Today, businesses gather and store increasingly large amounts of customer data – from their names and email addresses to phone numbers, IP addresses, and whatnot. And that's not necessarily a bad thing if it helps ensure a better user experience and personalise their marketing strategies.
Still, you own your data. So, if at any point you'd like to move from one service provider to another, you might want to take your data with you. Just like you'd take your stuff with you when moving to a new apartment.
And you have the right to do it – data portability, enforced by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), means that you can request from your existing service provider to either download your data (so that you can upload them elsewhere afterward) or transfer your data to another service provider.
But, as always, nothing is as simple as it sounds.
First of all, there's no interoperable format that would enable outright data portability from one platform to another. Secondly, there are plenty of examples of data breaches and mishandling of personal data by online platforms, meaning the data may be transmittable but not always safe.
These and other challenges are the key focus of the Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI). Launched under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, DAPSI empowers top innovators to develop tech solutions addressing some of the most pressing data portability challenges.
19 of the most advanced data portability solutions under one roof
The third cohort of the DAPSI accelerator program has come to an end, bringing to life 19 cutting-edge solutions in the area of data portability. On October 18th, these projects will be showcased at the Final DAPSI Event #3, which will take place at Cap Digital in Paris and online.
The participants will not only have the chance to see the latest innovations in data portability but also meet the minds behind these ideas and ask them questions. The event will also include keynotes from previous editions' graduates, such as Alias and Rulebook, who will share the latest challenges and new perspectives on data portability.
Altogether, 46 teams participated in one of the three cohorts of the DAPSI accelerator program, which lasts nine months and provides the teams with up to €150K of equity-free funding to help develop their solutions. The amount of funding depends on the team size and how fast the project progresses.
During the program, the teams worked with experts in diverse fields who provided them with successful working methodologies, access to the necessary infrastructure, as well as coaching, mentoring, training in business, and more.
Previous cohorts' success stories include the open-source messaging platform Snikket, the open-access publishing platform for scientific and academic publications Orvium, and the end-to-end encrypted and open-source collaboration suite CryptPad.
The Final DAPSI Event #3 will be hosted by the consortium member Cap Digital, along with partners Zabala, F6S, IMT Starter, and Fraunhofer IAIS and Engineering. It begins at 9.30 AM and ends at 5 PM CET with networking and cocktails.
The event is free of charge, but attendees are asked to register here.