Domestication: The Next Step in Collaborative Application Design

Application Domestication is a phrase used to describe the possibilities beyond federation. An application is generally considered federated when it can externalize its authentication. More, however, is needed to make applications truly useful in the growing world of virtual organizations (VO) and inter-institutional collaboration. Externalizing group information, authorization, and even profile information is the next bar to entry for truly useful collaborative applications. This paper discusses application domestication from both a VO and a development perspective and reviews current activities around the creation of a wiki of domesticated applications. It also captures the experiences and ideas from both Internet2's COmanage project as well as the COIN project at SURFnet.


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