An Overlay Infrastructural Approach for a Web-Wide Trustworthy Identity and Profile Management

  • Maria Chiara Pettenati
  • Lucia Ciofi
  • David Parlanti
  • Franco Pirri
  • Dino Giuli


Scalability and trust-enabling capabilities in Web-wide Profile Management are two challenges addressed in this paper. An infrastructural theoretical framework is proposed and discussed, based on the InterDataNet (IDN) architecture aimed at supporting seamless data interoperability to facilitate sharing and exploitation of distributed and heterogeneous user profile information. This paper presents the grounding issues of a more detailed analysis in progress on this problem, to highlight the prospected advantages and the technical viability of the proposed approach. It is possible to apply the framework in cross-domains scenarios such as e.g. e-gov and e-health, in which the trusted management of identities and profiles is required. The present study provides a starting-point for further research and development of the IDN as the technological system underlying the e-Profile Management Systems towards a trust-enabling Web-wide service.


Personal Data Overlay Network Overlay Node Identity Provider Digital Identity 
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We would like to acknowledge the precious discussion with Dr. G. Vannuccini. We are also thankful to Mr. R. Billero, S. Turchi and L. Capannesi for the technical support in the implementation IDN-Service Architecture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Chiara Pettenati
    • 1
  • Lucia Ciofi
    • 1
  • David Parlanti
    • 1
  • Franco Pirri
    • 1
  • Dino Giuli
    • 1
  1. 1.Electronics and Telecommunications DepartmentUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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