Today, the Eclipse Foundation announced the availability of Higgins 1.0, a freely downloadable framework designed to integrate identity, profiles and social relationship information across multiple sites, applications and devices using adaptable components. Novell is a member of the Eclipse Foundation and our open source identity Bandit project has contributed code to the Higgins Project.
The explosion of web-based applications, mashups, social networking, etc. and increasing concern about protecting identity information is driving the need for an open and consistent identity framework. Higgins 1.0 is a significant step forward in bringing together all the different identity protocols, standards and systems under one framework.