[OpenID board] OIDF ED Update: OpenID.net Upgrade

Andy Powell andy.powell at eduserv.org.uk
Tue Aug 31 09:16:34 UTC 2010


(Sorry, slightly off-topic).

One 'adoption' question that I feel I should know the answer to but don't is the extent to which OpenID is being adopted 'behind the scenes' (particularly by the big players). Now it may be that I've taken my eye off the ball for a while and lost track of where/how OpenID is being adopted but I took a quick look at opened.net and wasn't sure it answered my questions in an easy way.

So, for example, the bottom of the openid.net home page gives a pretty impressive list of places in response to "who is using OpenID?". What it doesn't tell me is the level of adoption - are these services RPs, IdPs, both?

Also, when I chose to login via Google, Facebook, whatever... from a typical pull-down list (e.g. that offered by something like Janrain Engage)... is it ever using OpenID behind the scenes? If so, what proportion of the time?

The blog tends to give out lots of small pieces of information. I'm not sure how easy it is to get the big picture?


Andy Powell
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From: openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net [mailto:openid-board-bounces at lists.openid.net] On Behalf Of Don Thibeau
Sent: 30 August 2010 19:43
To: openid-board at lists.openid.net
Subject: [OpenID board] OIDF ED Update: OpenID.net Upgrade

A long standing concern of the OpenID board and focus of this years' Adoption Committee has been keeping www.openid.net<http://www.openid.net> current and informative. This is to announce the launch of a beta program for a new blog / news aggregation feature of the web site.  The goal is to host informative discussions as a trustworthy source for OpenID adoption. We've begun an inventory of relevant sources and will replace the government section on our homepage. I will responsible for editorial calls and will be blogging on behalf of the OIDF. Guest posts will be encouraged. We will be hiring a part time contractor to moderate and manage the beta program until the end of the year.

One key success factor is curation or moderation. Those involved in last year's website upgrade worked with Amanda Richardson. Amanda has solid corporate technical customer support credentials and open source community "chops." Her volunteer work on last years' web site upgrade was an important part of that success. Amanda's role will be part coordinator, part content "wrangler."  Our objective is not to be encyclopedic - harvesting everything OpenID - rather we will featuring informed and value adding content. Many board and community members generate this on a regular basis. Target content is that which drives adoption especially for relying parties and international venues.  After some operating experience we may integrate software to help automate the process. Amanda will be reaching out to you soon for feedback and suggestions for news feeds, blogs and other sources.

The board's working philosophy; "the OIDF should do only what the foundation can uniquely do" is reflected in this initiative.  Recent events, like press requests for comments on "timing attacks" and a recognition that we need to do more press and analyst briefings to support OpenID adoption points to the need for more outreach.   This renewed is especially true of relying party and international adoption. Improvements to the foundation's website are part of several changes the EC has made as part of its Mid Year Review.  The EC emphasized success metrics for the website as an outreach platform as well as reprioritization of the Executive Director's time to more market facing activities like this.  Thanks to Daniel Jacobson and Chris Messina for helping lead this project. Watch this space.

Don Thibeau

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