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Re: Does FOAF provide sufficient ontological support for WebID & WWW Identity AUTH REQ's?

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:10:25 -0400
Message-ID: <5395A431.1020208@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webid@w3.org
On 6/9/14 3:56 AM, Timothy Holborn wrote:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_identity
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_identity
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_(philosophy) 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_%28philosophy%29>
> My rational around continuing to debate this; is that the whilst 
> identity systems are fragmented on the web; they are fragmented by 
> organisational influences, with increasingly lesser support for 
> personal ones.
> My recent drafts about it: linked, 
> http://webarts.mediaprophet.net/?p=72 (and 
> http://webarts.mediaprophet.net/?p=68 )

Simple answer: No.

You can use FOAF terms to construct an Identity Card or Profile 
Document. That's where its utility starts and stops.

1. Identity -- nebulous
2. Identifiers -- denotation mechanism (e.g., HTTP URI) for a perceived 
3. Identification -- identity card or profile document (you can use 
terms from FOAF here) comprised of identity oriented claims
4. authentication -- various protocols for verifying claims made in 
identity cards and profile docs
5. authorization -- various protocols for providing authenticated 
identities with access to protected resources.

Having a WebID (HTTP URI) that denotes entity "You" is how you make a 
name for yourself on an HTTP network like the Web :-)



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