Welcome to the Solid Forum, please introduce yourself here. Great to have you on board

Hi everyone,
My name is Jose and I’m yet another one of the students commended with creating a solid-based chat app. So far it is proving to be quite the challenge for someone that is 100% new to all of these specifications and I hope to find answers to some of my questions in this community.

All the best,


@sofimrtn @danielferromeral @josecurioso

What a brilliant time to be a software student. In years to come you will be able to say “I was there at the very beginning of the new style web”.

Welcome to the forum


Hi everyone,

My name is Neil Rae - I started out on my school BBC Micro in the early 80s.

These days, I’m a Bristol based engineer - interested in the interaction between technology and creativity.



Hi Everyone,

I’m new here, please be gentle.

I’m Rob, I’ve been researching data privacy and internet co-operation / democratisation for a short while now. This work has brought me to the Solid community :wave:

I’m really interested in exploring the commercial use-cases for Solid / POD - I’m currently supporting a large UK co-operative and we’re interested in exploring the intersection between co-operatives and Solid. There seems to be a big overlap in values.

Very keen to hear from those in the community who are also musing this.



I’m eureka from China.
Here my profile


I’m Anton. I’ve been working with RDF for the past 4 years in healthcare. I have faced a lot of challenges while working with RDF and am interested in SOLID and it’s API. I work primarily with Java on backend and Angular 6 on front end. Typescript enthusiast. Please check out my profile at https://github.com/artonio.

I would like to find ways to improve the developer experience while working with RDF and SPARQL.


Hi, I am Mehdi Terdjimi.
I currently co-maintain HyLAR, a js-based semantic reasoner that works both on the server and the client sides (https://github.com/ucbl/HyLAR-Reasoner).
I followed the Solid project from afar, but recently decided to take a closer look. One of my objectives is to align HyLAR to Solid views (decentralization, spec-based, etc.).


Hallo Mitzi, this is Henk speaking. Just a short while ago (15 mins) I read about this Solid project. Immediately I surfed in that direction. And I must say it is very exciting. Don’t understand anything about it. Or better a little bit. Trying to break away from the Facebooks - Linkins - Googles etc etc. Being free and yourself again in the Web. Owner of your own data.
But I must say, it is a bit hard to get the feeling of it. It’s all new again. Takes some time. I hope to be back here soon, and do further investigations. In time I will understand it. When I have my own POD, I will hide in it asap. Or at least my personal things.
Thanks for letting me in.


Hi, I’m Lukas. I am a student at CODE University in Berlin and work with my project-team this semester on the SOLID topic. Right now we are redesigning the SOLID interface and building applications based on the semantic web. So I am curious to discuss the development of SOLID and to contribute to this amazing project!


Hi All, my name is Gertjan and I’ve since 1995 been involved in multiple software companies / start-ups working with excellent developers on various complex problems - dealing with semantics and internet technology. Generally interested to see where solid can go!



I’m Brad Allen, email ulmo+solid at sonic dot net, and my Public Solid POD URL is https://ulmo.ulmo.solar:8443 and my Public Solid WebID is https://ulmo.ulmo.solar:8443/profile/card#me and I am wondering what to experiment with.


Anything specific fields you’re interested in, technology-wise (e.g. serverside services, web applications) or research-wise (e.g. how authentication works, how authorization works, various specs)?

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Hi, I’m Pieter van Everdingen, I have a background in Technology Management, AI and business rules classification at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. I started my career in the mid ninetees as an Oracle developer using Oracle Forms, Reports and Designer/2000, but I continued my career as a project/program/release manager from the late ninetees at Baan Development (ERP software development company) managing many Beta project worldwide for new Baan products. I also updated the Baan Development Method (BDM) to a new version, which gave a clear overview of how 40 different roles were involved in the development process with 100 deliverables.

I continued to work as an Enterprise Architect at a large insurance company, where I was also a member of the International Architecture Board (ITAB) for 4 years, working on the components of our reference architecture, standards and tooling selection processes, on best practices, re-use optimization worldwide, application portfolio rationalization, consolidation, cost reductions and on improving the service levels of our ICT-department. Currently, I’m working as an independent consultant/architect, doing projects for customers, mostly Linked Data related. And I’m also working as the community manager for Platform Linked Data Netherlands (PLDN), an open network community for Linked Data experts. We share Linked Data-related knowledge and experiences in our network via events and work sessions that we organize and via publications that we produce.

