DataTao is going to be an interoperable data hub for user controlled data. DataTao is primarily about programmatic access to an individualâ€™s data and only has as much UI as is needed to richly support its base functionality.
So why do I call it an â€˜interoperableâ€™ data hub? Thatâ€™s because DataTao is designed to act as a bridge between many of the current identity protocols. While DataTao will provide storage for people that donâ€™t have their data stored and available from elsewhere, its main purpose is to consume and forward data from its authoritative source(s).
It is my opinion that DataTao is a necessary and required next step in the evolution of the DataWeb. While DataTao by itself is NOT a compelling application it is a needed piece of infrastructure. It will hopefully encourage and enable people to build internet 2.0 applications and maximize the leverage of those already built.
In order to drive adoption DataTao will provide some Apps that use the DataWeb for persistence in conjunction with the DataTao launch. These apps have not been finalized yet but will likely include Exchange and Mac Mail integration (Self updating address books) as well as a rich interface for person to person profile information sharing (i-share).
I got to meet Ajay of AmSoft for the first time and see the i-names being used on the a cell phone. This is push to communicate asserting preferred mode of communication.