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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "HeraldryIdentityProposal" by DavidRecordon
Date Sat, 24 Jun 2006 03:51:37 GMT
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The following page has been changed by DavidRecordon:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/HeraldryIdentityProposal

The comment on the change is:
Reflect change of OSIS and Higgins integration

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  = Proposal =
  This is a proposal to create a project within the Apache Software Foundation to develop
technologies around the emerging user-centric identity space.
  
- The project would start with Yadis [1] for URL/XRI-based service discovery, OpenID [2] for
web based single-sign-on and the basis of exchanging profile data, and to create a desktop
component with a standard look and feel, ideally working with the Open Source Identity Selector
(OSIS) [3] project.  We are currently working with those involved in the OSIS project to determine
if it would be possible, and they willing, to integrate their effort as a part of this one.
 If not, we still see the value of having a desktop component of this infrastructure.  The
project would be tasked with the further development of these technologies as well as creating
a bridge between the light-weight URL/XRI based identity technologies and the desktop.
+ The project would start with Yadis [1] for URL/XRI-based service discovery, OpenID [2] for
web based single-sign-on and the basis of exchanging profile data, and integrate with the
Eclipse Higgins project [3] to provide a desktop component.  The project would be tasked with
the further development of these technologies as well as creating a bridge between the light-weight
URL/XRI based identity technologies and the desktop.
  
  Yadis is currently being standardized within OASIS as part of the XRI effort, OpenID has
emerged as a de-facto specification, and OSIS does not depend on a specification although
the further development of its architecture document would ideally be part of this project.
+ 
+ Higgins is being actively developed within Eclipse and is a framework that will enable users
and enterprises to integrate identity, profile, and relationship information across multiple
systems. Using context providers, existing and new systems such as directories, collaboration
spaces, and communications technologies (e.g. Microsoft/IBM WS-*, LDAP, email, IM, etc.) can
be plugged into the Higgins framework. Applications written to the Higgins API can virtually
integrate the identity, profile, and relationship information across these heterogeneous systems.
  
  
  = Rationale =
@@ -13, +15 @@

  
  Both Yadis and OpenID have reached a point where they have millions of users and a strong
community backing.  On May 28th 2006, Brion Vibber of WikiMedia announced in a Google Tech
Talk that WikiPedia would support both of them within the following month.  This sort of broad
adoption and traction has not been seen with other technologies of this kind in this space.
  
- By bringing these technologies and ideally the OSIS effort to one place, these communities
will have a place to fully converge and continue the development of interoperable implementations.
 Additionally, by not just focusing on light-weight URL/XRI based identity systems, ASF will
be able to provide a foundation where a person can use one or more digital identities consistently
across blogs, eCommerce sites, and portals as well as even high-risk transactions via their
desktop computer.
+ By bringing these technologies to one place, these communities will have a place to fully
converge and continue the development of interoperable implementations.  Additionally, by
not just focusing on light-weight URL/XRI based identity systems, ASF will be able to provide
a foundation where a person can use one or more digital identities consistently across blogs,
eCommerce sites, and portals as well as even high-risk transactions via their desktop computer.
  
  Currently Apache does not offer any project such as the one being proposed.  Integration
with projects such as Lenya would definitely be encouraged.
  
@@ -22, +24 @@

   * OpenID authentication specification revision to fix known security considerations, investigate
compatibility with the DIX IETF proposal, describe Yadis integration, and allow either an
URL or XRI be used as the End User’s Identifier
   * Continue the development of a data transfer protocol on top of OpenID to allow the exchange
of profile data as well as other secure messages
   * Investigate existing mechanisms for profile exchange, namely Sxip 2.0 and SAML, and investigate
how they would be layered atop OpenID
-  * Development of an identity selector for Windows, OS X, and Gnome/KDE including interoperability
with Yadis/OpenID
+  * Integration of the OpenID Authentication protocol with the Higgins framework to provide
desktop integration
   * Extension of OpenID to support non-browser based authentication use cases.  ie authentication
to a Subversion server using your OpenID Identity without modifying the svn client-side tool
  
  = Known Risks =
  
  == Commercial Interest ==
   * Many companies are currently working to build businesses supported on top of these technologies.
 As part of the code contributions, VeriSign will contribute source to their Personal Identity
Provider to provide a complete base with both libraries and a sample application.  VeriSign
intends to continue development of the PIP and to contribute it within ASF, although it hopes
others will contribute to it as well.
- 
- == Licensing, Patents, Miscellaneous Legal ==
-  * The OSIS community currently works with Microsoft to have a covenant not to sue around
the InfoCard identity selector look-and-feel
-  * We are still in the process of discussing with the OSIS community if they would be involved
in this project Criteria and Warning Signs
  
  This proposal is not the result of an orphaned or abandoned project, but is the result of
the continued emergence of a strong community around these technologies.  Many of the initial
contributors have a strong tie to the Open Source community and do not rely on their salaried
position to continue contributing code.
  
@@ -43, +41 @@

  OpenID has been in development since the summer of 2005.  It currently has an active community
(over 15 million enabled accounts) and libraries in a variety of languages.  Additionally
it is supported by LiveJournal.com and is continuing to gain traction in the Open Source Community.
  
  Yadis has been in development since late 2005 and the specification has not changed since
early 2006.  Like OpenID, it has libraries in various languages and there is a large overlap
between the two communities.  The specification is currently being incorporated in the XRI
Resolution Working Draft of the OASIS XRI TC (which operates under a 100% royalty-free IPR
mode as detailed in the XRI TC charter at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/xri/charter.php.)
- 
- OSIS is a project committed to the development and distribution of non-Microsoft implementations
of Microsoft’s "InfoCard" technology. OSIS stands for "Open Source Identity Selector", and
is a collection of interested parties including but not limited to: Red Hat, Novell, IBM,
VeriSign, XDI and of course Microsoft. The goal of the community to develop a common, open
source code base and software practice for implementing “InfoCard” technology on disparate
operating platforms (Mac, Gnome, KDE, PalmOS and others) as means to providing a uniform user
experience in choosing, managing and deploying identity resources for internet users.
- 
  
  = Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan =
  == Initial Submissions ==
@@ -96, +91 @@

  The mailing list for both OpenID and Yadis is located at:
  http://lists.danga.com/mailman/listinfo/yadis
  
+ [3] Information on the Eclipse Higgins project can be found at:
+ http://www.eclipse.org/higgins/
- [3] The OSIS mailing lists are located at:
- http://mailman.netmesh.us/pipermail/osis-general/
- http://mailman.netmesh.us/pipermail/osis-dev/
  
  The OpenXRI mailing lists are located at:
  http://mail.idcommons.net/mailman/listinfo/openxri

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