Releases Open Source Code for Driving Security and Privacy Into Web Services and Web 2.0 Applications

Release of OpenLiberty-J Extends the Proven Interoperability, Privacy, and Security of the Liberty Web Services Framework to Identity Consuming Java Applications, Public Webcast Scheduled for April 2, the global open source community working to provide developers with resources and support for building interoperable, secure and privacy-respecting identity services, today announced the release of OpenLiberty-J, an open source Liberty Web Services (ID-WSF 2.0) client library designed to ease the development and accelerate the deployment of secure, standards-compliant Web 2.0 Applications. will hold a public webcast to review OpenLiberty-J on April 2 at 8 am US PT.

OpenLiberty-J enables application developers to quickly and easily incorporate the enterprise-grade security and privacy capabilities of the proven interoperable Liberty Alliance Identity Web Services Framework into identity consuming applications such as those found in enterprise service oriented architectures (SOAs), Web 2.0 social networking environments and client-based applications on PC’s and mobile devices. Released as beta today under the Apache 2.0 license, OpenLiberty-J code is available for review and download at

“With the release of OpenLiberty-J, developers now have a comprehensive library of open source code to begin driving security and privacy into applications requiring identity management functionality,” said Conor P. Cahill, Principal Engineer, Intel and OpenLiberty-J contributor. “ encourages the global open source community to begin working with the code and welcomes contributions to further the evolution of OpenLiberty-J as the project moves from beta to general availability later this year.”

OpenLiberty-J is based on J2SE, and open source XML, SAML, and web services libraries from the Apache Software Foundation and Internet2, including OpenSAML, a product of the Internet2 Shibboleth project. The library implements the Liberty Advanced Client functionality of Liberty Web Services standards. Developers can immediately begin using the OpenLiberty-J code to build a wide range of new identity applications that are secure and offer users a high degree of online privacy protection.

Ensuring OpenLiberty-J Interoperability Across Networks and Devices is committed to providing application developers, service providers and relying parties with assurances that identity applications built with OpenLiberty-J have proven to interoperate. The community is currently developing online testing services to help accelerate application development. OpenLiberty-J has already successfully demonstrated informal interoperability against the open source ZXID ( and certified Liberty Web Services interoperable products from Symlabs. OpenLiberty-J is scheduled to participate in the next round of formal Liberty Alliance Interoperable™ testing in Q3 2008 to ensure that applications built using this Java library will interoperate with Liberty-enabled products and deployments worldwide.

“OpenLiberty-J provides Java developers with a robust, secure option for identity-enabling SOA and Web 2.0 applications,” said Asa Hardcastle, CTO of Zenn New Media and Technical Lead of “With the release of OpenLiberty-J, enterprises and organizations are a significant step closer to being able to deploy and manage Web 2.0 applications that are interoperable, secure and privacy-respecting.”

About and the OpenLiberty-J Library is an open community of developers formed in January 2007 to coordinate synergies among global open source initiatives and to identify and deliver the open source libraries developers need to build applications that take advantage of the features in Liberty Alliance standards, including: the Liberty Identity Governance Framework (IGF), Liberty Advanced Client, Liberty Federation (SAML 2.0), and Liberty Web Services (ID-WSF2.0 and ID-SIS*). The OpenLiberty-J Java Library released today has been developed by contributors led by Zenn New Media with significant input from AOL, HP, Intel, Internet2, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs and the OpenSAML community. is a self-governing community operating independently from Liberty Alliance who continues to sponsor much of its activity.

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About the April 2 Public Webcast

Hosted by Asa Hardcastle, the public webcast, Understanding and Leveraging the Open Source Liberty Client Library will take place on April 2 at 8 am US PT. The event will outline the functionality of the OpenLiberty-J client code and detail the 2008 roadmap for driving the project from beta to general availability. The webcast will provide an overview of, discuss projects in the works and what the community expects to deliver in the future. Participants will understand how to begin building identity consuming applications with OpenLiberty-J today. Registration and more information about the webcast is available at


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