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Owning Your Cloud Data (Part II of Data Ownership on the Web)

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The most well known, yet still problematic, area of data ownership in our web-based world is all the data we keep housed "in the cloud" in the machines of the services we use every day.
The contents of your blog at TumblrThe documents your company shares on Google DriveYour to-do list at Nozbe or Remember the MilkThe music you've bought and listen to at AmazonAll your family photos kept safely (you hope) on Flickr All of these services hold the information that is important to you, that you depend on, in many cases defines a large part of who you are (your writings, your photos, your musical tastes). How often do you plan for these services having a major outage? Or vanishing entirely and forever? Or suffering some kind of terrible data loss?

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The Problem With Web Data

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What does it mean to "own" my data in a web-based world? I don't know what this means, but we should.

Before the growing responsibilities of "The Web" is for us, owning my data meant the files sat on my own machine. It meant the files were in a format that was either human readable, or documented well enough that alternative tools could read it or convert it. It meant no vendor could die, or change its mind, and make my data useless to me.

This isn't the case in the web today.

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