Cover Pages Logo SEARCH
Advanced Search
Site Map
CP RSS Channel
Contact Us
Sponsoring CP
About Our Sponsors

Cover Stories
Articles & Papers
Press Releases

XML Query

XML Applications
General Apps
Government Apps
Academic Apps

Technology and Society
Tech Topics
Related Standards

Unified Modeling Language (UML) Advances to Version 2.0

UML 2.0 Vote Highlights Upcoming OMG Standards Meeting

Orlando, FL, USA, March 24-28, 2003

Needham, MA, USA. February 25, 2003.

Members of the Object Management Group (OMG) will meet in Orlando, FL, USA from March 24 - 28, 2003, at a meeting sponsored by Compuware Corporation. Members will work the organization's technology adoption process, attend tutorials, and view demonstrations of products implementing OMG specifications. Most notably, OMG's Unified Modeling Language (UML) specification, widely used and universally recognized in software modeling around the world, will undergo a major upgrade to Version 2.0.

With member evaluations nearly complete, the Analysis and Design (AD) Platform Task Force (PTF) will vote in Orlando to recommend adoption of all four parts of the new standard: language infrastructure and superstructure, Object Constraint Language, and diagram interchange specification. The AD PTF will also vote to upgrade the MetaObject Facility core, IDL mapping, and XMI mapping to Version 2.0, and will review and comment on draft specifications for a UML Testing Profile and Web Services for the Common Warehouse Metamodel. Standardization work will start on a new UML profile for systems engineering.

New Infrastructure Specifications

OMG's Middleware and Related Services PTF standardizes the infrastructure for distributed computing, frequently working with other task forces including the Telecommunications Domain Task Force (DTF) and the Realtime, Embedded, and Specialized Systems PTF. In Orlando, these task forces will vote to recommend a number of new standards. Two involve Web Services: One defines a mapping from Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) and SOAP to CORBA(R), complementing the reverse mapping from CORBA to WSDL/SOAP; the other standardizes a Web Services representation for Enterprise Collaboration.

Additional new standards up for vote will define a mapping between CORBA and the telecommunications Stream Control Transmission Protocol, interworking between CORBA Notification and the Java Messaging Service (JMS), deployment and configuration of CORBA components, data distribution in realtime systems, and an extensible network transport framework for CORBA systems. The task forces will also kick off work on two new standards extending the CORBA Component Model: a stream data transport, and quality of service extensions.

New Domain Specifications

OMG's Domain Task Forces adopt specifications for enterprise architecture and in vertical markets. In Orlando, the Business Enterprise Integration DTF will evaluate draft specifications standardizing interfaces to such business processes as workflow, electronic commerce, and web services. Expressed as a platform-independent model, this standardizes the representation of these key processes in OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA). This task force will also start work on standardized UML support for business rules.

The Life Science Research DTF will evaluate draft specifications for a Biochemical Pathways facility and standard Life Sciences Identifiers, and will kick off new efforts to standardize Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, an XML Schema for Gene Expression, and a model for Compound Collections. Finally, the Consultation, Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C4I) DTF will evaluate proposed standard interfaces to Sonar data.

This meeting description is based on preliminary information. OMG Task Forces will finalize their agendas for the meeting during the week of March 10th and post them at

Tutorials and Product Demonstrations

OMG staff and members will present three tutorials during the meeting week. Staff tutorials will survey OMG's specification suite, and cover recent additions to the CORBA specification suite. A tutorial by a member expert on Modeling Enterprise Collaboration rounds out this part of the program. For details, see

A technology demonstration area will feature demonstrations of OMG-compliant technology from many vendors.

Links to Meeting Information

OMG's home page is The meeting schedule, and links to agendas and registration for members appear at, and for guests at Information about the MDA is collected at All OMG specifications may be downloaded free of charge from

More information about sponsor Compuware Corporation can be found at

About The OMG

With well-established standards covering software from design and development, through deployment and maintenance, and extending to evolution to future platforms, the Object Management Group (OMG) supports a full-lifecycle approach to enterprise integration which maximizes ROI, the key to successful IT. Based on the Model Driven Architecture (MDA), OMG's standards cover multiple operating systems, programming languages, middleware and networking infrastructures, and software development environments. OMG's Modeling standards, the basis for the MDA, include the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM). CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is OMG's standard open platform with hundreds of millions of deployments running today. OMG's well-established CORBAservices and industry-specific standards are being re-issued under the MDA in many popular middleware environments. OMG domain (industry-specific) standards cover vertical markets including healthcare, telecommunications, biotechnology, transportation and a dozen other areas. The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, and international marketing offices in Japan, the UK, and Germany.

The Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry specifications consortium. OMG member companies write, adopt, and maintain the organization's standards following a mature, open process. All current OMG specifications may be downloaded without charge from the organization's website,; the site also provides additional information about OMG and its activities. For information on joining the OMG, or questions not addressed on the website, please contact OMG headquarters by email at, by phone at +1-781-444 0404, or by fax at +1-781-444 0320.


Object Management Group
Nancy Lenehan
Tel: 781/444-0404 ext. 142

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. Related references: (1) "Mapping Between UML and XSD"; (2) "Conceptual Modeling and Markup Languages."

Globe Image

Document URL: