OpenID - A personal perspective

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The introductory presentation given at the Eduserv OpenID event in London on the 8 November 2007.

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OpenID - A personal perspective

  1. 1. OpenID - Scene setting Andy Powell, Eduserv Foundation [email_address] www.eduserv.org.uk/foundation
  2. 2. The world is changing… http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/online_communities.png
  3. 11. What does this tell us? <ul><li>being on the Web is a lifelong activity </li></ul><ul><li>that crosses all aspects of our lives </li></ul><ul><li>and that spans all phases of education </li></ul><ul><li>being on the Web is largely a social activity </li></ul><ul><li>where people present different identities at different times </li></ul><ul><li>we no longer live in a world where institutions ‘control’ (in any sense of the word) the online services used by their members (teachers, lecturers, learners and researchers) </li></ul>
  4. 12. What does the history of email tell us about life, the universe and everything?
  5. 13. Access & Identity management – a journey? Athens Shibboleth OpenID? UK-centric Institution-centric User-centric
  6. 14. Why have Eduserv set up this meeting? OpenAthens
  7. 15. Understanding the landscape how does OpenID complement our existing ‘identity technology’ approaches? does OpenID meet any requirements that are unmet by other technologies – are there gaps in our current service provision that OpenID might help fill? do we have specific educational community requirements or challenges (from the perspective of both service providers and users) that are different to other users/uses of OpenID? what are the strengths / weaknesses of in-house vs. outsourced service provision in this area?
  8. 16. Ways forward what should funding bodies (JISC, Eduserv, etc.) be doing in this space? how should institutions and service providers respond to the growing interest in OpenID? what more do institutions and service providers need to know before deciding on whether to make use of OpenID technology? is there a need for ‘comparative’ guidance around alternative ‘identity technologies’? If so, how should that guidance be developed and maintained?
  9. 17. Influencing standards does the educational community need to influence the development of OpenID specifications in the future and, if so, how? do we need a ‘UK Identity Focus’ (similar to the UK Web Focus)? does the UK education community need a more formal way of interacting with the OpenID Foundation?
  10. 18. Sharing good practice are there recommendations that we can make now for institutions considering deploying OpenID for their users? how should such recommendations be developed and maintained in the future? are there recommendations that we can make now for service providers considering deploying OpenID for their services?
  11. 19. Rules of engagement <ul><li>Andy Powell, Eduserv </li></ul><ul><li>David Recordon, Six Apart </li></ul><ul><li>Gavin Bell, Nature Publishing Group </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole Harris, JISC </li></ul><ul><li>Sean Mehan, UHI </li></ul><ul><li>Scott Wilson, JISC CETIS </li></ul><ul><li>panel session at end and plenty of time for discussion and debate throughout the day </li></ul>

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