Open export of data across different systems and providers
With its Article 20, the EU GDPR has codified a “Right to data portability”, which aims to reduce user’s “lock-in” with a service provider and to increase the freedom to move to another provider.
audriga, the company behind OpenXPort, was founded in 2011 with the vision of empowering email users to keep their data when switching to another service provider. As a pioneer in data portability, audriga is well aware of its many pitfalls, gaps, and challenges.
The OpenXPort project will start by providing two main results. First, a best practice document which supports developers and policymakers to address and shape the future of data portability will be created. Second, an Open Source framework for the portability of core PIM data types (Personal Information Management data; e.g.: contacts, calendars, takes, notes, files) will be defined. Given the ubiquity and key role of PIM data and prior work in this field, such an open framework has a huge potential for bringing data portability into widespread practice and also to serve as a blueprint for data portability in other domains.
The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 871498.
Under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, the Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) was launched in November 2019, to empower top internet innovators to develop human-centric technology solutions addressing the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR.