Summer Break – offline for 10+ days

I am heading off to Cortes Island until August 6th and then Vancouver for 3-4 days and then to Seattle around August 10th until the 13th ish.

On Cortes I will be at Hollyhock - if you check out their website you will see my smiling face at their poster child in their rolling banner graphics.

Let me know if you want to meet when in Vancovuer of Seattle – via e-mail (kaliya at Mac dot com). I managed to leave my main iPhone at friend’s house the day before I left and then also forget the backup phone on the dresser as I was leaving this morning at 6.

OASIS Identity Metasystem Interoperability TC – annouced

Kermit brought this annoucment to my attention via Twitter.

“A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the OASIS Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) Technical Committee. In accordance with the OASIS TC Process Policy section 2.2 the proposed charter is hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall remain open until 11:45 pm ET on 7 August 2008.”

It is interesting to see who is behind the effort:.
* Abbie Barbir (Nortel)
* Adnan Onart (Nortel)
* Paul Knight (Nortel)
* Marc Goodner (Microsoft)
* Michael McIntosh (IBM)
* Anthony Nadalin, (IBM )
* John Bradley, (Individual)
* Richard (Dick) Brackney (US DoD – [NSA])

It seems like an interesting addition and in some way “counter balance” to all the activity and energy and people involved with the Information Card Foundation and Open Source Identity Systems work.

The Information Card Foundation launched around the time of Burton Group Catalyst. Here is the Information Card Foundation Community board member list:

* Kim Cameron
* Pamela Dingle
* Patrick Harding
* Andy Hodgkinson
* Ben Laurie
* Axel Nennker
* Drummond Reed
* Mary Ruddy
* Paul Trevithick

Business board members
* Equifax
* Google
* Microsoft
* Novell
* Oracle
* PayPal

OSIS is going into its 4th Interop at DIDW this September. Their is a huge list of participants (far to many to bullet point on this blog).

The good news is that it does what both the ICF and OSIS communities have been saying for a while is that the ISIP (the MS information card guide) needs to be a real standard — not something MS controls. This TC will support this happening.

To me it speaks to the value of the shared community meeting, collaboration and innovation space we have with the Internet Identity Workshop this November 10-12 all the more important.

I have skimmed highlights and links from the OASIS IMI TC below.

The TC will accept as input:
Identity Selector Interoperability Profile specification and associated guides as published by Microsoft, the July 2008 Web Services Addressing Endpoint References and
* Identity Selector Interoperability Profile V1.5, July 2008
* A Guide to Using the Identity Selector Interoperability Profile V1.5 within Web Applications and Browsers, July 2008
* An Implementer’s Guide to the Identity Selector Interoperability Profile V1.5, July 2008

Identity specification [4] published by Microsoft and IBM:
* Application Note: Web Services Addressing Endpoint References and Identity, July 2008

OSIS (Open Source Identity Systems) Feature Tests published by Identity Commons.

First Phase of TC Work will focus on producing an Identity Selector
Interoperability Profile and the supporting WS-Addressing Endpoint References and Identity specification.

* Identity Selector Interoperability Profile
* Information Card Format
* Information Card Transfer Format
* Information Card Issuance
* Token Request and Response
* Identity Provider Requirements
* Relying Party Requirements
* Self Issued Identity Provider
* Invoking Identity Selectors from Web Pages
* WS-Addressing Endpoint References and Identity

Second Phase of TC Work will work on how Information Cards work with other common claim dialects like WS-Federation [12]

Ongoing TC Work
The TC shall focus on interoperability test definitions and runs to validate its work on an ongoing basis.

Out of Scope for the TC

The following items are specifically out of scope of the work of the TC:

  1. Definition of the form and content of privacy statements.
  2. The establishment of trust between two or more business parties.
  3. Definition of new key derivation algorithms.
  4. Definition of claim type transformation rules or mappings to other formats

The TC will not attempt to define concepts or renderings for functions that are of wider applicability including but not limited to:
* Addressing
* Policy language frameworks and attachment mechanisms
* Reliable message exchange
* Transactions and compensation
* Secure Conversations
* Metadata Exchange
* Resource Transfer

Evolution of the open web – big step today.

Today is a big day for the web. The Open Web Foundation was announced at OSCON (by David Recordon). A small dedicated group of developers, web innovators and community leaders have come together to create this place were spec’s can be incubated in an open process and have IPR dealt with upfront rather then an afterthought (clearing IPR has been a long and delaying process for OpenID). The model they like for cross-company collaboration on these things is like Apache Software Foundation does for open source projects.

This effort to normalize the community process (multi company) around truly open “standards” for the social web is an important step. It is completely aligned with the vision that inspired me to evangelize the ideas for an open Identity/social/relationship layer of the web after participating in the Planetwork community and reading the Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust into the Next Generation Internet in 2003.

The big issue that I see arising and that I hope can be addressed is how the range of human experience and conditions can be well reflected in the outputs of the foundation. If the development process is driven largely by 20 something web guys in San Francisco then the applicability of the outputs will be limited.

I see continuing my role evangelizing these efforts to a diverse range of potential adopters and potential participants in the the processes that go into them.

Convening space for conversations from which good things arise is something I have already contributed and plan to continue.

  • The community that formed OpenIDv2 came together at the first Internet Identity Workshop in October 2005 that I co-produced and facilitated. It has been fun to participate in helping that effort grow and develop.
  • The “contacts in a standard format” (not sure what its official name is) that is one of the first three projects that are part of this Open Web Foundation got its start at the Data Sharing Workshop that I convened with Laurie Rae. I learned about the adhoc spec’s progression at SuperNova last month.

I wish I was at OSCON for this announcement having attended the previous 4. I am not there for a good reason today is the start of the World Open Space on Open Space in San Francisco and if OSCON is for coders the WOSonOS is for facilitators. For me it is a great opportunity to learn more about the arts of convening and helping communities collaborating together thrive.

I got little tingles on the drive from the East Bay to the Precido this morning thinking about how far things have come – reflecting back to when I first began in 2004 – I was SOOO… green and young and full of evangelistic energy for the work that Owen and Drummond and Victor and Fen were doing working on the i-name registry (at the time the only user-centric identity technology that the folks founding Identity Commons knew about). but that was a LONG time ago about 12 “web years”.

Today feels like a great evolutionary step for the whole web and the initiatives that I have been participating in for years. GO OPEN WEB!