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openLiberty is a community effort started by a handful of us with a common need for open source software to Liberty-enable relying parties in a SOA. The first deliverable we have agreed to is a Java library and reference implementation for what Liberty Alliance calls a Web Services Consumer (play with this flash diagram for a quick sense of how the WSC fits into an identity-enabled SOA).

This project is being bootstrapped by the Liberty Alliance which is a consortium of companies and organizations producing standards and best practices for network identity (protocols and policy practices that deliver security and privacy to portable identities on the network). We believe the standards coming out of Liberty Alliance and their liaison partners (like OASIS) are leading the market and we are investing our time and effort implementing them for relying parties (web sites that will trust an identity assertion from a trusted source). This effort has a life of its own and though we appreciate what Liberty Alliance is doing in bootstrapping this community project, it is the community who will set its own Roadmap.

This web site will serve as an information portal for a wide range of open source projects that implement identity management standards, as well as developer site for those of us involved in building & using those implementations.

There is no code for immediate download, as this project is getting started in January, 2007. The first task of the openLiberty community is to define an architecture and work plan (see our Roadmap). Code submissions and development work would then follow.

The initial project (openLiberty-ClientLib) is being led by Asa Hardcastle who is responsible for coordinating all design and development activities, assisting with coding, and in general, monitoring all activity.