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Re: Collabograte project

On 03/03/12 19:42, Kartik Subbarao wrote:
> On 03/03/2012 08:11 AM, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>> On 01/03/12 22:17, Kartik Subbarao wrote:
>>> I'm integrating OpenLDAP as an LDAP Directory component in the open
>>> source Collabograte project that I recently announced:
>>> http://kartiksubbarao.com/announcing-collabograte
>> I think this is interesting and very worthwhile.  There are similar
>> projects like FusionForge, some of them use OpenLDAP.  Can you
>> elaborate on what makes Collabograte distinctive from those other
>> alternatives?
> The primary audience for Collabograte is IT integrators who want to
> assemble their own custom services from individual collaboration
> components that they choose. Collabograte helps them with the heavy
> lifting of integration -- connecting the dots between these different
> components. For example, in the role of "LDAP Directory Component",
> Collabograte can provide configurations for a number of LDAP servers.
> OpenLDAP is the first one that it supports, but there is no restriction
> on the products that can be supported. The same is true for any other
> category of component. So down the line, Collabograte might support 5
> different OSes, 4 different LDAP servers, 3 different Wikis, etc.

It is interesting that you are posting about this on the OpenLDAP list,
I also came here just recently with similar aims in mind:


One of the challenges I've come across is deciding how to reconcile the
user ID naming conventions, e.g.

- Moin (and some other wikis) have a convention of WikiNames, e.g.
DanielPocock, so that you can have a `user' page such as

- some apps (e.g. bugzilla, git/gitosis, mailman, sympa) are using email

- for some apps (e.g. Drupal) it is common to use OpenID, but also have
an `alias' on the site itself, such as daniel.pocock, dpocock (or my
favourite, sneaky_troll)

- and some apps (like granting UNIX access) require a short and concise
user ID like dpocock

I'd be interested in any comments you have on that subject: you
anticipate asking users to use all of these IDs?  Or just go for the
lowest common denominator (e.g. an ID like dpocock) and an email address?

I will have a look over the architecture of your solution.  I had
imagined implementing some kind of workflow system (maybe using Apache
Camel, for example) that would take input events such as `new user' or
`password change' and would then asynchronously propagate the event to
all the components.

My objective in doing this, however, is actually to support another
project, http://www.lumicall.org http://www.sip5060.net and
http://www.opentelecoms.org - basically, I'm building a collection of
sites to facilitate open, secure, federated SIP, and I'm looking at how
to integrate the collaborative tools to support them, rather than just
dumping it all on sourceforge or github.