Eclipse trust framework

I found on SocialPhysics Wiki a very interesting proposal: Eclipse Trust Framework (ETF).
The goal of the ETF Project is to provide an open source framework to support the creation of applications on the Eclipse platform that manage a person’s online context (profile) and identity from the person’s or their agent’s perspective. (Eclipse is one of the most used tool for writing Java code, it is open source and funded mainly by IBM).

The description of the application that SocialPhysics wants to build is hyper-cool as well!

The base app is a downloadable application that helps you manage your identity and interactions with co-workers, customers, business associates and friends.

* Simple, illustrative identity management & social networking app
* Includes UI for viewing and editing your digital identities (profiles)
* Includes a “Microsoft Outlook” plug-in that tracks your email communications and auto-populates a social network
* Includes a “Buddy List” plug-in that allows you to synchronize your profile with others
* Scans email and constructs a graph of relationships with relationship metrics such as connectedness, reciprocity, etc.
* Social network visualization; ability to overlay several networks to determine common relationships and characteristics.

It allows you to create and update distinct personas (we call facets) for each of the various contexts in which you work. These contexts control what aspects of you, your interests, and your relationships will be visible to other individuals, groups, or the entire web. These facet identities are searchable through your network of trusted relationships, enabling you to find friends of friends with common interests, specific expertise, and so on.

The app can be extended with context plug-ins that support new and different “social protocols”–cultural conventions about who can see what about whom, what’s measured, what’s private, what’s shared. Using a community-of-interest plug-in, for example, communities can share insights into “what’s hot,” and who’s working on what, or what’s not happening that should be. It might provide community-wide and/or individual metrics of trust, connectedness, centralization and so on.

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