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A collection of Verified Claims or data together with the context that can provides meaning to the provenance, meaning and accessibility of that data.
While a great deal of ink has been expended (and captured on the wiki page Information) at is core information is most useful when view as input to a decision process. That decision process must be able to evaluate all of the data available, understand the reliability of the data and then act on the data. The better the information content of data, the more valuable it is. This wiki page is about creating packets of data together with the Provenance of the data, the Meaning of the data and the Access to the data. Lets look at each of those three categories:
Provenance of Data
Meaning of the Data
Access to the Data
- Information (aka contextualized data) is valuable.
Claims typically go through a series of steps, for example:
- A User will go to a Web Site hosting a Resource that the user wants to access.
- The Web Site will send a scope to a User asking for Claims to authorize access.
- The User Agent should know, a priori, where to send the Claims for verification.
- The Verified Claims will be collected and forwarded to the Web Site.
- The Web Site will evaluate the Verified Claims and determine whether to authorize access to the resource.
- Optionally the Web Site will request additional claims to meet the needs to authorize access.
- In computer networking a variety of statements can be made by a user to acquire authorized access to a resource.
- The distinction as to Authentication, who a user is, versus Authorization, or what that user is permitted to do, is no longer helpful.
- NIST has recognized that there are multiple metrics for the Assurance of statements about a user in their third update to SP 800-63-B