I’ve co-founded a company! The Leola Group

Thursday evening following Internet Identity Workshop #18 in May I co-Founded and became Co-CEO of the Leola Group with my partner William Dyson.

So how did this all happen? Through a series of interesting coincidences in the 10 days (yes just 10 days) William got XDI to work for building working consumer facing applications. He showed the music meta-data application on Thursday evening and wowed many with the working name Nymble registry.  The XDI [eXtneible Resource Identifier Data Interchange] standard has been under development at OASIS for over 10 years. Getting it to actually work and having the opportunity to begin to build applications that really put people at the center of their own data lives is a big step forward both for the Leola Group and the  Personal Data community at large.

William and I met in September of 2013 via an e-mail introduction from Drummond Reed.  We started working together the day I met him on the efemurl project.  We were dating a few days later and a few weeks later we were engaged. We announced this during the closing circle at IIW #17.

The efemurl project was taking a extensively featured web platform William had built over several years and working to turn it further develop it and turn it into a consumer-co-operative.  The short hand way to describe, you know in that way they describe movie plots, it’s like Google and REI have a baby.  The core ideas developed for the efemurl platform will be brought over into the applications the Leola Group is developing.  Core aspects of what the Leola Group is are to valuable to be owned by one company and we will be working with Planetwork to turn the operation of those into a consumer co-operative.

So big questions for people in the community include:

Are you still involved with IIW? 
Yes of course!  IIW will continue and my roll with it will too. Phil Windley founded his company Kynetx and continues to be a co-leader of IIW with me and Doc.  We have a great production team lead by Heidi Nobantu Saul.

What is going to happen to PDEC?

We have worked to create a 6 month transition plan for the organization/community to new leadership.   We have brought on Dean Landsman (well known for his leadership in the VRM community) serve as Communications Director and among other things host regular community calls and host a podcast.  As part of taking on the Co-CEO role in the new company I have woven into the job taking the time needed to properly transition out of my role as Executive Director and work with the community over the next 6 months to get governance in line and then have that leadership group hire an new Executive Director. You can read more about it on the PDEC blog and see a video we made.

The organization just welcomed 11 new members. Dean will be presenting about his new role with PDEC at the Personal Data Meetup in NYC on Monday.

When are you getting Married?

William and I are getting married the weekend after IIW #20 which is April 7-9 (Yes, it’s way early!!!).  This will help friends coming for IIW from around the world being able to join in the celebration.

Recent Travels Pt1: IIW

IIW is always a whirlwind and this one was no exception. The good thing was that even with it being the biggest one yet it was the most organized with the most team members.  Phil and I were the executive producers. Doc played is leadership role.  Heidi did an amazing job with production coordinating the catering, working with the museum and Kas did a fabulous job leading the notes collection effort and Emma who works of site got things up on the wiki in good order.

We had a session that highlighted all the different standards bodies standards and we are now working on getting the list annotated and plan to maintain it on the Identity Commons wiki that Jamie Clark so aptly called “the switzerland” of identity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a Satellite event for sure in DC January 17th – Registration is Live.

We are working on pulling one together in Toronto Canada in

early February, and Australia in Late March.

ID Collaboration Day is February 27th in SF (we are still Venue hunting).

I am learning that some wonder why I have such strong opinions about standards…the reason being they define the landscape of possibility for any given protocol. When we talk about standards for identity we end up defining how people can express themselves in digital networks and getting it right and making the range of possibility very broad is kinda important.  If you are interested in reading more about this I recommend Protocol:  and The Exploit. This quote from Bruce Sterling relative to emerging AR [Augmented Reality] Standards.

If Code is Law then Standards are like the Senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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