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Design Principles of Identity Management Architecture Development for Cross‑Border eGovernment Services  pp188-201

Kamelia Stefanova, Dorina Kabakchieva, Roumen Nikolov

© Dec 2010 Volume 8 Issue 2, ECEG Conference Issue, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp83 - 235

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Identity Management is a very important research challenge within the framework of the EU eGovernment development. This paper presents the main aspects of research, analysis and design of the Open Identity Management Architecture for European eGovernment development (GUIDE), a project financed by the 6FP of the EC. An innovative interdisciplinary approach is used, aimed at covering the whole range of technical, process, policy, legal and social Identity Management issues, and seeking to overcome the existing fragmentation of Identity Management initiatives. The primary purpose of GUIDE is to develop a consistent approach to identity management across the EU that will enable Member States to agree on the identity of an entity (a citizen or a business) in order to enable sectoral applications to conduct cross‑border transactions. The paper provides some important comments concerning the European aspects of Identity Management and presents the adopted Federation Identity Management model. The development of the Open Identity Management Architecture is driven by eight key political and functional axioms, regarding how these federations (Member State governments and commercial organisations) should be inter‑linked and what criteria each constituent federation will need to satisfy in order to join the identity grid. The architecting approach is based on an enterprise model adopted as a framework for the EU eGovernment development since the research revealed that frameworks for eGovernment are in an early state of evolution. The architecture is developed as a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), implemented through the Web Services model, thus satisfying the requirements for ‘loosely‑coupled’ systems, independence of implementation and location, etc. The conceptual data model describes the key data entities that have to be supported for cross‑border identity services ‑ the citizen and the organisation. The logical service model presents the different types of identity management services that are relevant for the developed Open Identity Management Architecture. The interoperability issues, including the interoperability services and the Identity management interoperability infrastructure, are also considered.


Keywords: Identity management, European eGovernment, cross-border services


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