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Slides from the "Author Identity – Creating a new kind of reputation online" session at Science Online London (solo09) with Duncan Hull, Geoffrey Bilder, Michael Habib, Reynold Guida ...

Slides from the "Author Identity – Creating a new kind of reputation online" session at Science Online London (solo09) with Duncan Hull, Geoffrey Bilder, Michael Habib, Reynold Guida

ResearcherID, Contributor ID, Scopus Author ID, etc. help to connect your scientific record. How do these tools connect to your online identity, and how can OpenID and other tools be integrated? How can we build an online reputation and when should we worry about our privacy?

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  • Lots of great tools for sharing data and communicating on the web, facebook, wikis, friendfeed, twitter, flickr, linkedin, biomedexperts, wordpress, google docs (and spreadsheets) slideshare, blogger, connotea, citeulike etc…

Authenticating Scientists with OpenID Authenticating Scientists with OpenID Presentation Transcript

  • OpenID in Science Authenticating Scientists on the Web Duncan Hull http://twitter.com/dullhunk The University of Manchester Science Online London The Royal Institution, August 2009
  • Scientists contributions are increasingly digital in Nature
    • Contributions to electronic knowledge:
      • Not just electronic publications in online journals… but also
      • Edits to wikis
      • Software development
      • Blog posts, online conversations
        • (mailing lists, blog comments, www.researchblogging.org etc)
      • Standards
      • Development and maintenance of public databases
  • Authentication via username + password
    • to prove we are who we say we are when we make digital contributions
  • We have way too many usernames and passwords! http://tinyurl.com/too-many-passwords Simon Willison (The Guardian) The average user has [at least] 18 user accounts and 3.49 passwords” This is the problem that OpenID is addressing
  • How OpenID works
    • stuff
    http://www.myexperiment.org (3rd party)
  • Open ID is quickly becoming widespread
    • “ 42,235 sites are now enabled to accept OpenID logins” source http://blog.janrain.com/2009/05/relying-party-stats-as-of-may-1-2009.html
  • But there are usability “issues” http://albert.einstein.name [email_address] mcsquared OR + 84% 16% Out of 2,300 myexperiment users:
  • Conclusions
    • The idea of having one username and password makes a lot of sense but:
    • Usability issues
      • URL as a username can confuse
      • Redirection to a third party on login can confuse
      • Adoption of OpenID is growing but might not continue
    • If you’d like to know more about OpenID and related topics in digital identity…
    • http://www.xmlsummerschool.com
    • Web services and Identity
    • http://xmlsummerschool.com/curriculum2009/web-services-identity/