Data is seen as the new oil. But data is only crude oil. In order to make it useful, you need to refine it and make products out of it. The big difference is that you can use and re-use and re-use the same data over and over again to extract new or more refined insights. With the rise of business and artificial intelligence, it is obvious that there is a lot to gain.
The idea behind Social Linked Data is simple. As a user, you are in complete control of your own data. In other words, applications are merely views which combine your and the companies’ data to provide you with the service of your desire. As a result, you can switch between apps and data stores without losing your data.
Solid’s method of data storage consists of Personal Online Data Stores or “pods”. Because of their modular nature, pods do not need to contain all the data regarding one category. In fact, they don’t even need to be on the same server. This means you can easily decide which access to give to which application!