The key challenge of the OMPlanet initiative is the adoption of already existing open technologies and creation of possible synergies and interoperability.
Achieving the interoperability of such complex community-based ICT platforms is a complicated process that involves various actors and challenges far beyond technical issues. We propose the following actions: 1) create the environment and conditions for such initiatives to start 2) keep the space open for experimentation 3) invest in creating stronger and neutral coordination and standardization bodies within the ecosystem and externally (e.g. W3C, ISO, etc).
Keeping the analogy with the planetary system, the central standardization body is the sun. The sun holds all the planets in the system in right orbits (provides the standards and common protocols of interaction). Just as the sun is 'only giving and not taking', similarly whoever has power in decision-making and creates rules should not be the one who benefits from it. (In contrast the rules of existing major social networking or cloud services are made differently for each service provider by itself and competing companies are not motivated by the creation of rules that are beneficial for all parties, they rather create closed markets with rules for their own benefit).
We see the possibility to establish a neutral international body - "Network of Social Networks", which will catalyst the efforts of all member organisations or individual initiatives sharing the vision, opportunities and challenges of interoperability.
This approach will make possible an alternative trend of evolution for the global Internet ecosystem which is now threatened to become a government censured and corporate owned oligopolistic market centralized within few key service providers (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, etc.). For example with the emerging cloud computing models all the personal user data, applications and services are being increasingly swallowed into the clouds. Millions of users will be reduced into powerless clients unable to do their own computing and completely dependent on commercial cloud service providers. In contrast we offer new models of distributed local/personal clouds each one managed and owned by its community members.
We are open for collaboration with other groups and projects dealing with similar/complementary endeavors.