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OASIS Proposed Charter for CMIS TC


This "Proposed Charter" document has been superseded by the CMIS TC Charter and Call For Participation. See now complete references in the report Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS).

Proposed Charter for OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) TC

Date:      Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:31:20 -0400
From:      Mary McRae <>
Subject:   Proposed Charter for OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) TC

To OASIS Members:

A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical Committee (below). In accordance with the OASIS TC Process Policy section 2.2: ( the proposed charter is hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall remain open until 11:45 pm ET on 24-September-2008.

OASIS maintains a mailing list for the purpose of submitting comments on proposed charters. Any OASIS member may post to this list by sending email to: All messages will be publicly archived at: Members who wish to receive emails must join the group by selecting "join group" on the group home page: Employees of organizational members do not require primary representative approval to subscribe to the oasis-charter-discuss mailing list.

A telephone conference will be held among the Convenor, the OASIS TC Administrator, and those proposers who wish to attend within four days of the close of the comment period. The announcement and call-in information will be noted on the OASIS Charter Discuss Group Calendar.

We encourage member comment and ask that you note the name of the proposed TC [CMIS] in the subject line of your email message.



Mary P McRae
Director, Technical Committee Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
phone: 1.603.232.9090

Proposed Charter for Review and Comment

CMIS Proposed Charter Contents

1A. Name of the TC

OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical Committee

1B. Statement of Purpose

Historically content management systems were purchased for specific application uses and this led to islands of incompatible systems. The lack of a standard interface to content management systems made it difficult to integrate content from multiple repositories into a single application such as a portal, CRM system, or office desktop. It also made it difficult for ISVs and integrators to build applications that supported multiple content management systems consistently or easily.

The purpose of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) TC will define a domain model including a data model and abstract capabilities for Content Management (CM) and a set of bindings that can be used by applications to work with one or more Content Management Repositories/systems and that can be implemented by content repositories and enable interoperability across repositories for the set of use cases below. These capabilities and interfaces will not match every existing content management system and may require some level of change to existing products, at least in terms of conforming existing interfaces to those defined here. However, it is an explicit goal that CMIS Domain Model and Bindings will NOT require major product changes or significant data model changes in existing major CM repositories.

As such, the CMIS TC should define a domain model and bindings that are designed to be layered on top of existing Content Management systems and their existing programmatic interfaces. This TC should not prescribe how specific features should be implemented within those ECM systems. This TC is intended to define a generic/universal set of capabilities provided by an ECM system and a set of services for working with those capabilities.

1C. Scope of Work

The TC will accept as input Version 0.5 of the CMIS specification as published by EMC, IBM and Microsoft on September 10th, 2008. The specification is located at:

Other contributions and changes to the input documents will be accepted for consideration without any prejudice or restrictions and evaluated based on technical merit in so far as they conform to this charter.

The initial set of deliverables will be targeted for the following use cases:

  • Collaborative Content Applications
  • Portals leveraging Content Management repositories
  • Mashups

The following use cases should be able to be supported by CMIS Domain Model and Bindings, but are not primary drivers:

  • Workflow and BPM-centric applications utilizing Content
  • Archival Applications
  • Compound and Virtual Documents
  • Electronic and Legal Discovery

The following use cases are out of scope for the initial set of deliverables:

  • Records Management and Compliance
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Web Content Management
  • Subscription and Notification Services

Also, this TC will engage in maintenance of the specifications produced by this TC.

The tasks of the TC include:

  • To articulate the principles of the interoperable content management through formal specifications
  • To assess the relationship of CMIS to other related standards and industry efforts; these include JCR (JSR-170, JSR-283), WebDAV, and other relevant standards
  • To define appropriate specifications for interoperable content management:
    • Including schemas, such as XSD
    • Including service definitions, such as WSDL
  • To standardize the common types of entities and capabilities in CM
  • To encourage cooperation within and between the various topical domains and groups


Once the TC has completed work on a deliverable and it has become an OASIS standard, the TC will enter "maintenance mode" for the deliverable.

The purpose of maintenance mode is to provide minor revisions to previously adopted deliverables to clarify ambiguities, inconsistencies and obvious errors. Maintenance mode is not intended to enhance a deliverable or extend its functionality.

The TC will collect issues raised against the deliverables and periodically process those issues. Issues that request or require new or enhanced functionality shall be marked as enhancement requests and set aside. Issues that result in the clarification or correction of the deliverables shall be processed. The TC shall maintain a list of these adopted clarifications and shall periodically create a new minor revision of the deliverables including these updates. Periodically, but at least once a year, the TC shall produce and vote upon a new minor revision of the deliverables.

After the first set of deliverables, the TC will continue to work on the next versions of the specification. The next versions can address new or refine existing use cases by extending the domain model as well as defining new bindings as appropriate to support Interoperable Content Management.

1D. List of Deliverables

The initial set of deliverables and projected duration:

  • CMIS Domain model specification (September 2009)
  • CMIS SOAP-based Web Services binding specification (September 2009)
  • CMIS REST/Atom-based Web Services binding specification (September 2009)

1E. IPR Mode

The IP mode for the TC will be RF on RAND

1F. Audience for the TC

The primary audience for the final output of this TC includes ECM and BCS application architects and ECM repository architects and implementers.

1G. Language

The language in which the TC shall conduct business: English

Section 2: Non-normative Information

2A. Other Work

Identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other OASIS TCs or by other organizations:

  • WebDAV: Not targeting ECM and does not provide a CM domain model
  • JCR: Java based specification and does not specify a protocol

2B First Meeting

Date, time and place of the first TC meeting:

12PM EDT/9AM PDT, 11/10/2008, conference call hosted by EMC

2C. Ongoing Meeting Schedule

The CMIS TC will meet by telephone every other week at Monday 9AM PST. The time, date and recurrence of the periodic phone call will be confirmed at the first TC meeting. The meetings will last no more than two hours. The CMIS TC will hold face-to-face meetings 3 times a year for three days starting: 1/19/2009 (Redmond, Washington, hosted by Ethan Gur-esh, Microsoft)

2D. Proposers

Names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least Minimum Membership:

2E. Convenor

Al Brown, IBM,

2G. Input Specifications

  • CMIS Part I — Domain Model v0.5
  • CMIS Part II — Web Services Binding v0.5
  • CMIS Part II — REST-Atom Binding v0.5
  • CMIS Appendices v0.5

Input Specifications are available at:

2I. Proposed Specification Titles

  • Content Management Interoperability Specification, Domain Model
  • Content Management Interoperability Specification, Web Service Binding
  • Content Management Interoperability Specification, REST/Atom Binding

CFP source:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See the 2008-09-10 news story: "Vendors Publish Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard."

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