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OASIS TC Call For Participation: Web Services Component Model TC

Date:      Thu, 18 Oct 2001 08:24:57 -0400
From:      "Karl F. Best" <>
Subject:   [tc-announce] OASIS TC Call For Participation: Web Services Component Model TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Web Services Component Model Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Norbert Mikula, DataChannel; Michael Hyman, DataChannel; Don Robertson, Documentum; Ed Anuff, Epicentric; Dean Moses, Epicentric; Royston Sellman, HP; Charles Wiecha, IBM; and Sim Simeonov, Macromedia.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair, Charles Wiecha (, of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) participate in the first meeting on 7 January 2002. You should also subscribe to the TC's discussion list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for participation at the time you time you notify the chair.

The private mail list is for committee discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list web page at, or 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.)

A public comment list will be available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list web page at, or by sending a message to with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message.

The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at

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



The name of this Technical Committee shall be the OASIS Web Services Component Model (WSCM) TC.


The aims of the WSCM TC shall be as follows:

1. Create an XML and web services centric component model for interactive web applications. The designs must achieve two main goals: enable businesses to distribute web applications through multiple revenue channels, and enable new services or applications to be created by leveraging existing applications across the Web.

2. To harmonize WSCM as far as practical with existing web application programming models (e.g. Portals, Macromedia Flash, etc.), 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.

3. Ensure that WSCM applications can be deployed on any tier on the network and remain target device and output markup neutral.

4. Ultimately, to promote WSCM 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 WSCM TC is a coordinated set of XML vocabularies and Web Services interfaces that will allow businesses to:

1) deliver web applications to end users through a diversity of deployment channels: directly to a browser or mobile device, indirectly through a portal, or by embedding into a 3rd party web application; and

2) Create web applications that can be easily be modified, adapted, aggregated, coordinated, synchronized or integrated by simple declarative means to ultimately leverage a worldwide pallet of web application components.

As currently envisioned, the WSCM work will take place in five phases:

1. A first phase to gather requirements across web application deployment, development and management vendors.

2. A second phase to define a set of "base" web services interfaces that can be used to expose web application function and adaptation.

3. A third phase to define a "wiring mechanism" to declaratively specify web application semantics.

4. A fourth phase to define a set of web services interfaces that can be used to partition web applications into model, view and control (MVC).

5. A fifth phase to define a set of design patterns to guide WSCM 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 phases will take roughly one year to complete and that the fourth and fifth 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 7 January 2002 through 9 January 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 7 January 2002 at 2 p.m.

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 WSCM 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 WSCM 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:


The TC shall be chaired by Charles Wiecha.


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 and HP. Other meeting sponsors, if any, shall be disclosed on the publicly visible TC mailing list.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See the news entry.

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