Web Services Remote Portal TC
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 10:57:02 -0500 From: "Karl F. Best" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [OASIS members] OASIS TC Call For Participation: Web Services Remote Portal
A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Web Services Remote Portal Technical Committee (WSRP TC) has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Brian Pearson, Bowstreet; Ed Anuff, Epicentric; Thomas Schaeck, IBM; Sasha Aickin, Plumtree; David Sean Taylor, IONA; Una Kearns, Documentum; Jon Klein, Lexis-Nexis; Jeff Broberg, Silverstream; Nigel Ratcliffe, Factiva; Michael Freedman, Oracle; Michael Hyman, Netegrity; and Mark Cassidy, Netegrity.
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</karl> Karl F. Best OASIS - Director, Technical Operations 978.667.5115 x206 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.oasis-open.org
PROPOSAL: OASIS Web Services Remote Portal (WSRP) Technical Committee
The name of this Technical Committee shall be the Web Services Remote Portal (WSRP) TC.
The aims of the WSRP TC shall be as follows:
1. Create an XML and web services standard that will allow for the 'plug-n-play' of: portals, other intermediary web applications that aggregate content, and applications from disparate sources. These so-called Remote Portlet Web services will be designed to enable businesses to provide content or applications in a form that does not require any manual content or application-specific adaptation by consuming applications.
2. Work closely with the OASIS WSIA technical committee (previously named the WSCM TC) to ensure reuse and compatibility where possible.
3. To harmonize WSRP as far as practical with existing web application programming models (e.g., Portals/Portlets, Macromedia Flash, ...), with the work of the W3C (e.g., XForms, DOM, XML Events, XPath, XLink, XML Component API task force), emerging web services standards (e.g., SOAP, WSDL, WSFL) and with the work of other appropriate business information bodies.
4. Ultimately, to promote WSRP to the status of an international standard for the conduct of XML and Web Services based web application development, deployment and management.
The primary deliverable of the WSRP TC is specification that consists of a coordinated set of Web Services interfaces and technical contracts that will allow businesses to:
- Implement Remote Portlet Web Services according to the spec to that they are interoperable with compliant consuming applications, e.g., portals.
- Publish Remote Portlet Web Services into UDDI directories with meta-information that indicates their capabilities
- Implement consuming applications according to the spec so that they are interoperable with compliant Remote Portlet Web Services.
- Find Remote Portlet Web Services in UDDI directories and exploit the associated meta-information to determine their capabilities.
As examples, the following things shall be possible:
- Portals shall be able to consume Remote Portlet Web Services, using generic Portlet Proxies to allow to dynamically plug in any Remote Portlet Web Service.
- Portals shall be able to publish any local portlet as a Remote Portlet Web Service
- Remote Portlet Web Services can be implemented on any Web services-capable platform, e.g., J2EE or .NET.
As currently envisioned, the WSRP work will take place in four phases:
1. A first phase to gather requirements across portal vendors, service providers, system integrators, and portal deployers.
2. Produce an initial set of working drafts for the Remote Portlet Web Services specification for review by the OASIS members and the public.
3. Finalize the first version of the specification.
4. Define a set of design patterns to guide WSRP developers in creating re-useable application components. In addition the TC will encourage implementations, test suites and interoperability guidelines.
If the work actually does take place in this form, then it is estimated that the first, second, and third will take roughly one year to complete and that the fourth phase will take roughly one year.
If phases can be combined or run in parallel, then it is estimated that delivery of an initial set of specifications will take one to two years.
The TC shall conduct its proceedings in English.
The first meeting of the TC shall take place 18 March 2002 through 20 March 2002 at facilities in Westchester County, New York, donated by IBM, or at an alternative location in the New York City area chosen to accommodate the number of participants who register to attend. The date and time of record for establishing initial voting membership under the OASIS TC process shall be 18 March 2002 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
The TC shall meet in person no more often than four times a year and by telephone at such other times as its members may determine.
It is the intention of the sponsors of the TC to adopt a meeting schedule that will maximize contact between the persons engaged in the WSRP work, business experts engaged in the work of W3C, and persons engaged in the work of other organizations attempting to define XML and Web Services based web application standards
Prospective participants in the WSRP TC should be ready to commit to a schedule calling for as many as two meetings annually in North America and as many as two meetings annually in Europe or Asia.
The following persons eligible to participate in OASIS technical committees state that they are committed to the meeting schedule and purpose stated above:
Brian Pearson, Bowstreet <email@example.com> Ed Anuff, Epicentric <firstname.lastname@example.org> Thomas Schaeck, IBM <email@example.com> Sasha Aickin, Plumtree <AlexanderA@plumtree.com> David Sean Taylor, IONA <firstname.lastname@example.org> Una Kearns, Documentum <email@example.com> Jon Klein, Lexis-Nexis <firstname.lastname@example.org> Jeff Broberg, Silverstream <email@example.com> Nigel Ratcliffe, Factiva <firstname.lastname@example.org> Michael Freedman, Oracle <email@example.com> Michael Hyman, Netegrity <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mark Cassidy, Netegrity <mcassidy@Netegrity.com>
The TC shall be chaired by Thomas Schaeck.
The default sponsors of telephone meetings during the first year of operation of the TC and face-to-face meetings held at certain North American cities during the first year of operation of the TC shall be IBM. Other meeting sponsors, if any, shall be disclosed on the publicly visible TC mailing list.