Earlier today i was alerted via Twitter that today was Blue Beanie Day, a self organized effort to show support for web standards and accessibility when Standardistas (people who support web standards) where encouraged to wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content.
It seems that the event is in honor of Jeffrey Zeldman’s photo on the cover of his book, ”Designing with Web Standards”. Being a fan of online flash mobs and certainly a supporter of web standards i of course joined in at my earliest convenience.
The call to action however is a timely one and part of another 'movement' that is going on around 'Standardized Data Portability' that i am involved in via the dataportability.org group. The concept behind the call for a standard way to port ones' data is that "As users, our identity, photos, videos and other forms of personal data should be discoverable by, and shared between our chosen tools or vendors". Our data should be ours to share between services that we chose to share the data with and the group advocates an open standards stack for sharing and remixing of data.
On Read/WriteWeb today, Marshall Kirkpatrick acknowledging Blue Beannie day and providing his thoughts on standards also made mention of the efforts of dataportability.org . And over the last few weeks they are others beyond the current contributors, (Chris Saad, Ashley Angell, Paul Jones, Chris Messina,Ben Metcalfe, Daniela Barbosa (that of course would be me) , Phill Morle, Ian Forrester, Shashank Tripathi, Kristopher Tate, Paul Keen, Brian Suda,Emily Chang, Danny Ayers) who are also getting on board to call for the utilization of existing formats that have been identified as part of the standards stack that can and should be used together to create true open social applications.