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FeSL: Community Funding Model to Develop an Enhanced Fedora Security Layer

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada In 2008, the Fedora team released Fedora v3 which included many notable changes, although one area where there was not much change was authentication and authorization. There have been many requests from the Fedora user community for a wider range of authentication methods, a simpler approach to security and better management and enforcement of XACML authorization policies. In order to address this critical issue, Fedora Commons and a number of Fedora community members have proposed a project, the Fedora Security Layer (FeSL), to enhance one of the more promising developments in this area and provide it to the Fedora community. Project managers (University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and Media Shelf) propose funding FeSL by suggesting that members of the Fedora community contribute funds to ensure timely and appropriate development of this aspect of the Fedora system.  The budget for the FeSL project is $50,000.  Each Project Contributor is asked to provide a contribution of $5,000 for a total of 10 Project Contributors who agree to provide a minimum of $5,000.
To date the following organizations have committed $5,000 to the project:

  1. University of PEI
  2. Standford University
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of Hull

Read more about the FeSL project and find out how to participate here: