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Lessons learned

I have learned a valuable lesson this past week.  The lesson is that I should not rely on companies, or instititutions to store my research, data, or information.  My data is my data and I should store that in tools, repositories and applications that I can control.  This is an aspect of sovereign source identity and a driving principle behind indie web applications like domain of one's one and known.  The symbol above is used by a company called, "mendeley", which is a research tool that allows you store, annotate and manage the many, many files related to graduate school.  Basically, Mendeley was storing all the research I have done for literature reviews, etc.  At some point a department at BYU decided that too many users were using the tool and they set out to fix it.  Without warning they randomly selected student accounts and deleted their access to many shared folders, kicking me out of access of hundreds of files.  I wasn't asked, I wasn't warned, just had the rug pulled out beneath me.  Supposedly, I should still have all those files and access to them, but of course I don't and can't.  Not a fan of institutional control.  I am new convert to the indie web movement.  Lesson learned!