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eXtensible Name Service (XNS) Public Trust Organization (XNSORG)

Overview: The eXtensible Name Service (XNS) was an open protocol for universal addressing and automated data exchange, an XML-based digital identity architecture. The eXtensible Name Service Public Trust Organization (XNSORG), an international non-profit governance organization, was founded to determine the direction of the open eXtensible Name Service protocol. The protocol provided services for: registering and resolving identity addresses; defining and managing XML identity documents; conducting and protecting identity transactions; and linking and synchronizing identity attributes.

XNS used XML Schemas to define and manage identity attributes and XML-based Web services for platform-independence and extensibility. XNS also used XML security standards such as XML Signatures and SAML to assert identity credentials and verify identity transactions. XNS was a peer-to-peer protocol that can be used to create and connect identity networks into an Identity Web. XNS specifications have since become part of the XRI and XD Technical Committees.

*XNSORG evolved into XDI.org

Specifications: Not available

IPR Policy: Not available

Current Status: Inactive

Last Updated: March 26, 2014


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