OASIS gets into Information Cards Bussiness

Last september, OASIS announced the formation of a new Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) Technical Committee, chartered to increase the quality and number of interoperable implementations of Information Cards and associated identity system components to enable the Identity Metasystem. The goal of IMI is to provide the interoperability support that will enable Information Card use to become ubiquitous.

Five specifications have been accepted as ‘Input Documents,’ where TC work will continue further refinement and finalization of these Input Documents to produce specifications that standardize the concepts and XML Schema renderings in a manner that is backward compatible with the input documents. Other contributions and changes to the input documents will be accepted for consideration insofar as they conform to the charter. The five principal contributions are:

  1. Identity Selector Interoperability Profile V1.5. Microsoft Corporation. An Identity Selector and the associated identity system components allow users to manage their Digital Identities from different Identity Providers, and employ them in various contexts to access online services. 
  2. Interoperability Profile V1.5 within Web Applications and Browsers. Microsoft Corporation. This paper documents the Web interfaces utilized by browsers and Web applications that support the Identity Metasystem; the information in this document is not specific to any one browser or platform. 
  3. An Implementer’s Guide to the Identity Selector Interoperability Profile V1.5. Microsoft Corporation and Ping Identity Corporation. The mechanisms described in this document elaborate on the Identity Selector Interoperability Profile Version 1.5. The interactions between a conforming Identity Selector and a Relying Party or an Identity Provider are illustrated, and the message exchanges with an Identity Provider are described in detail. 
  4. Application Note: Web Services Addressing Endpoint References and Identity. Microsoft and IBM. This note provides a mechanism to describe security-verifiable identity for endpoints by leveraging extensibility of the WS-Addressing specification; Web Services Addressing Identity extends WS-Addressing’s endpoint reference by providing identity information about the endpoint that can be verified through a variety of security means. 
  5. OSIS (Open Source Identity Systems) Feature Tests. Identity Commons. Interop tests relevant to an identity layer for the Internet from open-source and commercial participants, including interoperability work for Information Card.
By November 10th, the TC published its first draft that tries to summarizes all the previous documents. You cand find the draft here
We will keep on eye on this remarkable standarization effort.
You can read a detailed explanation of the commitee details, principles and objectives here


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