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XML-Based Security Services Technical Committee

Date:      Mon, 27 Nov 2000 15:55:11 -0500
From:      Karl Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC call for participation: Security Services

OASIS members:

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The XML-Based Security Services Technical Committee has been proposed by Marc Chanliau, Netegrity; Eve Maler, Sun Microsystems; Dave Hofert, Sun Microsystems; David Orchard, JamCracker; and Prateek Mishra, Netegrity.

The request for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC process, and is attached below. The purpose and goals of the committee are below.

To become a member of this new TC you must notify Marc Chanliau, the committee chair, of your interest at least 15 days prior to the first meeting and then you must participate in the first meeting on January 9, 2000. For the procedure for joining after the first meeting see the TC process at

I have created a mail list, security-services, for the committee discussions. OASIS members who are interested in participating in this committee should subscribe to the security-services list by sending a message to with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does not make you a member of the TC; to become a member you must contact the TC chair as described in the preceeding paragraph.)


Karl F. Best OASIS - Director, Technical Operations 978.667.5115 x206

Name of the TC: XML-Based Security Services

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the XML-Based Security Services TC is to define a framework for sharing security information and security services on the Internet through XML documents.

List of deliverables and projected dates: The XML-Based Security Services TC will produce a Committee Specification including a set of XML Schemas and an XML-based request/response protocol for authentication and authorization services. A draft of the Committee Specification (Version 0.8) will be based on the Security Services Markup Language (S2ML) co-authored by Netegrity, Inc. and its partners. The Committee Specification Version 0.8 will be ready by December 15, 2000. The final Committee Specification (Version 1.0) is scheduled for the second quarter 2001. The XML-Based Security Services TC intends to submit the Committee Specification as an OASIS standard after sufficient implementation experience has been gathered.

Language in which the TC will conduct business: English.

Date, time and place of the first meeting: The XML-Based Security Services TC will meet by telephone every other Tuesday at 3:00pm EST starting January 9, 2000. Meetings will last no more than two hours. The XML-Based Security Services TC will hold face-to-face meetings according to the schedule below.

Proposed meeting schedule for the first year: Face-to-face meetings will take place at the Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center located at 1 Network Drive Burlington, MA 01803, at the following dates:
- February 15, 2001
- April 19, 2001
- May 27, 2001

Names and email addresses of members (minimum three):

Name of chair: Marc Chanliau (

Names of meeting sponsors (for both phone and face-to-face meetings): The telephone bridge for telephone meetings will be sponsored by Netegrity, Inc. The face-to-face meetings will be sponsored by Sun Microsystems's XML Technology Center.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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