I was fortunate enough to be invited to the above by Thomas Rochford and it was great to see how much interest there is amongst FE colleges on the subject of identity management. We had a lively debate on the findings of the Identity Project and specific identity challenges within FE. There were certainly intakes of breath over some of the findings and particularly those that related to how much money and how many staff there were estimated to be to deal with identity in HE institutions. All in all, I think we have a good deal more work to do in FE on identity but it’s also potentially an area where we could quickly learn lessons that have more general applicability to other areas. As I said at the event I would welcome comments on this blog about topics that would be of interest to explore and my colleague Nicole Harris’s blog entry on the future of access and identity management is also now open ahead of the event on 30th June that will look at future development areas.
Key topics from the conversations were:
- Outsourced identity management and how that could work with existing institutional processes and systems;
- OpenID – what could it be used for?
- Guidance on best practice;
- How you determine and prove that a member of an institution is that member;
- The balance of risk and reward in identity management – how do I determine whether the risk I take on releasing additional functionality is worth the reward that my users get?
Slides from the event are due to be published soon so I’ll link through to those or pop them up on Slideshare.