General - Distributed Environments

Shibboleth and library portals

Shibboleth is a federated system of authentication and authorization that can address many of these issues. When institutions and vendors join together in a Shibboleth federation, the library gateway no longer needs to mediate the authentication interaction between library users and resources, and it can use attributes available through Shibboleth to offer an improved set … Continue reading Shibboleth and library portals

Web services and Dialog

“The information industry is changing, and we are at the forefront of the transformation,” said Roy M. Martin, Jr., Dialog president and CEO. “Today, the imperative is to offer the tools necessary to integrate information into in-house networks and professional and consumer services on the open Web. We must reach professionals as part of their … Continue reading Web services and Dialog

Another CIP

Several colleagues met with Norbert Lossau of Bielefeld University this morning. Norbert is on a tour of US universities and Jay arranged for him to visit OCLC. Bielefeld is working with FAST — the text search company — to create library gateway services. One of the interesting things they are exploring with the FAST developers … Continue reading Another CIP

Unplug and play

I think this is a very nice phrase to describe some of what is happening as we look at service oriented approaches. Implementing an SOA leads to agile application assembly, which is a new approach to application development, maintenance and integration that I like to call ‘Unplug and play’: “… achieved by unplugging rigid integrations … Continue reading Unplug and play

Trip Report – DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPP

The October DLF Steering Committee meeting included a presentation from Laura Campbell (LC) and Clay Shirky (consultant) about NDIIPP. There was considerable focus on the technical architecture being developed. They were not able to talk about the current solicitation (they can only answer questions submitted in writing). Final decisions about successful proposals under the current … Continue reading Trip Report – DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPP

ZDnet on federated identity

Article by Dan Farber overviewing some recent developments in federated identity management. Interestingly, he does not mention Shibboleth. The most interesting and promising development I encountered at Digital ID World was Ping Identity. The 12-person company, led by CEO Andre Durand, offers SourceID an open source platform for deploying federated single sign-on or enabling federated … Continue reading ZDnet on federated identity

Amazon inside Microsoft

By integrating Amazon Web Services, Research Services for Microsoft Office System will provide Microsoft Office System users with convenient and seamless access to from within Microsoft productivity applications via the Research Task Pane. Users will be able to access information and make purchases without launching a browser or leaving their document, e-mail … Continue reading Amazon inside Microsoft

Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

The October 16 issue of ShelfLife refers to my forthcoming article on portals (now on the website): This article explores the design and use of portals in a library environment. It discusses the motivations for building portals, it discusses portal architectures and typology, and it examines the user environment in which portals are being deployed. … Continue reading Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

Common services

JISC has issued a call for proposals for studies in digital rights management, authorization, institutional profiling and other services. This is in line with growing interest in “common services” or what JISC calls shared services. The JISC Shared Services Programme: To enable portals and other presentation services to make sense of the diverse digital resource, … Continue reading Common services

Explaining web services to your CEO

Web services are self-contained business functions that operate over the Internet. They are written to strict specifications to work together and with other similar kinds of components. Some of the more established functions at this stage are messaging, directories of business capabilities, and descriptions of technical services. But other functions are in the works as … Continue reading Explaining web services to your CEO