Liberty Alliance Clarifies Framework

By CIO Update Staff

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The Liberty Alliance, a global consortium developing an open federated identity standard and business tools for implementing identity-based services, today released an overview of its Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF) and how it is adapted to general Web services development.

Responding to strong industry interest in ID-WSF, released publicly in April 2003 and finalized in November 2003, Liberty Alliance has created this document to help interested parties quickly understand the benefits of Liberty's Web services framework.

The Liberty ID-WSF provides a blueprint for companies to extend architectures to a federated Web services model, allowing trusted partners, customers and suppliers to access key resources and information across corporate boundaries.

The idea behind federated, identity-based Web services is to allow companies to connect applications with partners' or customers' applications by granting trusted entities access to services and information protected by firewalls.

Liberty plans to release a technical white paper based on the established ID-WSF framework in Q3 of this year to help companies more quickly absorb the technical detail already available in the specifications.

Currently, 30 member companies have announced products and services or plans for products and services based on Liberty specifications.

The Liberty Alliance Project is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity.

This article was compiled and edited by CIO Update staff. Please direct any questions regarding its content to Allen Bernard, Managing Editor.