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Focus Group on Identity Management (FG IdM)
Terms of Reference
  1. Scope
    The scope of the Focus Group is Identity Management (IdM) for telecommunications/ICT in general; and specifically to facilitate and advance the development of a generic IdM framework and means of discovery of autonomous distributed identities and identity federations and implementations.

  2. Objectives
    The objectives of this Focus Group include preparation of deliverables that include:
    1. a living list of standards bodies, forums, and consortia dealing with Identity Management, including information concerning their activities and documents in the context of an IdM framework,
    2. a global analysis on IDM requirements and capabilities,
    3. a set of IdM telecommunications/ICT use cases that can be used to derive requirements.

    In carrying out these objectives, the Focus Group may analyze other aspects related to the objectives (e.g., frameworks).
    The term IdM is understood as "management by providers of trusted attributes of an entity such as a subscriber, a device, or a provider". This is not intended to indicate positive validation of a person.
    The term of the Focus Group starts from the December 2006 SG 17 meeting and runs to the next meeting of SG 17 September 2007. The Focus Group may be renewed by SG 17.

  3. Leadership
    Chairman: Abbie Barbir (Nortel)
    Vice-Chairman: Richard Brackney (USA)

    If needed, after the initial formation of the Focus Group, subsequent management appointments will be made by the Focus Group. The intention is to appoint additional Vice Chairmen from outside the ITU.

  4. Participation
    The Focus Group exists to encourage participation by standard bodies, organizations, developer forums involved in Identity Management worldwide, including institutes, companies, experts and individuals who may not be members of ITU. Participants may include individuals or organizational representatives from ITU Study Groups, JCA-NID, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27, OASIS, Liberty Alliance, ETSI, Daidalos, Open Group, Shibboleth, OpenID, among others.
    A list of participants will be maintained and reported to SG 17.

  5. Financing
    The Focus Group will be self-funded by its members.

  6. Administrative support
    The TSB Secretariat will provide TIES support and website capabilities from ITU-T headquarters.

  7. Meeting logistics
    The frequency and location of meetings will be determined by the Focus Group, and preferably will be held in conjunction with SG 17 and SG 13 meetings. Additional virtual and face-to-face meetings may be arranged as needed to progress the work.
    Electronic document handling will be used.

  8. Working language
    The working language will be English.

  9. Technical contributions
    Any Focus Group member may submit a technical contribution. An electronic submission process will be used.

  10. Patent policy
    The Focus Group will follow the ITU-T patent policy.

  11. Deliverables
    As specified in the Terms of Reference.
    1. A living list of standards bodies, forums, and consortia dealing with Identity Management, including information concerning their activities and documents in the context of a generic IdM framework;
    2. A report on a global analysis on IdM requirements and capabilities;
    3. A report on use case scenarios that can be used to derive requirements for the generic IdM framework;
      Note: This will not duplicate or compete with the work on RFID/sensor services already in progress in SG13 and currently being coordinated by JCA N-ID.
    4. A document that develops a generic IdM Framework including generic data models and related schemas; this includes identifying gaps in applicable specifications of standards bodies, forums, and consortia working on identity management; and
    5. A report on privacy guidelines and best practices; this includes identifying gaps in applicable specifications of standards bodies, forums, and consortia working on identity management.

  12. Approval of deliverables
    The Focus Group will follow a consensus process.

  13. Distribution of documentation
    The Focus Group will communicate via Email and documents will be posted on its ITU-T web site.

  14. Working methods
    The Focus Group will be contribution-driven. It will work electronically, virtual meetings and by face-to-face meetings. Meetings will be held as determined by the Focus Group and will be announced to its participants and on the ITU-T website.

  15. Progress reports
    As required by ITU-T procedures, the Focus Group will provide a written report on its progress to each SG 17 meeting.

  16. Announcement of Focus Group formation
    The formation of the Focus Group will be announced via ITU publications and other means, including communication with other organizations and/or experts, technical journals and the World Wide Web.

  17. Methodology
    The Focus Group will generate a set of output documents (see clause 11). As part of this effort the Focus Group will identify gaps in applicable specifications of standards bodies, forums, and consortia working on identity management and will work with the responsible standards bodies, forums, and consortia to fill identified gaps to enhance the interoperability/interworking of identity management systems of existing and future service domains. The Focus Group should concentrate on technical aspects relevant to the ITU-T and not duplicate work underway in ITU-T Study Groups.

  18. Action plan
    Preparation of the deliverables as specified in the Terms of Reference.
    1. Announcement of (through liaisons, announcement by ITU-T, etc.) the Focus Group creation to interested parties (December 2006).
    2. Establish the Focus Group structure and additional working group chair positions (February 2007).
    3. First meeting Focus Group target February 2007.
    4. Produce first draft of Living List (May 2007).
    5. Produce first draft of report on a global analysis on IdM requirements and capabilities (June 2007).
    6. Produce first draft of report on use case scenarios that can be used to derive requirements for the generic IdM framework (May 2007).
    7. Produce first draft of technical document that develops a generic IdM Framework including generic data models and related schemas; this includes identifying gaps in applicable specifications of standards bodies, forums, and consortia working on identity management (July 2007).
    8. Produce first draft of report on privacy guidelines and best practices (July 2007).
    9. Report to SG 17 (September 2007).


  19. Collaboration
    Collaboration is essential to bring about more effective liaison and information sharing on IdM among diverse telecommunications/ICT and applications experts, and to facilitate the identification and development of IdM requirements and specifications in ITU-T SG 17, SG 13, SG 2 and other Study Groups. The Focus Group will encourage participation in this activity by other standards organizations and development forums involved in Identity Management. As stated before, participation is open to all interested parties.

 

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