For more information on Platform Linked Data Netherlands, see:

My personal interest in Solid is that I do not want to be dependent of large social media platforms, where my personal data is locked in their system. Therefore, I would like to learn about Solid and be a bit more in control myself about my personal data. My development skills are a bit ‘rustic’, but I’m now looking into the details of Solid to see how much I can do myself and where I might need some help when things are becoming too technical or too complex. But, my data modelling skills are ok, having worked on meta models, enterprise data models, life cycle data models and on knowledge models (taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies). I’m in favor of using a minimal set of coherent modeling constructs and languages to create a maximum effect and of minimizing the number of mappings that you have to make (you don’t want to get ‘lost in translation’, where you lose things during every mapping). So, from a declarative specification in a formal language, I would like to be able to dynamically generate apps as easy as possible (model/shape-driven?). But, first I want to have a good understanding of all the different building blocks of Solid and how it works, before I will become active on this forum. That might take a few weeks, but hopefully soon.

For Platform Linked Data Netherlands (PLDN), I would like to start Solid activities within our PLDN-community aligned to the global Solid-community activities. I’ve been in contact with Mitzi to discuss how we can organize these activities, given what is available now in the Solid ecosystem. At April 9th, a PLDN-Solid kick-off session will be organized in Utrecht. For more details, see:

One of the challenges of this kick-off is, that I want to have a two-hour hands-on part included in this session using good sample PODS and apps we can show as examples and where all participants can create their first POD (or adapt their existing POD) and get a good idea of how to use existing apps (e.g. you can migrate your blogs to…, you can migrate your pictures to…, etc.) and of how to develop new apps, given the Solid libraries that are available in combination with other development frameworks. It would be nice to have a ‘running example’ for all the how to topics in the session (possibly combined with the develop a Solid app during your lunch break example or something similar to this example). Does anyone has experience with this and how I can squeeze sufficient practical how to information within a two-hour timeframe that the participants become really exited in using Solid and in contributing to the Solid developments as a whole.

So, if anyone has good suggestions for a two-hour Solid hands-on experience, please let me know.



My main interest would be working on decentralized messaging, conferencing, and document storage systems. I know a lot of people are already working on that, but that’s because it’s a sore need and we all need to do our best to get good outcome.



@Ulmo decentralized messaging = Linked Data Notifications (LDN), document storage system = Linked Data Platform (LDP) - might be some interesting resources to research. Regarding conferencing, you mean like conference calls? Don’t know to much about that in terms of Solid I’m afraid, so you’ll have to excuse my ignorance there.

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Hi, I’m Billy Arante, a web developer from the Philippines. I was an IT Instructor of Tuitt Coding Bootcamp here in Quezon City, Metro Manila where we teach non-IT-background professionals to do web development and its best practices, and eventually guide them to do the career-shift; and now I am exploring the field of “useful and collaborative” software development of an open source project that will help us re-decentralize the web – by chance I found Solid.

I love working with Python, JavaScript, and PHP languages and their respective related web technologies. I am experienced with LAMP (Laravel, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and MERN (MongoDB, Express, React, Node) stacks for web application development. I love learning cutting-edge technologies, such as GraphQL. I am a newbie of systems (Rust) and functional (Haskell) programming paradigms. I am studying the fields of the Internet of Things and Blockchain. I would like to make use some of my time (at most, 3 hours) everyday and skill set to help the Solid Ecosystem in realizing its vision.

It would be nice and hoping to connect and befriend you all in this forum. :slight_smile:



I’m Tom Gallagher, a developer from London. Pleased to be here. I have some homework to do to catch up!



Hi, I am Christian Schulz from Germany, Berlin. I studied medical computer science and work most of the time as an “interface” between business and programming. I love the idea of a decentralised Web and the opportunities it holds. Currently I am helping in a big workgroup which has its Focus at ehealth. The topic right now is the Electronic Presciption and I am helping here with the Data Management. We are at an early stage and I was wondering if this would be an interesting case for solid? Please feel free to reach out - I would love to discuss this topic…to avoid just another centralized service.


I’m Richard G. Hubert, have been working with Solid since Fall 2018. I too am in the medical-device/IoT-space and am interested in re-decentralizing the web. Anyway, I got the solid server running securely on Microsoft Azure but backed off a bit since early 2019, waiting until the TLS-session confusion and the default GUI evolves a bit. Still very interested.


Hi everyone,

I’m Kevin (aka Sparika). I’ve recently replied to some issues on the webid-oidc-spec git, but I thought it would be best to present myself here. Last year I defended my PhD Thesis on the topic of user-controlled authentication in the context of WebRTC. The idea was to see how users of WebRTC services could choose their own identity providers, and how it would impact trust in their communication/authentication of their peers. I focused on trying to integrate OpenID Connect within the WebRTC specifications and see the limitations in practice. One of the perspective I wanted to explore was to use WebID-TLS as the peer-to-peer authentication protocol. Sadly, I didn’t have time to implement that.

I’m quite excited to see their is some interest for decentralized authentication and I’m trying to find some time to play again with WebRTC and WebID. This time with Solid.

By the way, my thesis, in english, is on HAL if you want to take a look.