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What is (an) openID really?

Can someone explain in plain english (I prefer dutch btw) what I need to do to implement openID on my site-to-build. Do I still need a user/session table in my database? I am searching the internet for beginner info, but after that I still don't know how openID works. I want to create an openID for myself, but the openID website surprises me, telling me that I already might have an openID for I use gmail. But the questions remains: What IS my openID? When I see the login textfield with the openID logo inside, it expects me to enter a url ?!?!. Thats where I really get confused. What? Is an openID a url? How do I explain that to the members of the Choir who barely know how to turn on their computers and check their email?
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