Archive for April, 2010
Many of our UW Web Services require a X.509 certificate for access. Up until now instructions were split among multiple wiki docs and we did not have a single page to tell developers how to request one. The UW IT Identity and Access Management team recently created a page to do just that.
Our Web Services client developer docs have all been updated to reference this new page.
Person Web Service (PWS) v1 is live in production. The joint collaboration between AIS and IAM in UWIT has produced a tool to offer an authoritative set of web-based resources for the UW person data.
The current API provides read access to the PDS (Person Directory Service) data, and exposes person and entity resources including search capabilities. Entities are data objects that hold UW NetIDs (with minor exceptions, like people who haven’t yet created a UW NetID). The vast majority of entities are persons. A person resource reflects a single real-life individual with one or more UW affiliations. Person resources carry data attributes about the person’s affiliation(s) and contact information. Some entities are not persons. Non-person entities include things like Departmental, Shared or Temporary UW NetID accounts, and carry very few attributes.
An entity resource, and therefore a person resource (since persons are a subset of all entities), can be fetched by its primary key, UW RegID, or by UW NetID. Entity searches support queries by name, while Person Searches support queries by name or by additional affiliation-specific identifiers.
More detailed documentation about the service, resources and sample .NET client code can be found on our support wiki here. It also explains how to get access to PWS. For further information please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org .