[p2pu-dev] quick question: how many of you have used LDAP before? (opinions about how to migrate users from the drupal site to lernanta)

Pippa Buchanan Pippa.Buchanan at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 00:34:34 UTC 2011

I think that Stian raises a key point here: we'd not just use LDAP / custom
made identity management for the a one-off but for automatically connecting
users with other P2PU hosted services in an *ongoing* basis and allowing
consistency of identity across those services. I think this is a very
important aspect of this discussion.

As it currently sits, users need to create multiple user accounts to deal
with the various systems that P2PU recommends, whether they be OSQA, Pivotal
Tracker, UserVoice, Open Atrium (tracker.p2pu.org), a wiki, mailing lists,
blogs etc.  LDAP is supported already for many of these systems and as it is
frequently used, it is relatively well documented.  Surely creating custom
migration / identity management for every service going to be more time
consuming and challenging than learning how to use LDAP?  I think Jessy-Kate
made this point very well and makes it clear that we can have LDAP and
support OpenID too.

In my mind the experience of community members (and most importantly course
participants) is made much more difficult through that process of creating
accounts for each individual service. Maybe its a little bit like making it
difficult to click through to buy something and losing sales as a result -
in order to participate in learning I should not have to wait for
confirmation emails from every service, I should not have to create my
profile information afresh etc etc.

The current setup is making learners lives far more difficult than they need
to be and quite possibly multiple sign-ups and managing multiple accounts is
one factor leading to course drop-outs.


On 9 February 2011 05:19, Stian Håklev <shaklev at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is very useful. However, this was a straight migration, for P2PU the
> concern currently is to enable OSQA and Drupal integration in the short
> term, and longer term to enable integration with a number of different
> services (potentially IRC, Big Blue Button, OSQA, a wiki, etc).
> Going to play with your new site now! :)
> Stian
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