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Digital certificates prototype

Under DLF auspices, the California Digital Library, Columbia University, JSTOR, and OCLC have developed a protocol that enables an information resource provider to verify that a user bearing a digital certificate has authority from a home institution to use a requested resource. The prototype system developed combines the use of X.509 digital certificates for authentication with a directory service providing authorization to licensed resources based on user attributes.

The following outputs are available:

  • An architecture statement resulting from the prototype development.(PDF format)
  • An overview of the project and its progress. Presentation of the initiative's progress at the CNI Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. in April 1999.
  • An FAQ developed in conjunction with the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN) about the use of digital certificates, and targeted generally to senior campus administrators.(PDF format)

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