Google has announced to provide $3 million over the next five years for the Data Transfer Project (DTP) that it announced in the year 2018. The Data Transfer Project was founded by Google, Apple, Facebook (now Meta), Microsoft, Twitter and SmugMug to “simplify data portability for people around the world.” It aims to make switching to competing services easier for internet users.
What exactly is Data Transfer Project
The Data Transfer Project was launched to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all internet users across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want. It aims to build a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms. The project is still in development and is not quite ready for everyone to use yet.
How is Data Transfer Project different from other methods of moving data
Unlike traditional methods of moving files from one service to another, which require reliable broadband or drawing on mobile data plans, with DTP users can simply authorize a copy of the data to safely move to a new service without having to download it to a personal device first. This means that users can try new services without the burden of needing additional storage. Alos, any company or organization can use DTP’s open source code, meaning even smaller companies that don’t have the engineering resources to build custom data portability solutions can take advantage of DTP’s tools and give users an easy way to bring their data to a new service.
What are some use cases of DTP
The use cases for users include:
* Porting data directly between services
* Trying out a new service
* Leaving a service
* Backing up your data