Language / Security/identity · 2009-05-22

Concordian (noun): Busy bee

Okay, so there’s no English word “Concordic”, but that’s the adjective often used to describe the topics and use cases we discuss in Project Concordia. Some call the participants in these discussions “Concordians”, occupying slightly firmer Internet-search-term ground.

Whatever you call us/them, we’ve been keeping busy lately working on them. Now’s a great time to pay close attention if you’ve got stubborn identity issues.

For starters, the Concordia survey on identity federation — our first survey — went splendidly. The survey results are on the Concordia site, and you can also find some nice graphs directly on SurveyMonkey. One hundred and three people completed the survey, with interesting results. It appears that complex federation topologies are no longer a rare beast. Don’t forget to check out all the “other” comments.

We’re now gearing up to do a second survey, on identity assurance this time. If you’re interested in this subject, feel free to add your desired survey questions here.

Of course, we Concordians participated in a huuuge identity workshop prior to the RSA conference a few weeks ago — with over 700 people coming through the doors at one point or another during the day. The presentations are available, and also don’t forget to check out the OSIS “I5” testing results.

And now we’re in the planning stages for a Concordia workshop to be held at the Burton Catalyst conference in San Diego in late July. Our theme is Use Cases Driving Identity in Enterprise 2.0: The Consumerization of IT, and we’re actively soliciting your problem statements, use cases, solutions, and issues in the form of short position papers. If you’ve got a one-pager — or even a paragraph-sized abstract — that describes an Enterprise 2.0 identity topic you’d like to bring up, please send it along to our intrepid Britta Glade at britta [at] as soon as you can. The agenda will grow and evolve online, right before your eyes. We’ll conduct this workshop in more of a traditional mold — lots of interactive discussion.

Wouldn’t you like to be a Concordian too?