At import•io we see people as either: data-users, people who want data; or data-owners, people who have data. And we love them both. The benefits that we provide to the data-user are pretty self explanatory, but we are just as beneficial for data owners.
When a data-user builds a connector to a data-owner’s website and starts using the connector to access data, we try to be as transparent as possible to the data-owner that this is what is going on: we do not cycle our IP addresses, we do not obscure our browser user-agent identifiers and we are doing further work at the moment to try and better identify ourselves to data-owner’s web sites.
We want data-owners to know that a data-user is connecting to their web site. Data-owners can come to us and can claim the connectors that have been built to their sites. Once we have verified that the data-owner is who they say they are, we will be able to give the data-owner insight and analytics into the usage of their data through our platform. Exactly what these analytics look like is something that we are currently working on with the data-owners that have claimed connectors (a note for data-users: all usage-data is anonymised).
Data-owners can also block connectors if they want to and we will strictly enforce such blocks – it is, after all, the data-owners content. We recommend that data-owners do not block the connectors to their sites because if a data-user is sufficiently motivated, then all that blocking access through import•io will do is just drive the data-user to go around us and go back to web scraping, which is a bad outcome for both data-owner and data-user.
At import•io we believe that the relationship between data-users and data-owners is broken. We are at the beginning of a journey but we are trying to help data-owners and data-users work better together.
by Andrew Fogg, CDO