Directory of Directories for Higher Education
DoDHE, a project of MACE,
is investigating technology to support inter-institutional directory searching.
This project is an application of the eduPerson object class, as well as
the LDAP Recipe and the good practices presented by the Internet2 Middleware
Initiative, MACE, and the MACE-Dir, MACE-Shibboleth and HEPKI working groups.
Sun Microsystems is a key business partner in this project by contribution
of hardware and software for the development and provision of the service.
Many thanks to Dinesh Bahal, John Fowler and Kim Jones for their support
of this project.
NOTE WELL: All Internet2 Activities are governed by
Intellectual Property Framework.
- Status and Architecture of DoDHE (January, 2001) (HTML)
- Initial project presentation at the Fall 2000 Internet2 Member Meeting
Major project goals are:
- To investigate and develop a service for directory searching, otherwise
referred to as a "Web of People".
- To employ the use of other MACE-related activities and infrastructures
- the Internet2 Middleware
Initiative and its work regarding the understanding and definitions
of institutional identifiers, authentication schemes and registries
of people data.
- the eduPerson object
class definition for inter-institutional resource sharing and
common data descriptions.
- the LDAP Recipe
to help define and develop thoughts and methodologies toward the more
uniform configuration and deployment of institutional directory services.
- To allow each institution complete control over the data and the
privacy issues concerning that institution. This service shall not offer
any barriers to institutional policy and privacy needs.
- To document thoughts, perspectives,
progress, methodologies, failures, discoveries, etc... of this project
in the hopes of better explaining the happenings. We also hope that
by doing so we may assist others in their thought processes regarding
the deployment of institutional, state, national or consortial directory
- To work with appropriate international experts to foster interoperability
and alignment with other similar initiatives.
- To hopefully make such a service real for the worldwide academic
community and possibly influence how such services would be deployed
in the commercial sector.