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Re: Request for terminology input - consumer/inspector/TBD Credential

From: Eric Korb <eric.korb@truecred.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:27:15 -0400
Message-ID: <CAMX+RnDhrkVF7HnS=u4Rxcsf7Phd5Xhv+e8mvyK-bjxWn_qZmA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dave Longley <dlongley@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Taking into account Dave Longley 's feedback, I agree that perhaps"digital"
is too generic.  However, I see "Identity" a bit too specific.

Looking at our past definitions, I see that a credential Holder can be a
person, place or thing, which collectively are referred to as an "Entity".

So, I'm now throwing "Entity Credential" into the ring for a vote.

On Jun 9, 2016 7:35 AM, "Dave Longley" <dlongley@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:

On 06/08/2016 08:10 PM, Eric Korb wrote:
> With respect to the TBD Credential.  "Digital Credential" seems to
> work across ecosystem.  Web Credential seems a bit constrained,
> although I agree we do need the Web at some point to evaluate and
> verify them. However, it could be possible to read and verify a
> Digital Credential off-line if the public key was downloaded and
> stored off-line with the Digital Credential's meta-data.

I worry that both "Digital Credential" and "Web Credential" don't
actually add any real meaning to the word. Every type of credential in
the technology space is "digital" and most of them are used on the Web.

I'd prefer "Identity Credential" because it clearly indicates that these
credentials are for establishing identity. They are not, for example,
security or payment credentials. These are both other uses of the word
"credential" from communities that will likely be using "identity"
credentials alongside these other types -- and security and payment
credentials are already both "digital" and "on the Web".

Dave Longley
Digital Bazaar, Inc.
Received on Thursday, 9 June 2016 12:27:51 UTC

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