Solid is an exciting new project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, taking place at MIT. The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy.
Specifically, Solid is:
- A tech stack – a set of complementary
data formats/vocabularies that together
provide capabilities that are currently available only through centralized
social media services (think Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/many others), such as
identity, authentication and login, authorization and permission lists,
contact management, messaging and notifications, feed aggregation and
subscription, comments and discussions, and more.
- A Specifications document
that describes a REST API that extends those existing
standards, contains design notes on the individual components used, and is
intended as a guide for developers who plan to build servers or applications.
- A set of servers that
implement this specification.
- A test suite for testing and validating
- An ecosystem of social apps,
identity providers and helper
libraries (such as solid.js) that run on
the Solid platform.
- A community providing documentation, discussion (see the
solid gitter channel),