It really depends on what you want to use the signatures for. Are you just tracking who signed off on what? Do you need to meet a particular legal standard? If you are in the medical/biological/pharmaceutical industry, there are industry specific requirements laid out by the FDA (see safe-biopharma.org). The most broadly applicable law (if you are in the US) is called eSign (Electronic Signatures In Global and National commerce). The major areas that you want to look into are whether you have to prove simple intent, which can be done with a "I agree to these terms and conditions" checkbox where you store the datetime of the agreement and the text of the agreement along with a link to their user account which presumably has information that authenticates them (like name, address, phone number, etc). If you need to prove more than that, then you start getting into needing to use digital certificates or physical biometric capture devices, like the signature pads you use when UPS delivers a package to you. Then you can capture the biometric information and cryptographically bind the signature to the agreement. At that point you have to then show chain of custody...who has had control of it and can you show there hasn't been tampering. If you are looking at anything beyond a basic click-through agreement, then I'd start with Adobe who has well recognized support for electronic signatures in PDF documents. If you go the route of doing physical signature capture, take a look at Topaz, their devices have been pretty easy for us to work with so far. And have your company talk to their lawyer. Do a little research yourself, look at eSign and some of the other laws, take a look at what the other people on this thread have mentioned plus Adobe and such, then decide what the goal of the project is. What are you trying to protect? If the rubber hits the road and lawyers come calling, what are you trying to prove? Take that information, give it to the lawyer and let them help you come up with something that that lawyer can defend because in the end, that's who is going to be doing it. Cheers, Judah On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 2:41 AM, <rogerharness at comcast.net> wrote: > > > Evolters, > > > > I've been asked to look into the ability to use digital/electronic signatures in our department. > > > > Currently we have a Training Request document that gets filled out by an employee, then a hard-copy goes to his/her supervisor for "approval" (sign and date), then gets routed/faxed to our office for final approval (again, signed and dated), and finally gets sent BACK to the employee. > > > > I've been googling/etc., and I've been finding commercial products that might help, but most of what I've seen out there requires some sort of application or at least plug-in to make anything even close to this work. > > > > We are working with our IT department to create a new Learning Management System (LMS) that at some point -may- allow users to register for training via this LMS, and automatically have an approval request sent to the employee's supervisor, then once approved by the supervisor, the request is sent back to our office. > > > > But in the meantime, I'm just trying to research if there are any folks currently using any type of electronic/digital signatures that might compare to what we're looking for. -Is- anyone using any type of digital signatures that don't necessarily require additional applications, plug-ins, etc. > > > > As always, thank you in advance for any help/tips/etc.! > > > > -Roger Harness > > > > > -- > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester > and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org > Workers of the Web, evolt !