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People Database project John Byrne. Project aims Improve current Computing Service resource management processes Provide a reference 'People Database'

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1 People Database project John Byrne

2 Project aims Improve current Computing Service resource management processes Provide a reference 'People Database' to support service providers in departments Provide an authentication service for service providers in departments

3 Computing Service Registration System Used to manage Computing Service resources Examples: Host login accounts accounts Web hosting accounts File store allocation Printing …

4 Current System Built on Interbase Character-based management interface Utility scripts to implement state held in database

5 Current System Works well but –Running low on resources –String and plaster behind the scenes Eg: early registration, status changes, transient arrangements, … –Inflexible database schema Eg: personal details and account details too closely linked –Closed system –Inappropriate use of host login accounts

6 New System Data separation –Personal data separated from resource management data People Database Facilities Database Rule-based resource allocation –What you get depends on who you are –With over-rides Lightweight digital identity –Username –Password –Basic access rights –Toe in the intranet

7 People Database Oracle Stable data layer One-stop Available to authorised users Accessed via standard APIs: –SQL –ColdFusion –Java –… Extensible

8 People Database People –Staff –Students –Associates –Others Data –Contact details –Affiliation (eg dept/status) –Job roles –Identity (username) –Misc other

9 Identity Service LDAP User authentication Data to support access control Available to authorised users Accessed via standard APIs –LDAP –ColdFusion –Java –… Extensible

10 …Early Registration Associates Database SITSResource Link Identity Service (LDAP) People Database (Oracle) WebHost accessLibrary Depts Identity generator … Comp Serv Facilities Database authorised applications

11 Data sources Corporate –Resource Link –SITS –Associates Database Departmental –Job roles –Early registration –Informal links –Contract renewal –…

12 Service providers Rule-based resource allocation –Depending on a user's status: A set of available resources A set of default resources Manual over-rides Ad-hoc resource allocation Detecting changes –Change logs in People Database Authorization and authentication using LDAP

13 End-users New user allocated default resources –eg host access, mail User switches on/off additional resources using the web User without host access can still use the web to select facilities

14 People Project System expected to go live summer 2004 Contacts –John Byrne (jcb1) –Fergus McGlynn (fam6)


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