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CFP: OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) TC

OASIS TC Call For Participation: FWSI

Subject:    OASIS TC Call For Participation: FWSI
From:      "Karl F. Best" <> 
Date:      Tue, 16 Sep 2003 10:04:04 -0400

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Dr. LEE Eng Wah, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology; Roberto B. PASCUAL, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore; Andy TAN, Information Technology Standard Committee, Singapore; TAN Kwang Han, Ecquaria Technologies; QUEK Choon Yang, Ecquaria Technologies; CHENG Huang Kheng, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology; TAN Puay Siew, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology; Sujamto PRASETIO, Sun Microsystems; Cassandra Ong Sio Hue, eG Innovations Pte. Ltd; Yong Inn Nam, ESS Software Pte.; Kenneth Lim, Crimson Logic Pte Ltd; Amardeep Singh, Readiminds Systems and Services Pte Ltd; and Paul Tearnen, RosettaNet.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; 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 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 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. You may join a TC at any time after the first meeting, but in order to be a voting member at the first TC meeting you must a) register at least 15 days before the first meeting and b) attend the first meeting.

Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

For non-OASIS members, a public comment list is available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this list by sending a message to

The archives of the TC's private and comment mail lists are visible to the public at

Further information about this topic may be found on the Cover Pages under the topic of "Web Services Implementation" at A FAQ will also be available on the TC's web page.


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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Framework for Web Services Implementation Technical Committee

TC Charter

Name of the TC

OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of OASIS FWSI TC is to facilitate implementation of robust Web Services by defining a practical and extensible methodology consisting of implementation processes and common functional elements that practitioners can adopt to create high quality Web Services systems without re-inventing them for each implementation.

It solves the problem of the slow adoption of Web Services because of lack of methodologies to implement Web Services, and a lack of understanding of whether solutions proposed by vendors have the necessary components to reliably implement an application based on Web Services.

It is anticipated that the TC will establish liaisons with some of the key web services standards in interoperability, security, business process management and orchestration etc; in formulating the web service implementation process specification. Obviously criteria may have to be set to select the appropriate standards or specifications. However, the focus on the TC must be to determine the commonly used functional elements and specify the scope and purpose of the identified functional elements.

The efforts of this TC would:

  1. accelerate implementation of Web Services-based systems
  2. improve the performance and robustness of such systems
  3. improve understanding of Web Services implementations
  4. reduce the complexity of such systems and hence reduce the developmental and maintenance efforts; and
  5. reduce the risk of implementation

Why is there a need for the FWSI TC?

Through the experience of developing Web Services solutions and working with the industry in actual implementations of web service-enabled applications, it became apparent that web services implementation needs a lot of actual implementation guidelines and there are also a lot of commonalities that exist throughout these implementations. If harnessed properly, the movement towards getting web services to the mass market can be realised that much faster. As such, the thoughts for contributing this knowledge and harnessing the vast knowledge out there from all parts of the industry was mooted and hence the work towards the formation of this TC.

Scope of Work

The TC will develop the following:

1. Web Services Implementation Process Specification. The TC will define an implementation process for Web Services by building on the work of existing standards. The implementation process specification will describe the common implementation steps needed to build robust Web Services within the context of a typical system lifecycle process using the Web Services Functional Elements. Web Services, being highly distributed in nature, do not lend themselves well to classical implementation processes. A model implementation process that is tried-and-tested will help practitioners in avoiding the common pitfalls of implementing Web Services.

2. Web Services Functional Elements Specification. The TC will specify a set of functional elements that practical implementations of Web Services-based systems will require. These functional elements form a basis for practitioners to instantiate into a technical architecture using the Web Services Implementation Process. It is the purpose of the TC to explore and define the right level of abstraction for these functional elements and to specify the purpose and scope of each functional element to facilitate efficient and effective implementation of Web Services.

The TC will not implement actual commercial products and solutions based on the specifications listed above. This will be left to commercial entities to implement. The TC's work will be complete when the members of OASIS approve the specifications as OASIS Standards.

An analogy of the scope of the TC's work would be the recipe for baking a cake. The implementation process will be analogous to the instructions for baking the cake (e.g., pre-heating the oven or mixing which ingredients) while the functional elements will be analogous to the ingredients for baking the cake.

List of Deliverables

The key deliverables and completion dates of the FWSI TC are:

  1. Web Services Implementation Process Specification -- 30 Apr 2004
  2. Web Services Functional Elements Specification -- 30 Sep 2004

Anticipated Audience or Users of the Work

The work of the TC will be used by system integrators and software vendors as a basis for implementing Web Services solutions. In-house Web Services developers in large corporations will also benefit from the work of the TC.


All meetings (both face-to-face and phone meetings) as well as official correspondences amongst FWSI TC participants will be conducted in English.

Additional Information

The following is additional non-normative information related to starting the TC.

Similar Work Done in Other OASIS TCs

The work done in this TC is similar to the following work:

1. Work done in OASIS TCs such as WS Security. The OASIS FWSI TC defines the functional elements that will be useful to most Web Services that are implemented. It does not define the standards for implementing the specific components -- TCs such as WS Security will handle that. The FWSI TC will be tapping on the specifications of various OASIS TCs in order to know the capabilities that each functional element will have. Back to the analogy of the cake recipe, the individual TCs in OASIS will define how to produce the eggs, flour, sugar etc, which the recipe does not deal with.

2. Work done in WS-I. WS-I defines the choice of standards to be used for each component, as is shown in its Basic Profile release. It also defines the interoperability tests for these components. The components that form the functional elements in the OASIS FWSI TC's framework could be influenced by WS-I's recommendations, thus the work of WS-I would complement FWSI's work, but will not interfere with it. Using the cake recipe analogy, WS-I may recommend brands of sugar that are safe for consumption, and provide tests for that the sugar is edible, but the cake recipe will just require that the sugar being used in the ingredient is universally accepted as sugar.

First OASIS FWSI TC Meeting

The first OASIS FWSI TC Meeting will be held on the 8th Dec (9am to 5pm) and 9th Dec (9am to 1:30pm), 2003, in Philadelphia, USA. The dates and venue of the meeting was chosen to allow the TC participants to attend the XML Conference and Exposition 2003, an event co-sponsored by OASIS scheduled to be held from the 10th to the 12th Dec 2003.

Meeting Schedule

1. Face-to-Face Meetings (semi-annually)

  • 8-9 December 2003, Philadelphia USA
  • April 2004, San Francisco, USA (tentative)

2. Phone Meetings (bi-monthly, tentatively 10:00am Singapore time GMT+8:00)

  • 28 November 2003
  • 30 January 2004
  • 26 March 2004
  • 28 May 2004
  • 30 July 2004
  • 24 September 2004

Phone Meeting and Face-to-face Primary Sponsors

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Eligible Persons Committed to the Stated Meeting Schedule

Name of the OASIS FWSI TC Convener

Dr. LEE Eng Wah, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (

Names of the proposed OASIS FWSI TC Chairs

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story: "OASIS Announces Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) TC." See also the announcement: "OASIS Members Collaborate on Global Framework to Enhance Web Services Deployment."

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