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Secure sharing of Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEARs) at Newcastle University using SMART

We’ve just released a draft version of the “Secure sharing of Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEARs) at Newcastle University using SMART” document. Our goal is to propose improvements to existing processes at Newcastle University and integrate SMART with some of the applications, as discussed. Please feel free to send your feedback.

You can also check out SMART white paper – single page that describes the problems in Higher Education that SMART AM solves.

Categories: Publications, Research

The Business of Open Source

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

“I’ve experienced quite a bit about how open source works. It’s been a wonderful learning experience for me and definitely turned me from someone who thought open source code and developers were somehow not as good as closed source equivalents into a person who knows that the opposite is most definitely the case!”(Mark Little, Red Hat, blog)

Indisputable fact of today’s worlds is an existence of many IT companies that based their success on the Open Source. Talend, Alfresco, Cloudera, Mozilla and last but not least: Red Hat/JBoss (How JBoss did it!) are great examples of that.

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SMARTAM with History log and Access Requests log

We have just launched a new release of SMARTAM at Apart from fixing a few bugs, this release comes with two brand new features:

  • History log
  • Access requests log

History log is a list enabling you to see who accessed your resources and when. This way you are given even more control over protection of your resources and you are always able to follow what happens to your data. The other feature – Access requests – is a list of notifications from your friends who have heard about your data (e.g. newly uploaded photos) and have sent you a request to be able to access this data. You can then easily grant access to the requested data (according to your preferences!) instantly as this feature is located in the sidebar on almost all the pages of SMARTAM. This way you will be always sure that you didn’t missed anybody while setting security and privacy settings for your resources! Read more to see example screenshots!

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Categories: Development, Research, Usability, UX

Identity Deployment of the Year (IDDY) 2011 Award

February 19, 2011 1 comment

We’re pleased to announce that the SMART project has won the prestigious Identity Deployment of the Year (IDDY) 2011 award, in the Emerging Applications/Proof of Concept Category. The IDDY is awarded yearly by the Kantara Initiative, for deployment and development of identity management software. Previous winners include Google, US DoD, Vodafone, NTT and Oracle. This year’s winners were US National Institute for Health and Newcastle University. The Newcastle award was presented to Maciej Machulak during the Identity Collaboration Day in San Francisco.

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Categories: Presentations, Research

Maciej Wolniak joins the SMART Team

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

We’re happy to announce that the SMART Team has a new member – Maciej Wolniak. Maciej is an expert in front end Web development and he will be helping us with creating User Interfaces for all UMA-related software. He will also work on usability related issues. You can read more about his previous career at his University’s Website:

Categories: Research, UX

OAuth leeloo – V0.1 released

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new OAuth V2.0 library – leeloo. Leeloo allows to easily build all endpoints of the OAuth V2.0 protocol – clients, authorization servers, and resource servers.



  • Covers OAuth 2.0 specification draft 10
  • Both for OAuth clients and AS/RS
  • Lightweight and non intrusive
  • Simple and extensible API
  • Under heavy development
  • High unit tests coverage

Where can I find out more?

All information about leeloo is available at

We have been using leeloo internally as part of the UMA/j framework that we hope to release very soon. It’s been also included in the smartgallery Web application – UMA-enabled Web app that allows individuals to protect their photos with User-Managed Access.

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SMART affiliated with Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security @ NCL

We’re pleased to announce that the SMART project (Student-Managed Access to Online Resources) has been officially affiliated with the Centre for Cybecrime and Computer Security at Newcastle University! The CCCS carries out research and provides education to make the Internet safer for families, business and organisations. We believe that our project fits well into the overall goal of the CCCS research hub.

“Social network sites such as Facebook and many others need to be made safer to use.  UMA puts users in control of their own sensitive data, allowing them to protect personal information and data from misuse by others.  The user-centric vision behind UMA is particularly interesting and our Centre is very pleased to support this research further.”

Phil Butler, Detective Chief Inspector, Director of CCCS

Being a part of CCCS will be interesting but challenging as well. It means we’ll have easier access to the knowledge of great researchers here at NCL but it also means we’ll have to work hard to keep the level of research adequate. Anyway, it’s really good news!

Categories: Research