Identity Schemas Charter

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Identity Schemas Working Group


To promote interoperability between identity systems by making it easier to find, understand, and reuse the semantics of identity attributes defined in existing schemas.


See Purpose And Principles.


  • discussion on mailing lists
  • contributions of ontologies
  • informal get-togethers at other identity-related events

Requirements of Participation and How to Join

Participants are required to contribute to at least one of:

  1. populating the catalog (thesaurus)
  2. developing the technology behind the site/catalog
  3. contributing to the "person" ontology (in one of its three formats)

Join by joining one of the mailing lists.

Licenses and/or Restrictions on Usage of Work Product

  1. Any person or organiztion can contribute schemas (or more properly, ontologies) as well as tools (e.g. format converters) to the site. The IP rights remain with their respective holders. is not a legal entity and does alter in any way existing IP rights and agreements.
  2. All contributions of code or schemas must contain copyright and licensing information. If this is not present the contribution will be deleted. No assumptions are made as to the kind of license.
  3. No IP is created or generated by the site. This includes schema cross-reference data which is also considered a contribution and must be copyrighted and licensed as with any other kind of contribution.

Current Deliverables and Milestones


  • A db-backed web-based catalog/thesaurus that allows peer co-production
  • A person ontology in RDFa, HOWL and XDI

Current Meeting Schedule

List any regular calls or meetings, if any, plus any special upcoming meetings.

Current Membership

  • Paul Trevithick (co-founder) blog
  • Mark Wahl (co-founder)
  • Dick Hardt
  • Peter Davis
  • Daniel Perry
  • Johannes Ernst
  • Iain Henderson
  • Bob Morgan
  • Dale Olds
  • Drummond Reed (
  • Fen Labalme
  • Please add your name here

Current Stewards Council Representative and Alternate

  • Representative: Paul Trevithick
  • Alternate: Mark Wahl

Current Links

Mailing Lists

  • IdSchemas list --this is the main list (very low volume)
  • person-ontology list --list for folks interested in collaborating on a "person" upper ontology (but who believe that the OWL foundation for HOWL isn't expressive enough and are making the case for a more powerful language)

Quarterly Reports