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OASIS Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures for XML

The OASIS Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures for XML

OASIS Annual General Meeting and Technical Committee Meetings to Follow

April 26 - 29, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Second Call for Presentations

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation, panel discussion or tutorial for the OASIS Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures for XML (including, but not limited to, web services architectures). The goals of the symposium are to:

  • Provide a forum for OASIS Technical Committee members to exchange ideas and present results of ongoing work, works-in-progress, etc.
  • Identify areas where coordination between standards efforts is needed to promote interoperability
  • Identify unaddressed topics where standards development is needed
  • Enable outside experts to present issues / opportunities to OASIS members

The symposium will be followed immediately with two days (April 28 - 29, 2004) reserved for OASIS Technical Committees, Joint Committees and Member Sections to use for face-to-face working sessions. Conference rooms will be available to TC's to use for their meetings based on the number of rooms booked at the designated hotel; space is limited. The OASIS Annual General Meeting will also be held in conjunction with the symposium.

Event Information

The OASIS Symposium will be held on Monday, April 26th and Tuesday, April 27th at the Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The symposium registration fee for OASIS members is 265 USD. The OASIS Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday evening. All OASIS members are invited to attend.

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Many different (and partially interchangeable) technologies are proposed or available to increase the reliability of XML-based messaging and networking infrastructure. These include technologies applied:

  • At the transport layer (e.g., reliable messaging specifications)
  • At the application layer (e.g., transaction protocols)
  • At intermediate levels (e.g., routing, point-to-point compared to end-to-end)
  • By using Message-Oriented Middleware as a carrier for XML messages

We define "reliable" to mean that implementing one or more of these technologies in an infrastructure removes some of the burden of ensuring application integrity from software programmers and architects.

The OASIS Symposium is focused on exploring the current state of these technologies and exploring areas where open standards are needed.


The symposium program committee invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation, panel discussion or tutorial that addresses technologies and standards for reliable XML infrastructures.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long including question and answer. Sessions will consist of related presentations, ending with a question-and-answer session directed to the presenters.

Panel sessions should be 60 minutes long. Proposals for panels should include the topic, 3-to-4 potential panelists (name and/or role) and proposed format (e.g., Q&A, short presentations).

Tutorials should be 1/2 day sessions. Tutorial proposals should state intended audience and learning objectives.

Proposals should address topics in reliability as applied to XML-based communications at the technology and implementation levels, ideally driven by usage scenarios. Special consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • Compare and contrast multiple related technologies (clear comparisons of published and forthcoming XML transaction protocols) with a view toward guidance for application architects
  • Support and consider decisions about choice of appropriate technologies (e.g., use of reliable messaging and simpler protocols rather than transactional termination protocols)
  • Place OASIS technologies in a broader context of competing or complementary specifications (e.g., relating OASIS work to the variety of published reliable messaging specifications)
  • Consider alternative approaches to transaction management (e.g., local rollback versus compensation-based protocols)
  • Compare reliability techniques for environmental models containing benign threats versus malign threats
  • Consider techniques for ensuring accountability of origin and receipt
  • Discuss the impact of digital signatures and encryption on reliability techniques

OASIS will publish proceedings of the symposium. Authors should arrange for any necessary releases for publication prior to submission of their proposal.

To submit a proposal, please send the following information by email to

  • The full contact details (name, affiliation, email, phone, postal address) of one presenter who will act as the primary contact for the proposal or panel discussion
  • The full list of authors
  • A 1-page abstract outlining the subject and key points of your proposal, panel discussion or tutorial

All submissions will be acknowledged.

Important dates

Symposium                   26th and 27th April 2004
Location                    New Orleans
Proposals Due               9 February 2004
Notification to submitters  15 March 2004
Materials Due               12 April 2004

Program Committee

The Program Committee is the OASIS Technical Advisory Board (TAB)

  • Karl Best, OASIS
  • Derek Coleman, HP
  • William Cox, BEA
  • Chet Ensign, LexisNexis
  • Chris Ferris, IBM
  • Eduardo Gutentag, Sun
  • Jackson He, Intel
  • Tim Moses, Entrust
  • Krishna Sankar, Cisco
  • Pete Wenzel, SeeBeyond


For further information, send email to

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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