R1: The start with eID

[Work done up to 8th June 2008]

We are working on the project called eID – Electronic Identity. We formed the group as soon as the project discussions started during the training period. Then during the latter part of March 2008 we selected the project title. Earlier we had done a research and were ready to propose a project but later due to various reasons and with the satisfaction of all the group members we selected the eID project.

Then we started having discussions regarding the eID project. Earlier it was through emails and IMs, but then we arranged many project meetings and discussed many issues about the system. During these meetings we shared many of our ideas and subsequently each of us went through some sub categories of topics and started doing the research. We had to refer to many web sites to learn about the existing eID systems, there were many online resources available and by going through them we got a better understanding of the requirements and the problems faced in such implementations. After the discussions with our superviser Dr.Chandana Gamage we had to consider about mainly the privacy issues and so that we went through many research papers related to electronic identity, privacy in electronic identity and electronic signatures. Here also we had the system of each person reading different papers and sharing the knowledge gained. This helped us to speed up the process and increase the productivity.

We met with our supervisor regarding the project documentations twice. He gave us the full support of himself to find the references, research papers and his own ideas. He directed us to complete the project documentations and moderate some project ideas. His help was really appreciated.

Other than those project preparation works we completed two major initial documentation works. They were the Project proposal and the Requirements specification. We had many versions of project proposals due to the changes needed to be done. Our superviser directed us to do the necessary modifications and finally we had four versions of project proposals as the last one completely accepted. Then the Requirements specification had only one version and it was accepted. We did many changes mainly regarding the privacy issues of the eID system because that was the main reason for the failure of such systems in many countries like Australia. So we took extra care of this property and did heavy reading and research to shape up the project proposal and the Requirements specification.

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