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Re: Beginning work on an official Web Access Control spec.

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:26:09 +0200
Cc: public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>, "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>, Linked Data Platform Working Group <public-ldp-wg@w3.org>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
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To: Andrei Sambra <andrei.sambra@gmail.com>
Hi Andrei,

   Thanks for bringing this up. I myself have implemented the Web 
Access Control spec  Scala in the application 


I will hopfully be putting a server online in the next month running that 
code for people to try out. The WebAccessControl ontology seems to work 
quite well. More interoperable implementations will help us work out what
needs changing and what improvements would be useful.

  There may be one thing we should work on immediately and that
is the LDP Use Case and Requirements for Access Control, as the LDP
group could push that as an document to release with the LDP spec.


I  have been tasked to edit that document along with Ashok of Oracle, 
but help and feedback on that would be welcome.  

   Btw. we will be releasing a new set of WebID specifications very soon,
so feedback on those would also be helpful. We added a new privacy 
and security section.



On 17 Oct 2013, at 15:05, Andrei Sambra <andrei.sambra@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> For those of you who know me, please skip this paragraph. For the others, I would first like to introduce myself. My name is Andrei Sambra and for the past three years I have been involved in different W3C groups, such as WebID, LDP and RWW (co-chair). As an advocate of Semantic Web technologies, especially those taking user privacy into consideration, I am currently working on two projects, MyProfile [1] (WebID provider / social network) and RWW.IO [2], the later including support for WebID, LDP and WAC [3]. RWW.IO is a Read/Write Web-based personal data store.
> Over the past few years, we have noticed that Linked Data is no longer a technology limited to the public space, finding its way into consumer applications. As a consequence, it becomes increasingly important to be able to protect access to private/sensitive resources. To this regard, the Web Access Control (WAC) ontology [3] has been put together by Tim Berners-Lee, offering the basic means to set up ACLs. Due to its nature (i.e. an ontology) however, it does not provide the formalism necessary to implement it in order to achieve interoperability, nor does it provide an organized space where it can be discussed and improved.
> The reason behind writing the email is that I would like to know how many people are interested in participating to the standardization process of a Web Access Control spec.
> The Read Write Web community group has so far been the host of inquiries regarding the WAC ontology. However, being a community group, it does not have access to W3C's teleconference system, nor to the issue tracking system. Depending on your interest in a WAC spec, and the preliminary discussions we might have, we may very well have to create a dedicated working group. For now however, I suggest we use the public RWW list (public-rww@w3.org) in order to coordinate the efforts on this subject.
> Please let me know how you stand on this subject and perhaps suggest a way to count who is interested in participating (doodle, something else maybe?).
> Best wishes,
> Andrei
> [1] https://my-profile.eu/
> [2] https://rww.io/
> [3] http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebAccessControl

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