The Data Transfer Project is a collaboration between Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and Google. The aim of the project is to make it easier for users to move data between services on these platforms. Currently, users are able to download their data directly from all of these services but are not able to transfer between services. That is where the Data Transfer Project would come into play making it so there is a direct transfer of data and not a download and re-upload process.
The current version of the system supports data transfer for photos, mail, contacts, calendar and tasks, drawing from publicly available APIs from Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Remember the Milk and Smugmug. Many of those transfers could already be accomplished through other means, but participants hope the project will grow into a more robust and flexible alternative to conventional APIs.
“The future of portability will need to be more inclusive, flexible, and open,” reads the white paper released today. “Our hope for this project is that it will enable a connection between any two public-facing product interfaces for importing and exporting data directly.”
“When people have data, they want to be able to move it from one product to another, and they can’t,” says Fair. “It’s a problem that we can’t really solve alone.”
It’s always interesting to watch competing companies trying to work together to solve a problem. Hopefully, the Data Transfer Project is successful so those who use multiple services can transfer data and files easier. But, it would also make switching from one service to the other a bit less painful. If you want to read more on this hit the source links below from The Verge and the provided white paper.