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Finding Out About OpenID

Posted by Brian Kelly on 12 Feb 2007

There has been a lot of discussion recently about OpenID. It’s clear that this is an area I should find out more about.

So what processes do I use to do my research. In the past I would probably have used Google to find the authoritative sources of information, gone to the definitive source of information and spend time reading, reflecting and discussions with colleagues.

But this isn’t necessarily what I do any more.

Nowadays I often realise that something is important when bloggers I recognise as knowledgeable start talking about something new. So recently I noticed that the eFoundations blog had commented on Microsoft’s interest in OpenID by referencing Scott Wilson’s posting on Microsoft back OpenID.

I’d also noticed the announcement on the WWW2007 conference home page that Dick Hardt, a ‘visionary in Web applications and open source software‘ whose company Sxip Identity is ‘the leader in Identity 2.0, creating simple, secure, and open solutions for the next generation of Internet identity‘ is an invited plenary speaker at WWW 2007.

I also noticed that the W3C’s QA blog permits use of OpenIDs for people who wish to give comments on blog postings (as can be seen on Oliver Théreaux’s posting about the FeedValidator).

Having noticed this interest from a variety of trusted sources, I wanted to find out more. The eFoundation’s posting on Microsoft and OpenID includes Technorati tags to link to other postings using the same tags. Following the OpenID tag link shows Technorati listing 1,164 blog postings. I was also intrigued by the videos tagged in the same way. This led me to the OpenID Show 5 minute video clip on YouTube which provided various use case scenarios.

A new technology – and I’m using various Web 2.0 services (blogs, Technorati, tagging and YouTube) and a Web 2.0 culture (trusting users and the wisdom of crowds) for the resource discovery process. A continuation of this process is to invite my blog readers to give their thoughts on the processes I’ve used and the resources I’ve mentioned (plus the Wikipedia entry on OpenID). Getting a variety of users actively involved in the process can, I feel, be more beneficial than a small group of experts beavering away before releasing the perfect solution.

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