What is Solid?


Solid is an exciting new project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, taking place at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute. The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy.

What does Solid offer?


Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols.

At a glance, here is what Solid offers...


True data ownership

Users should have the freedom to choose where their data resides and who is allowed to access it by decoupling content from the application itself.

Modular design

Because applications are decoupled from the data they produce, users will be able to avoid vendor lock-in by seamlessly switching the apps and personal data storage servers, without losing any data or social connections.

Reusing existing data

Developers will be able to easily innovate by creating new apps or improving current apps, all while reusing existing data that was created by other apps.

Showcase


Here are a few examples of prototype applications we have built using the Solid stack.

Blogging
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Notifications
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Profile editor
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Contacts
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Microblogging
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Authoring & Annotations
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MEET OUR TEAM


Solid is being developed by the Crosscloud team with Andrei as Lead Developer and Tim as Lead Architect.

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Ashraf Aboulnaga (QCRI Research Director, Distributed Systems)

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Tim Berners-Lee (MIT Professor)

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Sarven Capadisli (MIT Visting PhD Student, from University of Bonn)

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Abdurrahman Ghanem (QCRI Software Engineer)

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Nicola Greco (MIT PhD Student)

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Amy Guy (MIT Visiting PhD Student, from University of Edinburgh)

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Sandro Hawke (MIT, Technical Staff)

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Lalana Kagal (MIT Principal Research Scientist)

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Essam Mansour (QCRI Senior Software Engineer)

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Andrei Sambra (MIT Postdoctoral Associate)

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Dmitri Zagidulin (MIT Technical Staff)

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Maged Zereba (QCRI Senior Software Engineer)

CONTACT US


CSAIL-MIT
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

solid-contact@mit.edu

(+1) 617-258-8143

Copyright © 2016 The Solid Project.