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OASIS Materials Markup Language TC Call for Participation

OASIS TC Call for Participation: Materials ML TC

Date:      Wed, 25 Jun 2003 14:37:56 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation: Materials ML TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Materials Markup Language Technical Committee (MML TC) has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Brett Johanson and James Pillers, Boeing; Carlos Beauchamp and Kent Reed, NIST; Michael Mitchell, NASA; and Craig Seymour, Individual member.

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 sign up for the TC using the new 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 must sign up for membership at least 15 days before the first meeting and must attend the first meeting of the TC in order to become a member.

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 going to the mail list web page at

The archives of the TC's private and public 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 "Materials Markup" at:


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648

Proposal for the Formation of a Materials Markup Language Technical Committee of OASIS

Name and Purpose

The purpose of this proposal is to form a Materials Markup Language Technical committee of OASIS

The purpose of the Materials Markup Language Technical Committee will be to enhance the e-business needs of materials producers, designers, fabricators, quality assurance, and failure analysis specialists by developing an XML-based standard markup language for the exchange of all types of materials technical information, while retaining its high quality and integrity despite its complexity. The technology should be simple, easy to understand, and flexible as well as extensible. This TC will include an evaluation of MatML (, a materials markup language developed at NIST, in its activity. It is the intent of the developers of MatML to contribute this work to the new TC.

In the context of this application, "materials" includes, but is not necessarily limited to, all materials of construction, including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites, and all of the elemental components of these materials. The breadth of technical information includes but is not necessarily limited to: compositions, mechanical properties, physical properties, performance characteristics, and micrographic information, all in tabular, graphical, or photographic formats.


Liaisons will be established with groups maintaining other pre-existing XML-based markup languages for interfacing technologies, such as femML, chemML, and MathML, and also with the ISO/STEP committees handling materials information exchange.


The principal deliverable will be the schema for an XML-based markup language meeting the above requirements, with suitable illustrations of its application, by December 31, 2004.


The TC will conduct its business in English

First Meeting

The first meeting of the TC will be a telcon, hosted by Boeing, on 17 September at 10:00 am ET. Participants will pay their own costs for calling in.


It is anticipated that the TC will meet approximately four times through the remainder of 2003, usually by telecon, and bi-monthly or quarterly through 2004 until the work is completed. Meetings will be hosted by the members of the TC on a rotating basis, and members will cover their own costs of attending.


The names, affiliations, and electronic mail addresses of eligible people in support of this proposal:

TC Chair

The chair of the TC at the start of the activity will be Brett Johanson (Boeing).

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story "OASIS Members Form Materials Markup Language Technical Committee." General references in: (1) "Materials [Property Data] Markup Language (MatML)"; (2) "Materials Markup."

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