Lists of OpenIDs as Groups for Decentralized Services?

Johannes Ernst at
Wed Aug 30 04:41:34 UTC 2006

I blogged about something rather similar:

Would that address some of what you have in mind?

On Aug 29, 2006, at 11:00, Don Engel wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'd like to follow standards (or invent new ones if necessary) for  
> the use of web resources by groups of people.
> Call the proposed system OpenGID.  The content at an OpenGID url  
> would include a set of people and subgroups, where:
> 	A person is a prioritized list (possibly empty) of OpenIDs,  
> possibly a name, and possibly a role with respect to the group
> 	A subgroup is another OpenGID, possibly with a role of the  
> subgroup with respect to the group (membership is recursive, roles  
> are not)
> Take the example of a site that would offer a system for  
> preferential voting.  Any visitor to the site could create a  
> ballot, at which time they'd also list the OpenGIDs and OpenIDs of  
> those allowed to access it.  When another user tries to access the  
> ballot at the voting site, they'd have to log in, and the voting  
> site would then spider to see if the person was in the set of  
> allowed OpenGIDs and OpenIDs.
> This kind of permissions management could also be used to see  
> aspects of a profile, control who can join a mailing list (log in  
> with OpenID, then specify and verify e-mail), etc.
> I'm currently thinking about rewriting a lot of group organization  
> tools I've done for specific groups into an set of open source  
> Drupal modules (unless someone here has a better idea - I'm new to  
> Drupal), but if other people use the module elsewhere (which of  
> course I hope they will), I'd like them to be able to recognize the  
> existence of groups on other sites with the same module.
> Many Thanks,
> Don

Johannes Ernst
NetMesh Inc.

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