5th September 2019

Hello and welcome to another edition of This Month in Solid!

Solid is a set of open specifications, built on existing open standards, that describes how to build applications in such a way that users can conveniently switch between data storage providers and application providers and take the data generated along.

This is a monthly summary of Solid progress.

Want something mentioned? Contact the Solid Manager at info@solidproject.org. This Month in Solid is openly developed on GitHub. If you find any errors in this month’s issue please submit a pull request.

Weekly Solid Call

Every Thursday there is an hour long public call where newcomers can introduce themselves, anyone can ask general questions about Solid, and we recap the weeks works on Solid.

You can read the minutes of this weeks call here.

Next weeks call will be on the 12th September at 1600 CEST on this line. You can find the agenda here where you can also add items by joining the W3C Solid Community Group or send an email to info@solidproject.org.


Talks & Articles

Have you seen any articles or talks about Solid this week? If you’ve seen any talks, articles, or written blog posts about Solid please do send them over for next week.

  • Accelerating the pace of change for data ownership by David Lee in The Scotsman (article currently unavailable)

Upcoming Solid talks:

Upcoming Events

Solid Events are run by members of the Solid community like you. If you are interested in organising a Solid Event you may be interested in reading the tips for a organising successful Solid events here.

Date Event Organiser
12-09-2019 Solid Berlin Christian Buggedei
10-10-2019 Solid Amsterdam Jeroen van Beele

Solid Implementation

If you have any new apps, Pods, or identity providers or there are updates to existing Solid implementations make sure to add them to the list so they get included in next weeks edition. There are no updates on Solid implementations this week.

Solid Development

The Solid standard is currently referred to as the specification.

All work on Solid Development is carried out on the Solid GitHub account. Here is an overview of the the repositories on the Solid GitHub.

Solid Development Process

You can read about how development of the Solid specification works which is led by the editors.

Process Proposals:

Approved Process changes

Solid Development Roles

This week the Solid Manager role was approved with a corresponding conversation

Stakeholders.md got updated this week. If you would like to be listed on stakeholders please submit a pull request.


Editors are responsible for reviewing proposals to the Solid specification.

Anyone can apply to be an editor by submitting a pull request.

New editors:


Solid Panels are groups of individuals focused on a specific problem or domain relevant to Solid, with an aim to propose changes to the Solid Specification, Solid Roadmap, and/or Supporting Documentation. Anyone may join a panel or suggest a new panel by submitting a pull request.

Solid Proposal Development

Here is an overview of active panel conversations to work on generating proposals this week.

There have been some changes to panels:

Panel Conversations
Accessibility Panel no activity
App Authorization Panel no activity
Artificial Intelligence Panel no activity
Authentication Panel no activity
Caching Panel no activity
Cryptography (Signing and Encryption) Panel no activity
Data Interoperability Panel no activity
Explaining the Vision Panel no activity
External Interop and Outreach Panel no activity
Identity Panel no activity
Internationalisation Panel no activity
Natural Language Processing Panel no activity
Notifications Panel no activity
Privacy and Individuals Rights Protection Panel no activity
Query Panel no activity
Self Hosting no activity
Specification Entry Document Panel How does client apps know that certain ACL files cannot be deleted?
Teaching Materials Panel no activity
Test Suite Panel Added inrupt pod sever config, inrupt-pod-server Dockerfile is missing config.json , Update some version dependencies, More tests with authenticated users and various origins

Proposals for Editorial Review

Anyone can draft a proposal and submit it for editorial review. There are no proposal for editorial review this week.

Editorial Revision

Proposals to Solid undergo editorial review by the editors.

This week the following proposals were reviewed.

Proposal Associated Panel Editorial Assignment Substantive Change (yes/no) Vote of Assigned Editors
Write CORS section and Add CORS section Explaining the Vision Panel Unknown Unknown Unknown
Add HTTP section Explaining the Vision Panel Unknown Unknown Unknown

Updates on Solid Projects

Solid projects are activities happening on the Solid GitHub other than panels. Below are the links to where there were active conversations on each of the projects.

Node Solid Server Project

Data Browser Project

Until next week!

Mitzi László

This Month in Solid