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Concordia Project Workshop Explores Multi-Protocol Use Cases

Concordia Project Tackles Energy, Government and Higher Education Use Cases and Interoperability Scenarios at DIDW 2007

Chevron, InCommon Federation and the New Zealand Government to Present Multi-protocol Identity Management Needs at September 26 Concordia Meeting

San Francisco, CA, USA. September 06, 2007.

The Concordia Project, a global cross-industry initiative formed by members of the identity community to drive harmonization and interoperability among identity initiatives and protocols, today announced a public workshop taking place at Digital ID World 2007 in San Francisco on September 26, 2007. This interactive session will feature multi-protocol use cases with Chevron, the InCommon Federation, and the State Services Commission of the New Zealand Government presenting scenarios involving Liberty Alliance, Microsoft, and OpenID identity specifications.

The September 26 [2007] meeting will run from 12:00 to 5:00pm and focus on prioritizing next steps for interoperability based on use cases submitted to Concordia to date. Participants will include Liberty Alliance members from HP, Internet2, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems, Windows CardSpace representation from Microsoft and OpenID representation from Six Apart, VeriSign and other community members. Everyone in the identity community is encouraged to attend Concordia meetings. The agenda for the DIDW event is available on the Concordia wiki at:

The DIDW event is the fourth face-to-face meeting since Concordia was launched in February at RSA 2007. The first meeting was held in Brussels in April at the IOS event jointly produced by the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) and Liberty Alliance, followed by a second meeting in May at the IIW. The third meeting took place in June at Catalyst 2007 where AOL, Boeing, General Motors, the Government of British Columbia, and the US GSA presented use cases to a panel of Liberty Alliance, Microsoft, and OpenID identity experts.

"The Concordia Project is the only independent identity forum devoted to driving the harmonization of identity specifications based on a philosophy of 'use cases' first," said Jim Heaton, Global Director, GM Identity Management. "With global momentum for interoperability of identity protocols continuing to build, Concordia engagements are important for speeding the development of a ubiquitous, interoperable and privacy-respecting Internet Identity layer."

[Provisional Agenda:

DIDW workshop: There is a face-to-face workshop scheduled for Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 during the "deep-dive identity workshops" time slot at Digital ID World in San Francisco in the Van Ness room. Note: Attendance at this Workshop is free and you do not need to be registered for DIDW in order to attend this workshop. However, to help us gauge room setup options, please add your name to the DIDW Workshop participation list.

Rough agenda:

  • 12-2:30pm: Deep-dive on at least the multi-protocol SSO use cases, as outlined in Concordia telecon 15-August-2007 notes
  • 2:30-3pm: Break and informal discussion
  • 3-4:30pm: Hear use cases from higher education, healthcare, and/or energy sectors
  • 4:30-5pm: Summary and next steps on use-case deliverables]

About The Concordia Project

The Concordia Project, conceived of by members of Liberty Alliance, is an organizationally independent global initiative consisting of representatives from the CardSpace, Liberty Alliance, OpenID,, open source, SAML 2.0, Shibboleth, and WS-Federation communities designed to define the identity spectrum and drive harmonization and interoperability among identity specifications. Anyone interested in joining the forum, submitting a use case or viewing use cases contributed to date can visit the Concordia wiki at:


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DIDW 2007: Digital ID World Conference 2007 (Sixth Annual Digital ID World Conference) will be held September 24-26, 2007 in San Francisco, California, USA. Digital ID World provides business executives and IT managers with an exclusive conference opportunity to interact with thought leaders, developers and providers of identity solutions. With two and a half full days, and over 40 hours of presentations covering deployments, identity-based technologies, standards, business processes, and web services security, Digital ID World offers superior networking, in-depth information, and practical advice.

Digital ID World conference topics typically include: Identity Management; Identification and Authentication - Smart Cards, Tokens, Biometrics; Identity Federation; Trusted Computing and Rights Management; Presence, Location and Identity; Identity in Financial Services, Healthcare, Government; Identity of Things; Identity Privacy Legislation and Policy; Combating Identity Fraud and Phishing.

Topics covered at the DIDW 2007 event include:

  • Deploying identity-based network access control
  • Using identity to achieve compliance
  • Authentication as risk management
  • How identity fits into SOA, Leveraging virtual directories
  • Understanding OpenID and CardSpace
  • Achieving "anywhere access" with E-SSO
  • Understanding successful federated identity deployments
  • Lessons for provisioning deployments
  • The convergence of physical and logical access control
  • Role Management as the lynchpin of scaling identity
  • Integrating machine identity into an identity architecture
  • Acting on policy enforcement for compliance
  • Addressing challenges in identity and the telco space
  • Overcoming hurdles specific to identity and financial services
  • Using identity to address healthcare specific concerns

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: Liberty Alliance Specifications for Federated Network Identification and Authorization.

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