A few weeks ago we had a little Twitter banter going with @N3Roaster about data and data ownership. It’s a very good question and one that’s come up before. so I thought I’d spell out the stance we’re planning on taking is going to be like. This a big fat disclaimer, nothing I write here is legally binding. We’re in the process of getting our user agreement formalized, which will be the legally binding document. But, what we’re telling him is this:
We are not in the business of owning your data. When you use RoastLog, we will ensure your data is backed up and secured, and give you the tools to analyze it. We do not own your data…you own your data. If at any time you want a raw dump of all your roasting data, we’ll do that for you. RoastLog is going to be so powerful that taking a raw dump and loading it into Excel would be a giant leap backwards, but if you wanted to do that for some odd reason, you could.
Everyone we’ve talked to so far has actually loved the idea about having their data in a central place due to the fact that it makes sharing easy….or even possible. But, of course, there are some real concerns about shooting years worth of roasting history into “the cloud”. It’s very important for us to clearly state that just because we’re making your data available and easily accessible doesn’t mean it’s all of sudden ours. The software tools we’re building are just that, tools which allow you to analyze your data in ways which are hard or impossible now. We’re not in the business of building a data warehouse that we’re going to sell off to some 3rd party.