[Catalyst] Google Summer of Code
diment at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 12:59:45 GMT 2008
So, it's that time again.
I had a thought about this. I quite like some things about
facebook. It's a useful way for me to be able to communicate with
people I've known since before I left school. But there are two
things that really irritate me about it, these are:
* Closed single platform with one vendor in control of my data
* They make me visit their website, and have pretty piss poor support
Sooo, I thought that it would be interesting to produce a Simple
Social Network Comminication Protocol. Essentially gluing existing
stuff together like OpenID, FOAF, Various levels of access control,
REST and the like to produce a distributed social networking system.
That is a web or web-service server to provide a social network for a
group, but that can also communicate with other SSNCP servers to
provide a distributed social network system.
So, I reckon this would be a two year process. Year one would be
writing the spec and getting the bits and pieces gathered together
and functioning properly on the workshop floor. Year two would
involve lots of welding, duct tape and hot glue to get the package
together. In year one, the benifit for catalyst is that lots of our
bits and pieces get a nice oil and polish. In year two we get a
product with a lot of potential to be influential on the applications
scene (rather than the architecture scene).
Any students out there who are up for applying for this?
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