OIX is preparing to announce the first OIXnet prototypes in October 2013. The American Psychological Association (APA) Publish Trust Project is among the first OIX members to participate in the OIXnet pilot as an early adopter of the registry.

The Publish Trust Framework (PTF) examines the feasibility of adding trust values to online identities for authors of scholarly publications, thus enabling them to reliably aggregate previous and current works and connect with other experts in their fields. PTF is well-positioned to demonstrate the OIXnet registration approach for producing stronger trust frameworks.

PTF was developed by APA in partnership with the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, the Open Identity Exchange, and VIVO. The goal is to provide a way for an individual (the owner) to assert and exchange information about him or herself (attributes) that is backed by a credible party (the provider). A pilot test of the PTF deployed at APA uses the domain of scholarly publishing as a motivating use case for the framework.

PFT is built on top of VIVO, a semantic web application designed to facilitate the discovery of research expertise and enable scientific collaboration across disciplines. Currently there are 100 universities, agencies, and organizations running VIVO in 30 countries.

VIVO is built on top of SemanticWeb technologies and the data is harvested from a variety of sources, including publication and faculty databases. Thus, a VIVO page for a researcher will be presented as a collection of attributes like their affiliations, publications, teaching history and service to the profession.

PTF uses ORCID as the persistent identifier for author disambiguation and augments owner assertions with provenance information that shows they were issued by a trustworthy source.

Clicking on the trustmark provides verification by the APA that an author has indeed published various articles. The two-factor trusted claims of authorship will be managed and secured using an Open Identity Exchange (OIX) registered trust framework.

The PTF framework provides the assurance that the server environment and communication protocols are safe and meet PTF standards — thus enabling scientists to extend their claims with confidence.

The OIXnet global registry can be a tool that APA recognizes as vital in managing the complexity of online identity. OIXnet helps in connecting communities of interest and enabling greater volume and velocity in online transactions.

The APA is currently researching a white paper entitled “The Publish Trust Framework Registration on OIXnet: Building A Trust Measure for Attribute Exchange”. The paper describes how the PTF OIXnet registry listing contributes to a secure exchange, aggregation and analysis of researcher attributes to facilitate expertise discovery and interdisciplinary collaboration.

APA’s objectives for the OIXnet pilot are:

  • Improve online trust in scientific communication through rapid attribute exchange that is credible, secure, interoperable, easy to use, and measurable
  • Develop rich, user-focused platforms, interfaces, and environments that demonstrate the value online trust has in removing barriers to collaboration in communities of interest
  • Develop technical solutions that will help define industry standards for semantic and linked data networks usable by governmental, nonprofit, and commercial entities.

We look forward to sharing APA’s white paper and mock-up of the APA’s OIXnet framework at the October 10th 05 Internet Identity Summit in London. Adoption of the OIXnet registry by our members is growing – and that’s an endorsement of the initiative and its goals: to enable global interoperability among identity federations as an authoritative, global registry for online identity trust.

Which brings me back to what OIX membership is all about – collaboration and sharing of domain expertise, joint research and pilot projects to test real-world use cases.  It’s really not all academic.