Novell will next week showcase Digitalme, an Internet service designed to help Web surfers manage their personal information online.
Digitalme will enable users to access favourite Web sites through one Internet password, fill in online registration forms automatically and create electronic address books that can be updated and accessed from any Internet device. Novell's flagship Novell Directory Services (NDS) will form the basis of Digitalme.
The technology, which was originally outlined during Novell Brainshare in March, will be unveiled by chief executive, Eric Schmidt in New York next Tuesday.
According to sources Novell is looking at making Digitalme available free on the Internet in open source format.
The company is hoping to capitalise on the fact that managing digital identities on the Internet is becoming an increasingly critical issue for both consumers and businesses. Consumers want to know that they can protect their personal details online and protect information such as credit card and contact details, preferences, bookmarks and user identifications.
Digitalme will let consumers control and track their personal information online by using a card metaphor. These virtual Mecards include a set of tools that enable consumers to create, personalise and manage their digital identities.
An Internet sign on system within Digitalme fills in forms used to register and establish access privileges across a number of Web sites A personal proxy system intercepts the forms, automatically fills them in for the user, and provides a completed form for review. The next time the user accesses the Web site, Digitalme automatically handles the sign in. The system also helps users develop better "privacy awareness" by creating a log of which Web sites have been passed the user's personal information.
Digitalme turns traditional network management upside down by giving users the ability to administer their personal information. The user controls what information they share - they know when and by whom their identity information is being used. Instant chat, messaging and document sharing are all supported through the Digitalme suite of services.
Novell has been testing the service with finance companies Citigroup and FirstUSA since March this year to refine features and functionality and create open standards for Internet identity.
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