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D2.3: Models

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The objective of this document is twofold: firstly, to contribute to the awareness and the understanding of the models of representation of personal information that are currently used in Information Systems, and in particular in IMS (Identity Management Systems). Secondly, more as a consequence, to facilitate cross fertilisation of the approaches dealing with identity representation in various application domains. 

For instance, this document may help to answer (or provide some guide) to a set of identity-related questions that different audiences may ask, such as: 

  1. From the end user: What can an Information System really “know” about me? 

  2. From the IMS designers: How do different application domains deal with identity (in particular one that I do not know)? Are there some standards that I could use or that could help me structuring my work? 

  3. From the researcher: What is done in other disciplines? Can I get inspired, and find new ideas? 

  4. From the defenders of privacy: What categories of information are stored in Information Systems? 

  5. From government officials: What information on people could I potentially exploit to provide better public services? (On the condition that the usage of this information is in conformance with the law). 

  6. For companies exploiting customer information: What information can I get about my clients (existing or potential)? (On the condition that the usage of this information is in conformance with the law). 


This document relies in particular on a review of different standards used for representing identity (such as LDAP for directory management, HR-XML used in human resource, CIQ - Customer Information Quality - used in direct-marketing, or Global JXDM used in law enforcement) to understand the level of representation of identity of the person and the usage in different application domains. 

Note: The description of the standards, which is out of the scope of this document (and is something that may subsequently be addressed in WP4 ‘interoperability’), is only provided in the Annex to illustrate more concretely some of the attributes used to represent person’s information in digital infrastructures.



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