R1: Common Interest and Initial Days

[Work done up to 8th June 2008]

We started working on this project during the later part of March 2008. This was not the first project that we considered, but we had to leave out our other suggestions due to various reasons. The main reason for choosing eID as our project was the common interest shared by all the group members.

Our initial project discussions were mostly done thought only, specially emails and group IMs, as couple of our members were away home during initial couple of weeks. Before and after choosing the project topic, we had to do much reading online, specially on website related to existing Electronic ID implementations. We also referred to many research papers related to electronic identification and digital authentication. During this period we had several meeting with the project members and shared our ideas. We planned it in such a way that each member would read different papers, and at the meetings each of us would present the useful knowledge of it. This way we had the participation of all members in the process.

We also met our project supervisor Dr. Chandana Gamage couple of times to discuss our project idea while preparing the proposal. He was very much helpful to us and directed us to referring more papers and other related material. His inputs were crucial in shaping up the project idea, in terms of privacy and security aspects of the project.

Other main tasks carried out during this period:

  • Preparing Project Proposal
  • Preparing Requirements Specification

Preparing Project Proposal

We started by putting up some ideas from each member together. After reading about many other successful eID implementations as well as some failures, we had some idea about what features are needs and what could be avoided. We had meetings with group members to finalize our ideas. After this we prepared a draft proposal and submitted that to our project supervisor Dr. Chandana Gamage. His inputs to the proposal helped a lot in shaping up the proposal. We added more privacy and security features after these meetings. Each of our group member prepared different parts for the proposal and we put all together to make the final proposal.

Preparing Requirements Specification

After the proposal we had to do the requirements specification. For this also we had to refer many other research papers and other relavent documents. AdaptID of Belgium and FINEID of Finlad were to major sources we referred for this. Then we used collaborative methods to write the document. I contributed by writing two of the functional requirements and some of the other elements of the document, while other members contributed in writing other parts of the document.

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