In case you missed it last week, Steve Ivy and Chris Messina announced the DiSo Project as an incubator of sorts to develop distributed social applications. Initially, they will be focussing on plugins for existing publishing platforms like WordPress and Drupal. On the WordPress side, they are using wp-openid as a foundation to develop additional plugins that build on OpenID to bring other social functionality to WordPress powered blogs. I am therefore pleased to announce that wp-openid is moving under the umbrella of DiSo in an effort to allow better integration with the other social plugins that are being developed, as well as get some other really smart people working on the code. I’ve been working with Chris on various identity projects for a while now, and have been very impressed with Steve’s ability to really grok this topic, so I have no doubt this move will be good for all involved.
Over the next week or two, I hope to get the wp-openid codebase migrated into the DiSo subversion repository. The plan is to synchronize changes made there back over to wp-plugins.org so that the wordpress.org project page as well as plugin update notifications will continue to work as they do now. Any existing bug reports at wp-plugins will also be moved over to Google Code, which should provide some better features and flexibility. If you’re interested in following the progress of wp-openid or the other DiSo projects, feel free to join the DiSo Google Group.