Solid POD as your own private website, except that your data interacts with all your applications. It has its own personal API that goes with it. When you post comments or videos online, your friends can view them with any app they like, like an album viewer or social network. It is your information, which can be formed in any way or form.
YOUR SOLID POD PROVIDES YOUR IDENTITY
To demonstrate ownership of your data, you need a way to identify yourself. Instead of trusting a third party, you can use your Solid POD to tell who you are. So no more "Login with X" or "Login with Y" on the Web, just «Login with your own Solid POD» .
«The web, as I had imagined it, we have not seen yet. The future is still much bigger than the past. - Tim Berners.
Solid is the technology that supports a movement, led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to turn the web, towards its original vision. To understand Solid's 'why', it is important to understand the phases of a web page and how it deviates from Sir Tim's original and inspiring vision.
The idea of Solid Pod on the web
The first web browser was also an editor. The idea is that not only can everyone read content on the web, but they can also help create it. It should be a space for collaboration for all humanity.
However, when the first browser that popularized the web appeared, called Mosaic, it included multimedia and the edition was removed. It was considered too difficult a problem. This change was the first reduction in the promise of the web and sparked an effort led by Tim and others to regain writing functionality. It was nicknamed the 'read-write website' and led to seminal article of Richard McManus published in 2003.
Solid has taken over 15 years of development work to finally finish on this.
Solution to privacy problems
The problem with writing data, like wikipedia and other systems. It has been learned that you need a degree of control over who can write what. That means you need to have permissions to modify data. And to have permissions, you need to have an identity system, a way to uniquely confirm that an individual is who they claim to be.
The web was always designed to be a space for data and documents. The Linked Data Platform group further formalized it by creating a standard for working with file systems. When combined with Unix philosophy they form a powerful way to accomplish this. These principles, the ability to read and write and the accessibility of managed data are key to the original and powerful concept of the web. Sadly, they got lost along the way as the web evolved.
Solid has been based on existing web standards and the result of decades of work. Solid has the read and write functionality, incorporating permissions and identity. We have the ability to manage data and updates in real time through a websocket.
Builds the web as originally intended and provides a platform for the next generation of applications development truly potential and innovative.