With much ado and fanfare, I would like to introduce you all to The Pamela Project. Some of you have heard of this already — we officially announced the Pamela Project last week as part of the Liberty Alliance Day at RSA. I have more information on that event too, stay tuned.
The Pamela Project is focused on the adoption and use of information cards in the wild. We are working on the creation and maintenance of relying party software that fits into known popular software frameworks — and our goal is that you should not need to be a coder, a web services expert, or even particularly knowledgeable about SSL to enable your website to consume information cards.
To this end, we are now in the beta stage of the first download from the Pamela Project: PamelaWare for WordPress (shortened to PW-wp for obvious reasons). I have taken Kim Cameron’s original PHP relying party code for WordPress and done the following things to it:
- Turned it into a WordPress Plugin that can be activated & managed from the WordPress Administration console
- Added an Error Handler & Debug Handler
- Created Documentation around installation & troubleshooting (plus a community comment capability for the documentation that allows collaborative updates to my initial instructions)
- Added a full Information Card Configuration Console
- Including detection of missing prerequisites such as PHP5 or mcrypt.
- Also including prescriptive tests around HTTPS capability.
- More details on features are here.
- Screenshots are here.
- Try it out at our test blog!
PamelaWare for WordPress is just the first of what I hope to be a long list of framework modules, written initially for the best of breed in PHP software, but eventually for software of all types, in as many languages as possible.
If you are interested in being a beta tester for PW-wp, or if you would like more information about the community we hope to create, or if you think you would like to contribute, please comment here and I will contact you.
Thanks to Kim, Craig and Dale – the founding members of Pamela Project — for their advice, support, marketing prowess and development experience – I feel very honored to get a chance to work with such brilliant people.