WebID is a standard being developped at the W3C, which could be used in relation to some Debian Web services.

Potential uses

Identification of Debian contributors

Each Debian contributor may have a WebID compatible profile published by some Debian service.

For instance, Debian project members are listed by http://db.debian.org/, so the same information could be provided in a standard way on such a service.

Some experiment are being conducted in this area :

See also the contributors.debian.org project, which intends to provide a profile for Debian contributors.

Interlinking contributor profiles with other meta-data

WebIDs profiles being Linked Data, they can be integrated with other meta-data in RDF, like the PTS'.

See blog entry about linked data descriptions of debian source packages

Using WebID+TLS for authentication on Web services

Combining WebID with client TLS certs, could be a mean for allowing authentication to Debian Web services.

The WebID+TLS specs are being worked on at the W3C.

It could be an alternative to other means being used : DebianSingleSignOn


Interested by the use of WebID for the Debian project ? Contact us on : debwebid-discuss@lists.alioth.debian.org (archives : http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debwebid-discuss/).

See also recordings of the WebID BoF at Debconf 13


See also : ContributorsInformationSources