We are extremely proud to be able to announce that NLnet has kindly decided to support our project with a grant (Perspectives on the NLnet site). The project with name A Distributed Software Stack For Co-operation and number 2019-06-024 is funded from the NGI Zero Search and Discovery Fund.
The Next Generation Internet is an initiative of the European Union.
The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the internet for the third millennium and beyond to shape a value-centric, human and inclusive society for all.
Perspectives in NGI Zero Search
There is a strong relation between the indexing capacities of Perspectives and search. Search engines were the early Web’s main indices. Today, we see many companies offering domain-specific search, paired to excellent software that supports the parties in conducting their business, after they have connected. A savvy web user does no longer use a general search engine to find accommodation, second hand goods, a cab, a partner, a book, etcetera.
To dominate a domain, combine supply-demand matching with co-operation support!
Perspectives is to co-operation, what ActivityPub is to social networks. It provides the conceptual building blocks for co-operation, laying the groundwork for a federated, fully distributed infrastructure that support endless varieties of co-operation.
ActivityPub unlocks citizens from their enclosure by the major commercial players that have come to dominate the social domain. It opens the vista of a federalised infrastructure, accommodating cultural diversity while at the same time offering a uniform, unbroken user experience.
Likewise, Perspectives provides the conceptual and practical tools to foster growth of a distributed and federated infrastructure for co-operation support that encompasses the domains of the big supply-demand matchers. Their services can and will be complemented by many others for which currently no business model exists. These services will be integrated by design, much in contrast to the vertical silos of today’s giants. In the end, supply-demand matching may be reduced to (machine-callable) services, called from distributed software for co-operation.
This opens up a vista of a large, federated infrastructure that will be navigated, rather than searched, to let citizens engage with each other and with providers of real-world services. Navigation, after all, is the complement of search!