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D2.3: Models

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Executive Summary


The objective of this document is to provide an overview of different models of person representation that can be used in different application domains. 


In particular it presents: 

  1. Different perspectives for modelling of the person in Information Systems.

  2. Different categories of attributes (or data schema) that can be used to define a person, and the different domains in which they are used;


It also points out 

  1. Different processes that can be used to manage person’s information;

  2. Different approaches used to acquire person’s information

Note: these two later aspects (processes and acquisition) are not considered as central in this document, and are only present to facilitate the comprehension of the modelling of the person. These two aspects are more precisely covered respectively in WP3 (IMS Technologies) and WP7 (Profiling). 


This document is aimed at an audience of non-experts and experts who are interested in a broad overview of the existing models. A more in-depth presentation of models and approaches will be presented in the more specialised workpackages of FIDIS.

This document does not aim to be exhaustive, rather it aims to help the reader better understand the level (and detail) to which the identity of a person can be represented in different domains and what the processes used for dealing and manipulating it are. 


This document is organised into sections providing: 

  1. An introduction presenting the objective and identifying the issues of this document 

  2. An overall presentation of the management of identity categorisation, of the identity representation, as well as the different approaches used to acquire this identity information (person’s information)

  3. An overview on different categories of attributes used to represent the persons, and how the attributes are used in different application domains 

  4. An overview of the representation of the person in different application domains, and of the different standards that can be used “identity-informed” Information Systems. 

  5. A concluding section 

  6. An appendix listing standards for the representation of the person 



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