Apple Joins Google, Facebook and Twitter in Data-Sharing Project

  • Data Transfer Project is an open-source project that aims to make transferring data between different services easier
  • There are now 18 contributors to the Data Transfer Project
  • Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter joined the open source initiative last summer 

The Data Transfer Project, an open-source project that aims to make transferring data between different services easier, has added Apple to the list of its current contributors.

The Data Transfer Project was launched in 2018 with Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and other contributors forming a partnership to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform.

In total, there are now 18 contributors, who believe portability and interoperability are central to innovation.

Currently, the Data Transfer Project is in the developing stage with new improvements and features on its way.

The official DTP website notes that they are, “continually making improvements that might cause things to break occasionally.”

Project Updates 

Since its launch, the official project website has been regularly updated, sharing the progress of the initiative.

Here are the recent updates, as written in the website:

  • Apple has officially joined the Project.
  • 18 contributors from a combination of partners and the open source community have inserted more than 42,000 lines of code and changed more than 1,500 files.
  • We’ve added framework features such as Cloud logging and monitoring to enable production use of the Data Transfer Project at companies developing new features.
  • We also updated integrations for new APIs from Google Photos and Smugmug that will enable users to move their photos between these services.
  • We have added new integrations for Deezer, Mastodon and Solid.

With Apple joining the Data Transfer Project, Apple’s services will now allow data transfer to other platforms. For example, you would be able to transfer data from iCloud to Google Drive.


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