Granting trusted access to the world's digital collection of
scholarly materials is a hot debate on campus and across the
conference circuits of CNI, DLF and more.
It turns out that it's pretty darn easy to provide free and
unfettered access to free materials where authors license their
materials under a creative commons model. Let Google or Yahoo!
know and you've just become a global publisher
But what about digital stuff that costs money. Maybe quality
should cost money? Instead of $150 textbooks that are out-of-date
before they reach campus, why not make digital chunks of content
available via a model like iTunes? A sustainable business
model for digital content is one of our paths of investigation
where suddenly hollywood and the academy see similar issues
So, with a few of our customers as partners, we're building a
a cross-talk implementation of Shibboleth <-> Sun ID access manager
to federate access to digital repositories and trust models. Everything goes open source so we can share experiences and design
systems that begin the recognize and manage access to the
exponential growth of digital content.