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CardSpace and OpenID

So with the recent OpenID news, I have to say that I'm quite excited! Convergence isn't new for OpenID, rather continues to show how it is a great technology to innovate around. This isn't about one technology swallowing another, it is about true cooperation, collaboration, and ultimately convergence.

At the first Internet Identity Workshop in 2005, Brad Fitzpatrick, Johannes Ernst, and I collaborated with the XRI guys and jointly developed Yadis. Suffice it to say, the technology developed by the community in Yadis is so powerful that it is now being built into the standard XRI Resolution spec at OASIS. Over this last summer there was further convergence with the XRI community, now allowing the OpenID Authentication 2.0 spec to support both URLs and XRIs as identifier formats. In August Sxip joined forces, which has caused the OpenID technology to continue to improve and has built the community to be even stronger.

Now today, we get to announce that Microsoft too has decided to collaborate with the OpenID community. I've known Kim Cameron and Mike Jones for about two years now and despite anything you may say about Microsoft, these guys continue to push for the best and engage the wider user-centric identity community in a very positive light. I'm personally really excited to be working with them, and others, in further developing the Assertion Quality Extension so that OpenID can be used within a wider range of products (including those from Microsoft). So welcome Kim and Mike, I hope to see you on the mailing lists shortly!




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Feb. 6th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I guess you're the best one to ask. I'm working on a perl-based (CGI, not mod_perl, since Dreamhost doesn't give mod_perl to their cheapo hosting plans) website. I'm barely proficientin Perl; certainly not fluent. So how do I add OpenID client support? Where do I start?
Feb. 7th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Great news: Why standardize the primary user attributes?

This is great news!

May be a bridge too far, but could I suggest to use current "collaboration momentum" to take decisions to standardize the primary user attributes like Gender, Birthday, Name, Address etc. across the IDm standards?

Why wouldn't the OpenID community make a grand gesture to accept the 12 or 13 attributes from Infocard as a standard? It is no big deal I think and it would make life much more easier in the future to apply attribute exchange effectively.

Hope this is useful.


=helmerwieringa Technology Officer @ReedBusiness
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Correction: The title of my comment is confusing. Sorry
The title of my comment It should be:
Why NOT standardize the primary user attributes?
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the information. Hope to see you on the mailing lists also!
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