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Call For Participation: OASIS DCML AppServ TC

Call For Participation: OASIS DCML Applications and Services Technical Committee

Date:      Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:22:37 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call For Participation: OASIS DCML AppServ TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS DCML Applications and Services (DCML-AppServ) TC has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Mark Darbyshire, Tibco; Jack Kudale, Computer Associates; Tim Howes and Phillip Liu, Opsware; J. Darrel Thomas, Charles Cooper, Jamie Erbes, and Steve Hulme, Electronic Data Systems Corp; Hal Lockhart, BEA; Michael Getz, Computer Associates; Dave Roberts, Inkra Networks; Kevin Smith, Fujitsu-Siemens; Chris Burnley, Blazent; Barak Perlman, Etagon; Moshe Bar, Qlusters; Noam Fraenkel, Mercury Interactive; Duke Tantiprasut, Micromuse, and Josh Sirota, BMC.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised); such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a member of the TC at the first meeting are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the TC. For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS collaborative tools, go to the TC's public web page at and click on the button for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above.

OASIS members may also join the TC after the first meeting. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

Non-OASIS members may read the TC's mail list archive, view the TC's web page, and send comments to the TC using a web form available on the TC's web page; click the "Send A Comment" button. The archives of the TC's mail list and public comments are visible at

Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover Pages under the title "Standards for Automated Resource Management in the Computing Environment" at:

(Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other applicable lists.)


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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Proposal: OASIS DCML Applications and Services Technical Committee

Name of the TC

OASIS DCML Applications and Services Technical Committee (DCML-AppServ TC)

Statement of Purpose

The Data Center Markup Language (DCML) is an XML-based specification for representing the contents of data centers and information used in managing those contents. The overall goal of the OASIS DCML TCs is to support the development of a holistic set of standards related to the automated management of data center infrastructure. This TC is part of the OASIS DCML Member Section.

The purpose of the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC is to extend the OASIS DCML Framework Specification by defining extensions to represent Applications and Services and the information necessary to manage these components. Applications encompass packaged applications as well as custom applications that are used within the data center to provide IT services. Services are the finished products of the amalgamation of environmental components (servers, storage, networking, etc.), blueprinting (configuration information), and policy governing components (applications and best practices/processes/guidelines) into IT or business services. The Applications and Services extensions will be designed so as to be able to represent both specific abstract application and services architectures and, if further extended, specific products or instantiations of a application or service. As noted in the OASIS DCML Framework TC charter, the DCML specifications are expected to leverage existing, available standardized methods of management, endpoint reference, policy, etc. where appropriate and feasible.

The OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC will directly leverage the OASIS DCML Framework specification and provide feedback to the OASIS DCML Framework TC to integrate the cross-referencing components of the datacenter to ensure uniformity and compliance to the overall DCML structure and tenets. The TC will directly utilize the OASIS DCML Framework structure, rules, accompanying data model and meta-model, which every TC uses to produce extension OASIS DCML definitions, to support or constrain the described structure of specific classes of applications and services.

The goal of the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC is to create a uniform, heterogeneous, and comprehensive highly-extensible data model and interchange format that allows applications (packaged and custom developed), application components (e.g., web services, etc.), and IT Services of all types to be referenced and managed along with the other components of existing and future IT environments. Using the interchange format, heterogeneous management systems will be able to incorporate the standardized and cross-elemental management packages

Scope of the TC

The scope of the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC is the definition and creation of a data format and associated elements, structured hierarchy outlining the format, and specification outlining the proper usage of the data format, describing particular Applications and Services in IT environments. The scope does not include the creation or definition of protocols, programmatic interfaces, or implementations that use the specification; this work will be developed separately from this TC. There will be likely other OASIS DCML TCs which uniformly provide implementation and protocol usage for DCML, but they are yet to be determined.

The initial scope of the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC will focus on the use cases provided in the OASIS DCML Framework TC. Using base format and structure of the OASIS DCML Framework, the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC will integrate the particular aspects of the structure and format of Applications and Services as extensions to the OASIS DCML Framework. Due to the complementary nature of these extensions to the Framework, the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC work is expected to be able to create much of its work in parallel to that of the OASIS DCML Framework TC

It is anticipated that the elements addressed by the Applications & Services specification will exclude items addressed by the OASIS DCML Networks TC. But the TC may elect to address some or all of those elements in consultation with the DCML Networks TC if it facilitates unification of the model.

List of Deliverables, with Completion Dates

  • Apps/Services Hierarchy and Extension Data Model v1.0 - 2Q 2005
  • Apps/Services Specification v1.0 - 3Q, 2005
  • Apps/Services Reference and Users Guide v1.0 - 3Q, 2005
  • Apps/Services Specification, Reference and Users Guide v1.1 - 4Q, 2005
  • Apps/Services Specification, Reference and Users Guide v2.0 - 1H, 2006
  • Apps/Services Specification, Reference and Users Guide v2.1 - 2H, 2006


Generally speaking, the OASIS DCML Applications/Services TC work will be used by the same groups that will use other OASIS DCML specifications, with a particular interest in the standardization of the management of Applications and Services throughout the IT enterprise and software management landscape, including the following groups:

  • Future TCs tackling the out-of-scope work items mentioned above
  • End users seeking to achieve standardized data exchange using DCML for particular applications/services
  • Vendors and end-users seeking to implement DCML as a means of better managing applications/services
  • The general public with an interest in learning more about DCML, particularly those interested in its application to managing applications/services


The TC will conduct its business in English.

Additional Information

Non-charter information for the purpose of launching the TC:

Similar/Related Work

Based on industry consensus, there is no other similar body of work that is synonymous with that of the OASIS DCML TCs. DCML is unique in the scope of problem solved and the method by which the problem is solved. The OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC will actively collaborate with and leverage other organizations and groups creating complementary work to DCML, both inside and outside of OASIS, where appropriate, as described in the OASIS DCML Framework TC charter. These may include the following:

  • OASIS DCML Framework TC
  • OASIS DCML Network TC
  • OASIS DCML Server TC
  • DMTF Common Information Model
  • OASIS WSDM TC and other OASIS Web Services TCs
  • OASIS ebXML-related TCs
  • W3C WSDL

Anticipated Contributions of Existing Work

The proposers intend that the OASIS DCML Applications and Services TC use as its starting point the pre-existing specification components developed by the DCML Framework and Applications/Services Working Groups within the pre-merged DCML Organization.

First Meeting

The first meeting of the TC will be a teleconference meeting hosted by the OASIS DCML Member Section on 15 November 2004 at 11:00 am Pacific.

On-going Meeting Schedule

The proposers anticipate that the TC will meet face to face at least quarterly, with at least monthly teleconference meetings in between. The TC will also conduct technical discussions via email.


TC Convener

J. Darrel Thomas, EDS, Darrel.Thomas@EDS.Com

TC Co-Chair Nominees

J. Darrel Thomas, EDS, Darrel.Thomas@EDS.Com
Mark Darbyshire, Tibco, Markd@Tibco.Com

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in the news story "OASIS Forms Four Technical Committees to Advance Data Center Markup Language (DCML)."

See general references in the topic document "Standards for Automated Resource Management in the Computing Environment":

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