Technometria with Phil Windley
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In the 17th century, William Ames wrote a book called
Technometria. Technometry meant literally "the measure of a skill or
art." As Ames used it, he meant the study of the theory of the
interrelation of the arts and sciences. (See Why
Technometria for more detail.)
This is the Technometria podcast. I'm Phil Windley and I'm usually joined
by Scott Lemon and Ben Galbraith, good friends and
great technologists in their own right. Matt Asay has been a co-host in the past. We may talk him into coming back someday.
Technometria is our attempt to make sense of the technology that
surrounds us through exploration, analysis, and, hopefully,
reason. In these podcasts you'll find discussions of Web 2.0,
programming and software development, open source, identity, new
media, enterprise computing, and many other topics.
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Eve Maler discusses her work on User-Managed Access (UMA). In addition to discussing the concept of UMA, she gives examples of its use, as well as her work with the User Managed Access Working Group at the Kantara Initiative and how UMA relates to Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM), part of the U.S. Government's work in overseeing the government-wide activities related to Cybersecurity and Identity Management.
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