IBM and Novell are joining forces to launch an open-source identity management system to rival Microsoft’s forthcoming InfoCard identity management technology.
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InfoCard will be bundled with Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, and with Windows XP.
IBM and Novell, along with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and others are launching the Higgins Project.
The initiative aims to help users manage their various internet log-ins and passwords by integrating identity, profile and relationship information used across different authentication systems on the web.
The open-source project will be managed by identity management standards organisation the Eclipse Foundation.
The Higgins Project will build a product that can also integrate with Microsoft’s InfoCard platform, which is geared towards Windows-based environments.
Higgins is being built to support all operating environments. Microsoft has been invited to participate in the Higgins Project.