SIA announce new Open Source API to harmonise sovereign ID programs

Open API

Industry-first initiative promises to eliminate vendor lock-in and reduce costs for governments around the world.

SDW, London, 27 June 2018. In a move that promises to accelerate the development of national identity schemes across the world, Secure Identity Alliance today announces its Open Source API (Application Program Interface) initiative.



Directly addressing the high-cost problems of vendor lock-in and the lack of standardization within today’s identity ecosystem, this pioneering new Open Source API project will deliver technical interoperability between civil registration registries and civil identification registries.



Developed within the SIA and endorsed by the world’s leading identity system vendors, this landmark initiative demonstrates an industry-wide commitment to breaking down the technical barriers to achieving the United Nations goal of establishing a legal identity for every citizen.



By allowing multiple identity registries and systems to “talk” to one another – independent of technology, solution architecture or vendor - the Open Source API will solve the interoperability challenges that have hampered the evolution of national identity systems. Governments can invest with confidence – preserving the value of existing systems while evolving their environments without the fear of vendor lock-in.



The Open Source API will be shared on Github from the beginning of the project. Anyone wishing to contribute is welcome to do so.


Welcoming the announcement. Dr Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman of the ID4Africa Movement, says: “The importance of initiatives of this type cannot be underestimated. A poll of delegates during the recent Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa Movement identified vendor lock-in as the biggest concern for those tasked with delivering national ID schemes. As the ID market matures, governments and implementing bodies must be free to select the most appropriate solutions without commercial or technical restrictions. The SIA’s Open Source API is a key enabler and a major step towards harmonising identity schemes across Africa."



Launching the initiative, Debora Comparin, who leads the Open Source API for the SIA, comments: “This initiative is all about making a difference for governments and implementing bodies across the world. It not only reflects how fast the identity market is maturing, but also the commitment of its major players to solving legacy proprietary challenges through ever deeper levels of collaboration and openness. The publication of the Open Source API on GitHub is the first step and we welcome contributions from all players in the identity value chain.”



Frédéric Trojani, Chairman of the Board of the Secure Identity Alliance comments: “While the abundance of proprietary technology is the natural consequence of the lack of recognized standards, we feel the industry must play a role in redressing the balance. As a not-for-profit association supported by the world’s leading identity providers, SIA is uniquely positioned to drive this openness agenda through our experience, technical expertise and global influence.”



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Note to Editors: About the Secure Identity Alliance


Secure Identity Alliance is dedicated to supporting the provision of legal, trusted identity for all, and to drive the development of inclusive digital services necessary for sustainable, worldwide economic growth and prosperity.We believe legal, trusted identity is the cornerstone of rights protection, social inclusion and digital economic development - and the access point to a wide range of essential public and private services. We bring together public, private and non-government organizations to foster international collaboration on the issues of legal identity, to help shaping policy and to provide technical and implementation guidance for national and international ID systems.


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