Dear DIF APAC/ASEAN call members,
This week, on Mar 26th, is our 3rd DIF APAC/ASEAN group call, and there has been a lot of activity in our community.
3. Secure Data Storage
4. SSI in Education
5. Community connections
- DID study group
- OpenID Connect hacking effort
I would like to let everyone know about this effort at building Verifiable Credential support specifically to help address Covid
This month the Sovrin Foundation underwent some changes as announced in this post on Mar 16: Next Steps for the Sovrin Foundation
short, the Sovrin Foundation is downshifting from a large staff to a
much smaller organization and is moving to a "network of networks" model
where the current Sovrin Public Network is just one of multiple SSI
The current Sovrin Network continues
to be fully operated by the 60+ Sovrin stewards, and the disturbance to
the Sovrin Foundation will be minimal as it is largely a volunteer
effort already. Transition efforts are detailed in this presentation
and Riley Hughes, a long time member of the Sovrin Foundation and co-founder of Streetcred.id wrote this excellent Medium Post
work of the Sovrin Foundation working groups and task forces will
continue largely without interruption. For example, within the next few
weeks the IoT task force will be releasing a draft white paper on SSI
and IoT and later this week the Guardianship task force will be hosting a
presentation on SSI and Modern Slavery. Details can be found in the
Governance Working Group meeting page
(including instructions for joining an APAC call)
3. SDS Scoping Call
Secure Data Storage project, lead by Manu Sporny - is the beginning of a
new DIF effort to build common ground and infrastructure across the
numerous Secure Data Storage solutions that we are collectively
building. Last week was the 2nd call, and the next meeting will take place at the 4 pm ET on Thursday, 26th March.
To join the mailing list,
visit this page: SDS Mailing list
and sign up using the button.
- This is not yet IPR protected mailing list - do not mention or bring up patents, the focus is still on scoping the work.
- There is a WIKI on the left sidebar with the links to the documents we used today
- The call recording is also in the WIKI
who were unable to attend the meeting, please use the documents shared
in the WIKI. If you have something to add or questions, use the scoping document, and comment/suggest changes.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us.
4. SSI In Education
W3C CCG (Credentials Community Group) has a subgroup catering to the
use of Verifiable Credentials in Education. This work is led by Kim
Hamilton-Duffy who heads the Digital Credentials Consortium
, and is one of the premier drivers of the digital credentials in education effort.
Recordings of the CCG-vc-education call can be found here
Kim has also shared a slide presentation
from her recent presentation at the DIF Bi-Weekly general meeting.
have a personal goal of seeing educational credential exchange, in
action, across at least 5 sites in the APAC/ASEAN region, so please
reach out to me if this is of interest. With Covid we will work through
the internet, but the goal is to demonstrate some form of executing
credential exchange by the end of the year.
5. Community Connections
5.1 Study group in Kansai (Japan)
wanted to say a special thank you to the DID study group that assembled
and held an online meeting recently. If possible, I would love to hear
from members of that group and tell us how it went. I understand from
Martin that the topics range from technical to philosophical, which is
typical of this topic but hopefully enjoyable.
5.2 OpenID Connect
want to apologize for the slow start here, but I wound up getting
quarantined (in room) in Buenos Aires and have let a few balls drop.
Several people responded with interest in an OpenID connect effort - and
I will be sending out another email shortly to everyone who responded.
Some people were already on the list, but interestingly, some were not.
I also wanted to mention a few companies I know are working on an OpenID connect integration (Finema.co) or have one working (https://self-ssi.com/en/
) - both companies have members registered on our call!
Lasty - the Financial-Grade API for OpenID has a Pacific region friendly call, with details here
and past session notes in this bitbucket wiki
with that, I hope everyone has a safe and covid-free week and I look forward to seeing everyone Thursday,