Weekly Recap and Renewed Focus

SXSW LogoFirst, a quick reminder. If you are attending SXSW tomorrow, March 15th, I will be joining David Recordon, Dawn Foster, David Rudin, and Dare Obasanjo for a panel on ‘Post Standards: Creating Open Source Specs‘. We will be talking about the Open Web Foundation, community developer specifications, and about the legal and moral issues involved in interoperability and community specifications.

This week included three important topics: a new edition of the OAuth Core 1.0 specification, the first preview of the new XRD format, and a couple of posts explaining the work of the Open Web Foundation, starting with why we need a new process and what that process looks like. I also reiterated my employer’s position on OpenID (in case it wasn’t clear).

This focus of this blog changes with my day-to-day activities. It started with a strong focus on running a startup and building a product in the microblogging space, and changed to open communities, standards, and specific technologies like OAuth, OpenID, Discovery, etc. Most of these topics are still very much active.

For those who have been following this blog for a while, I am sure you have a general sense of what it is all about. But with my increased posting schedule, I am looking to refine the content I write about and find a more coherent voice. For the next few months, I am going to focus on a few topics:

  • OAuth – providing updates about the work in the IETF, new extensions, and new ideas about how the protocol usability can be improved.
  • Discovery – beside updates on new protocols and new specifications, I am going to spend more time explaining discovery to newcomers. I think this is an area that most people don’t understand, especially how to apply the architecture to their own use cases.
  • Open Web Foundation – we, the people working on the OWF have not done a great job in explaining what we are all about, at least not in a concise and easily found manner. My first focus will continue to be the legal framework (I am the chair of the OWF legal affairs committee).

If there are specific posts you would like to see, please let me know in the comments.