Monday, October 25. 2010
A few months ago, Momo came up with an idea to manage contact data in a decentralized and distributed way. The plan was to provide a simple interface to manage and distribute contact data using HTTP. Some weeks ago he finished his bachelor thesis on this topic.
After some discussions with Momo, I decided to implement his protocol specification. Fortunately, I had the possibility to do this as a software project at my university. The project was mentored by Prof. Kriha.
For those of you who don't want to download the whole documentation, here's an abstract:
We all live in times of digital communication: Almost everybody is reachable via cellphone, instant messaging or email. Not only the communication itself evolved but also the communication channels increased dramatically. Some people have multiple email addresses, instant messaging accounts and profiles on several social networks. It is virtually impossible to keep track of all the information available. To address these problems, Moritz Haarmann came up with an idea of a system which is able to manage contact data in a distributed and convenient way. The result of this idea was a protocol proposal which enables users to manage their address data so they can just stop worrying about it. This documentation describes the implementation details and design decisions made to create an usable software which uses the protocol defined by Moritz.
I've also written a documentation which describes the protocol specification, some implementation details and the technology used. Have fun with it.
i have been searching [i]ages[/i] for that; so much win!
any plans on releasing your frontend somewhere?
It is planned to release the software when it is ready to use ...
The reasons I postponed the release of the sources are:
* The protocol specification needs a rework
* The software itself has some bugs that need to be fixed
* I'm currently working on my bachelor thesis and other projects
I'm definitely releasing the software under some opensource license, but it may take some time. Stay tuned.
hey there. i'm currently also working one ( part-time, which means like 5 minutes a week ) on a) releasing the thesis, and b) creating a 2-page document explaining the protocol. Sven and I should get together soon to manage some of the details, but us being busy prevents this quite successfully so far..