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Call for Participation: OASIS SOA-RM TC

CFP: OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model (SOA-RM) TC

Date:      Fri, 04 Feb 2005 18:18:38 -0800
From:      James Bryce Clark <>
Date:      Fri, 04 Feb 2005 18:18:38 -0800
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation: OASIS SOA-RM TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model (SOA-RM) TC has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below.

The proposal (below) meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [1]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. 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 eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting are that you must (a) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS; (b) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and (c) attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below. OASIS members may register and add themeslves to the roster (as a prospective member or observer) using the OASIS web-based interface, using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [2]. Doing so will inform the TC chair, fulfilling requirement (b) above, and subscribe you to the TC's e-mail list, where further organizational details will be posted. OASIS members also may join the TC after the first meeting.

Standards always are made better by broad participation. Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining [3] and review the web-based membership information at [4]. Our rules and structure are designed to promote inclusiveness, so we look forward to assisting parties interested in joining the community of implementers, technologists, academic and end-users working on OASIS standards. Non-members also may take advantage of the public resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, all available on the TC's home page at [2]. Archives of the TC's mail list and public comment lists, as with all OASIS TCs, will be visible at [5].

Further information related to the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover Pages under the title "Service Oriented Architectures" at

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other applicable lists. OASIS is an open standards organization and we encourage your feedback. JBC

James Bryce Clark
Director, Standards Development, OASIS


SOA-RM TC Charter

Name of the TC

OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model Technical Committee
(abbreviated as OASIS SOA-RM TC).

Statement of Purpose

Problem to be solved: "Service Oriented Architecture" (SOA) as a term is being used in an increasing number of contexts and specific technology implementations, sometimes with differing — or worse, conflicting — understandings of implicit terminology and components. The proposal to establish a Reference Model is intended to encourage the continued growth of specific and different SOA implementations whilst preserving a common layer that can be shared and understood between those or future implementations.

Purpose: The SOA-RM TC will deliver a Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model (SOA-RM). Once the SOA-RM has been delivered, the TC may consider appropriate follow-up, including the creation of sub-committees, promotional material, liaisons or other promulgation of the TC's work, in order to promote the use of the SOA Reference Model in specific SOA implementations, in particular for vertical industries.

Definitions used in this section:

Reference Model: A reference model is an abstract framework for understanding significant relationships among the entities of some environment, and for the development of consistent standards or specifications supporting that environment. A reference model is based on a small number of unifying concepts and may be used as a basis for education and explaining standards to a non-specialist. [1] A reference model is not directly tied to any standards, technologies or other concrete implementation details, but it does seek to provide a common semantics that can be used unambiguously across and between different implementations.

Architecture: Software architecture for a system is the structure or structures of the system, which consist of elements and their externally visible properties, and the relationships among them. [2]

[2] "Documenting Software Architectures", Addison Wesley, Clements et al., pp. xxv, ISBN 0201703726

Scope of the TC's Work

The SOA-RM TC will:

  • deliver a Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model (SOA-RM) and, if it elects, ancillary materials as described under "purpose" above
  • allow the commission of sub-committees to create specialized SOA models for vertical industries or technology families
  • propose usage and implementation guidelines for creating specializations of the reference model, whether as a formal methodology or as best practice guidelines

In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve any technical specification if it believes that the use, distribution, or implementation of such specification would necessarily require the unauthorized infringement of any third party rights known to the Technical Committee, and such third party has not agreed to provide necessary license rights on perpetual, royalty-free, non-discriminatory terms.

SOA-RM TC Deliverables

  1. Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model: completion date in twelve months from formation of this TC
  2. Specializations of the SOA Reference Model, possibly including reference architectures, for vertical industries, technology families or other special interest groups: optional

Anticipated Audience

Anyone involved in the design, documentation or implementation of Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) or components thereof, regardless of the standards body under which the work is sanctioned.


The TC will conduct its business in English. The TC may elect to form subcommittees that produce localized documentation of the TC's work in additional languages.

Additional Information

The following is additional information relevant to the launch of the TC.

Related Work

Since there are no other reference models currently being worked on in OASIS, there are no similar deliverables at the time of this submission. However, a wide variety of specifications, both within and outside of OASIS, may be of relevance as instances of or components of a specific service-oriented function or architecture. The objective of the Reference Model is precisely to provide standardized integration points between these. The work product of over half of the current OASIS TCs (each of which may offer a service, service description, advertising mechanism, service data model or service contract), as well as a large number of standards from other organizations, may serve as relevant data to inform the reference model.

However, the SOA-RM will not seek to choose among specifications nor populate functions. Similarly, some of the existing standards-based efforts that claim to describe an architecture or stack of service-oriented specifications (including the OASIS FWSI and ebSOA TCs, the W3C Web Services Architecture Technical Note, and other work) may serve as instances or examples that are relevant data for the creation of the reference model, but are not comparable, because the reference model will address a higher level of abstraction.

Anticipated Contributions

  1. SOA Reference Model Q & A, written by conveners of this TC [provisional from posting]
  2. Elements of an SOA Reference Model, written by conveners of this TC [provisional from posting]

First TC Meeting

The first meeting of the TC will be held on March 22, 2005, at 8:00 am Pacific (US) time, by conference call sponsored by Adobe Systems, Inc.

Ongoing Meeting Plans

Meeting schedule will be monthly conference calls as well as quarterly face-to-face meetings, pending approval and adoption by the TC. Adobe Systems has agreed to serve as a meeting sponsor.

Proposers of the TC

TC Convener

Duane Nickull,

Proposed TC Chair or Co-Chairs

Duane Nickull,

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the 2005-02-08 news story: "OASIS Creates TC to Define Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Reference Model." Compare: "OASIS Members Form Electronic Business Service Oriented Architecture TC." General references in "Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)."

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