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

Brian Kissel bkissel at janrain.com
Wed Dec 2 19:38:32 UTC 2009

We will be discussing this during today's OpenID board meeting, thanks for forwarding Nat.



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From: openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net [mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net] On Behalf Of Nat Sakimura
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 5:54 AM
To: openid-board; openid-eu
Subject: [OpenID board] Fwd: Status of the OpenID Foundation Europe

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<mailto: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<mailto:sakimura at gmail.com>>, openid-board at lists.openid.net<mailto:openid-board at lists.openid.net>
Cc: Snorri Giorgetti <snorri.giorgetti at gmail.com<mailto:snorri.giorgetti at gmail.com>>, openid-eu at lists.openid.net<mailto: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<http://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 it.

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<http://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 responsibilities?

I could help in bringing the content of openideurope.eu<http://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<http://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 activities.

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<mailto:jn.colin at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 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 time.
> >
> > Yesterday, I discovered that the openid.dk<http://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 levels).
> >
> > Best Regards,
> > Henrik Biering
> > OpenID-DK representative
> >
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