[Mailman3-dev] mlist: mail list middleware integration project
jpr at uab.edu
Tue Jun 22 18:09:18 EDT 2004
Hi MM3 Developers,
I'm working on a middleware integration project for collaboration tools.
This project includes mailing list software as one of the target
I found your pages about the mm3 development effort very interesting and
thought you might enjoy hearing about the work we are doing and seeing
if there are any areas of mutual interest or potential for collaboration.
Part of our project is being supported by the Internet2 middleware
I'm also tracking my work related to the project here:
The mlist effort at Internet2 is in the early stages. Our goal is to
identify and describe system interface points where mailing list
management software can leverage existing middleware technologies (user
databases, attribute stores, etc) in order to make it easier to
integrate these tools into existing environments.
For example, universities typically have central user directories which
are leveraged for authentication and other data needs. Having software
that can leverage these databases makes integration into those
environments easier. This is desirable for any organization, however,
especially if they are building systems that use best-of-breed
applications for specific components.
One of the other mailing list tools we are looking at is Sympa
(http://www.sympa.org). They have already made a significant effort to
integrate their tools with middleware technologies for authn and authz.
An informative document about their development efforts in this space
can be found here:
These are complex solutions to support and there is no one correct
solution. The mlist group's goal is to provide information that can be
used to help build these interfaces into existing systems.
I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on this topic and would enjoy sharing
any information I have that is of interest to you.
Thanks for your time,
Advanced Technology Lab, UAB
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