[uf-discuss] Ident Engine

Glenn Jones glenn.jones at madgex.com
Thu Oct 8 02:24:01 PDT 2009

Hi André

Thanks for the nice comments about the identity work. Can you email me a quick summary of the errors off the list and I will have look.

Like microformats one of the aims of identity consolidation should be to surface the data so that it is not hidden from the user.  This is especially important when rel=me linking goes wrong, users want to explore the issue themselves. I had this conversation Brad Fitzpatrick the creator of the Google Social Graph API earlier this year. We both agreed we need to build some sort of visualisation tool to explore social graphs.

I think I have achieved this for profiles with Ident Engines. You can see what profile information is store about you and where, but I have yet to look at visualisation of the rel=me linkages. More importantly found a way to allow users to explore issues with their own graph.

The tool I use the most at the moment is:

It's only a linear list, but sometimes help me find rogue relationships


-----Original Message-----
From: microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org [mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of André Luís
Sent: 07 October 2009 16:19
To: Microformats Discuss
Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Ident Engine


thank you (once again) for your effort.

This is *huge*. I believe it *does* lower the barrier of using
identity discovery. Specially given the level of interest around js.
And thank you for including a note on progressive enhancement on your
ALA article. ;)

Meanwhile, I've pimped the lib around the office and some of them are
sending me feeback on some of the tests they ran. Would you be
interested in checking some of the faulty results? One of them got a
sgn:// "template" URLs from myspace in one of your demos.

André Luís

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Glenn Jones <glenn.jones at madgex.com> wrote:
> Hi All
> I have built a little JavaScript library that combines Social Graph data
> and parsing of open data sources such as microformats.
> http://identengine.com/
> http://www.alistapart.com/articles/discovering-magic/
> Earlier this year Chris Messina made the passing comment that the
> techniques I demoed involved too much hoop jumping to be of practical
> use. I built this library to see if I could lower the barrier of entry.
> A List Apart published an article I have written on the libraries
> architecture.
> The library makes extensive use of both the Google's Social Graph API
> and Yahoo's YQL. It all under a MIT license
> Try out the demo's
> Glenn Jones
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