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Subject: Reference re: proposed Open Reputation Management Systems (ORMS) TC

Apropos of:

"Proposed Charter for OASIS ORMS TC"




Thursday, February 14, 2008
OpenID Reputation Framework Service
Parashuram Narasimhan


A few days ago, I had written about a reputation management
service [1], and how [2] it could be applied to blogspot. I
was peering over OASIS when I came across a presentation
on Open Reputation Management System(ORMS).

The main charter of ORMS seems to prepare a framework so
that reputation of users or devices and services can easily
be shared across different websites. The proposal talked
about using OpenID or SAML to enable reputation sharing.

The details of the OpenID reputation system [3] talks about
using OpenID as a means to share reputation. The proposal
is not very detailed and talks about a url that can be used
to fetch the reputation of a certain user. I found some
issues and thought of posting my ideas in this blog.


The URL returns REST data containing the reputation of a
person. For privacy reasons, there could be restrictions of
the people who can fetch the reputation of the subject
entities. The Trusted Data exchange [4] talks of a OpenID
Provider using a reputation as a service, and hence, access
management as to who sees the reputation can be implemented.
Also, websites could return a JSON version of the REST
response so that plugins can easily work with the reputation.

Secondly, I did not see any easy mechanism for a user to
rate any person. If this was also a REST call, submission
of reputations would be easier.

However, the most interesting thing that I would like to
see in the proposal is the categorization and taxonomy of
reputations. This is a problem many companies are trying
to solve, and a standard around this would go a long way
in interoperability. I am still waiting for someone to put
up a reputation service so that I could trust the blogger
reputation plugin [5] that I wrote.

[1] http://dy-verse.blogspot.com/2007/11/sezwho-analysis-of-identity-based.html
[2] http://dy-verse.blogspot.com/2008/01/reputations-on-blogcomments-design.html
[3] http://myidproject.net/?OpenIDReputationService
[4] http://myidproject.net/?OpenIDTrustedDataExchange
[5] http://dy-verse.blogspot.com/2008/01/reputations-on-blogcomments-design.html


Robin Cover
OASIS, Chief Information Architect
Editor, Cover Pages and XML Daily Newslink

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