The personal data locker is a new concept by David Siegel. His idea is that we will manage all our information online, in the cloud, and have no local storage of media, files, or data of any kind. Once everything is online, you’ll see your information at all times, from any device that has access to the net. The data locker have layers of protection and disclosure. It will be faceted: it will have areas for your various interests and topics you want to keep track of. It will be searchable and modular, so you can build documents by adding existing parts together and extending them as needed. It will contain personal information like your resume, work history, education, photos, contacts, family, and much more. It will contain all your work projects, links to resources, groupware for collaboration, etc. It will be the hub for all your communications: email, voice, messages, news, etc.
The personal data locker will replace your phone, PC, book reader, music and video player, and laptop. It will let any net-enabled device become your device, so you never lose any data, and you can always log-in from anywhere and access your data.
NetBooks are the transitional products that will help lead the way to the personal data locker. People using NetBooks will want to store their information in one place, rather than on dozens of web sites with dozens of logins. They aren’t semantic – they simply recreate your old computer desktop in the cloud. But they are a start and worth watching. Whoever gets traction may be able to start implementing semantic formats and personal ontologies.
CloudO – An Apple-like OS in the cloud.
Google Chrome OS – Google’s cloud-based answer to Microsoft Windows
EyeOS – cloud-based operating system.
Here are some of the companies and groups helping build this future:
TheSemanticDesktop.org – a European group building the social semantic desktop
Dumb Phone, Screen, NetBook, semantic desktop