Robin Wilton astutely points out that Apache’s TSIK incubator project‘s roadmap is somewhat off the mark in its description of Infocard in relation to the Liberty Alliance Project specifications (and others):
Some of the initial ideas of TSIK is to implement WS-* standards as they are developed, in particular the ones related to implementation of a federated ID protocol such as Microsoft’s InfoCard. (There are other federated ID protocols, for example, Liberty Alliance, Sxip networks, Identity Commons, LID NetMesh, Passel.org, but only InfoCard seems to be based on open web services standards.)
This does indeed seem to be a case of “The World Turned Upside Down“. What I find most strange is that there is no mention in this list of the grandaddy of them all – SAML – now in its 2.0 version and as openly standardised as an open standard can be, at OASIS.