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Theme fund: NGI0 Discovery
Start: 2019-12
End: 2022-10


Simplify aggregation and discovery of places and events

How can we make it possible to search across different maps and lists of events maintained by different organisations? By connecting them, of course! FairSync develops and collects best practices to synchronize maps and events and to federate messengers and identities active in the global movement for sustainability. System integrators are faced with fast evolving APIs and protocols when they try to discover and connect systems and make search more easy.

We will work on master-master replication frameworks of metadata enriched data sets and test with platform providers for sustainability affairs. One approach is the "lazy master scheme": a common update propagation strategy where changes on a primary copy are first committed at the master node, afterwards the secondary copy is updated in a separate transaction at slave nodes.

We will try to advance such immediate update propagation in this project using protocols such as ActivityPub or the InCommon API. Federation of identities will be managed with SAML or oAuth2 protocols with fairlogin as a common identity provider.

Why does this actually matter to end users?

Climate change is the most crucial (and divisive) issue of our time. The world needs to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy as soon as possible, not to avoid the consequences of a rising worldwide temperature, but to limit the irrevocable damage it will cause to our environment, food and vital infrastructures as much as we can.

While the science is crystal clear on the consequences of climate change and the necessity for progress, actually changing politics, business and our own behavior is easier said than done. Around the world activists are fighting for progress, all for the same goals, but not always together. This project aims to organize and connect the actions of all these independent groups. Using the same technology that enables decentralized social networking like Mastodon, the activity hubs, events and actions can be synchronized, bringing these independent climate activists closer together into a truly global, formidable cry for sustainable change.

Run by Fairkom

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825322.