We’ve been building step stones for the ActivityPub community to collaborate in good conditions. Now we can have a look back and see what we achieved as a group since last APConf, and think about ways to bring our cooperation capacity to a new level – including caveats.
This BoF proposes to focus on three aspects:
- What can we do to consolidate community use of the SocialHub?
- Achievements and ways to gather more funding to develop ActivityPub software.
- What alliances can we make to facilitate wide scale adoption of federated services?
The live session will happen in Room A: https://bbb.fosshost.org/b/mor-fee-7b4-2nh
1. What can we do to consolidate community use of the SocialHub?
We talked about the difficulty of having a single place for developing the Fediverse, since many interactions between developers happen through one-on-one conversations and result in public implementations. Nevertheless the limitations of the Fediverse flow or chat venues make it difficult to build collective memory and facilitate onboarding.
Using Discourse features such as updating the first post of a topic, using quoting and wikis to go beyond linear forum usage perception, and instead build knowledge so that newcomers can jump in straight without having to go through dozens of comments requires education.
We decided to use @pukkamustard’s proposal of Fediverse Enhancement Proposal (FEP) as a starting point during the #hackathon to test-drive a collective process to build a proposal related to the collaboration with @cjs’ Library of Non-Tech and Technical Works.
2. Achievements and ways to gather more funding to develop ActivityPub software.
We discussed ActivityPub-related funding, especially the NGI0 Discovery funding scheme and planned to apply for CommonsPub and eventually the ActivityPub Test Suite if there’s interest. NGI0 funding is low-threshold, low-overhead milestones-based funding for free software for research & innovation in the domains of search & discovery, and privacy-enhancing technologies.
The topic has a list of funded ActivityPub software…
3. What alliances can we make to facilitate wide scale adoption of federated services?
We briefly mentioned the SOLID community, keeping an eye on it as ActivityPub and SOLID have converging concerns. We reviewed a number of service hosting actors like https://in.fra.red and https://libreho.st/ (such as FOSShost) who can become allies in deploying instances. Then we discussed the relationship between ActivityPub and activists, suggesting that AP is a much needed tool in social movements.
No action item here, except following up discussion in the Intermapping session.