[OpenID board] Fwd: Status of the OpenID Foundation Europe

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 13:54:14 UTC 2009

Forwarding this message by Robert Ott since it did not seem to get through
to the list somehow.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Ott <robert.ott at clavid.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 4:23 AM
Subject: Re: [OpenID board] Status of the OpenID Foundation Europe
To: Nat Sakimura <sakimura at gmail.com>, openid-board at lists.openid.net
Cc: Snorri Giorgetti <snorri.giorgetti at gmail.com>,
openid-eu at lists.openid.net

Hi Nat / OIDF,

OpenID Europe was mainly managed by Snorri Gioretti. As far as I now, he
was/is officially responsible for managing Europe by the OIDF. At least it
states so at OIDF => http://openid.net/foundation/leadership/

In the past, he did take care of registering the OpenID trademark and
domains in many European countries  (such as openideurope.eu). He also
appointed the representatives for the countries stated at the page
http://www.openideurope.eu/team/. That was great work an I really appreciate

End of 2008, Snorri got elected to the OIDF board of directors for a 2 years
period in order to represent Europe in OIDF accordingly. Unfortunately,
after he got elected, he almost disappeared from OpenID Europe activities.
Nobody was officially appointed to take over Snorri's activities. I tried to
reach him by E-Mail, Phone, SMS for the last 12 month but unfortunately with
no response. Thus, the current situation is that many people (including me)
don't know who actually manages OpenID Europe and more importantly, who is
the owner of the registered trademarks and the domains such as
openideurope.eu? Who has the contact information of all the European
representatives? And so on. I thought Snorri donated everything to OIDF but
I'm not sure about that.

Does anybody of the board members have contact with Snorri to clarify

I could help in bringing the content of openideurope.eu to another site as I
do still have read and write access to the WordPress instance (but no admin
rights, unfortunately). One place where to move it could be
http://openid.net/foundation/chapters/europe/ in order to have it in the
hands of OIDF. If I can get write access to openid.net, I could take care of
that part.

I think an important next step should be to appoint somebody from Europe (or
a group of people with clear responsibilities) to take over the OpenID
Europe activities.

I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of activities here in Europe regarding
OpenID promotion and integration. However, it is probably not widely
recognized on the Internet as it just doesn't get published to a wide
audience. OIDF could be a great platform to do so. I'm sure we all could do
better, so lets restart OpenID Europe!

But as I mentioned, a first step should be that OIDF clarifies with Snorri
the current status and the appoint appropriate people to take over

Best Regards

Robert, OpenID Switzerland

On 25.11.2009, at 18:06, Nat Sakimura wrote:

> Hi Robert,
> Any news from your side?
> =nat
> On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM, Jean-Noël Colin <jn.colin at gmail.com>
> Hi Henrik
> I must admit I do share your concerns about openid europe; I haven't seen
much activity around that foundation and was also wondering whether it would
be more appropriate to have one single consolidated foundation, rather than
maintaining an idle one.
> Best regards
> Jean-Noel Colin
> On 25 Nov 2009, at 03:06, Henrik Biering wrote:
> > Hi Snorri,
> > how are you doing? I have not heard anything from you for quite a long
> >
> > Yesterday, I discovered that the openid.dk domain registered by OpenID
foundation Europe had expired and had been deactivated.
> > I have now managed to pay the invoice and get the domain reactivated.
> >
> > However, I wonder about the situation of OpenID Europe Foundation in
general. You have done an impressive job of aquiring the European and
National Trademarks for OpenID as well as several national OpenID domains on
behalf of the EU foundation, and it would be sad to see the result of these
efforts vanish.
> >
> > If there are no resources available to maintain OpenID Foundation
Europe, maybe it is appropriate to consider how this IPR may be consolidated
within the global OpenID Foundation (or alternatively at the national
> >
> > Best Regards,
> > Henrik Biering
> > OpenID-DK representative
> >
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