I haven't seen this mentioned yet, but it seems to me that another possible
application of OpenID might be to uniquely digital identifier for authors.
In other words, the OpenID could serve as a basis for a sort of open access
authority control service (in addition to the obvious single sign-on
On 3/22/07, William Denton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I hadn't been too clear on OpenID but a week or two ago I listened to a
> recording of a talk about that explained it well. I can't find it again,
> unfortunately, but you can take my word for it that it was pretty good.
> Is OpenID being used in libraries? It struck me that it could work well
> for library systems that share resources: two systems that are part of the
> same consortium or provincial/state system; two neighbouring public
> systems that let people from one borrow at the other; academic libraries
> that want to make it easy for visiting profs and grad students to get
> temporary access to online resources; etc.
> Say I live in Lower Mowat but one day I'm in Upper Mowat, in the next
> municipality (or county, or whatever) over, visiting my tailor. The two
> library systems are separate but share their resources. I pop into the
> library to update my Twittering friends on my inseam measurement. I don't
> actually have an account at the Upper Mowat Library, but I log in to one
> of their computers using my Lower Mowat-supplied OpenID identifier, and
> the Upper Mowat system recognizes where I'm from and gives me access to
> William Denton, Toronto : miskatonic.org : frbr.org : openfrbr.org
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