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XCBF CS Version 1.1 Voted as OASIS Open Standard

XCBF Specification Submitted for Consideration as an OASIS Standard

Date:      Mon, 28 Jul 2003 15:06:33 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   XCBF spec for consideration as an OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS XML Common Biometric Format Technical Committee (XCBF TC) has submitted the XCBF XML Common Biometric Format Committee Specification v1.1, which is an approved Committee Specification, for review and consideration for approval by OASIS members to become an OASIS Standard. The TC's submission is attached below.

In accordance with Section 2 of the OASIS Technical Process, the specification has already gone through a 30 day public review period. OASIS members now have 15 days to familiarize themselves with the submission. On the 16th of August I will send out a Call For Vote to the voting representative of each OASIS member organization, who will have until the end of the month to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved as an OASIS Standard. OASIS members should give their input on this question to the voting reps of their respective organizations.

Members should note that IPR claims related to this specification have been made; please see

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS Standards is found at:


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648

[See the posting from TC Chair Tyky Aichelen.]

1. A formal specification that is a valid member of its type, together with appropriate documentation for the specification, both of which must be written using approved OASIS templates;

The XCBF v1.1 committee specification may be found at:

2. A clear English-language summary of the specification:

"Biometrics are automated methods of recognizing a person based on physiological or behavioral characteristics. They are used to recognize the identity of an individual, or to verify a claimed identity. This specification defines a common set of secure XML encodings for the patron formats specified in CBEFF, the Common Biometric Exchange File Format (NISTIR 6529). These XML encodings are based on the ASN.1 schema defined in ANSI X9.84 Biometric Information Management and Security. For security purposes, they make use of the Canonical XML Encoding Rules (CXER) for ASN.1 defined in ITU-T Rec. X.693, and rely on the security and processing requirements specified in the X9.96 XML Cryptographic Message Syntax (XCMS) and X9.73 Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) standards."

3. Certification by at least three OASIS member organizations that they are successfully using the specification consistently with the OASIS IPR Policy:

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4. An account of or pointer to the comments/issues raised during the public review period, along with their resolution:

5. An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification, together with the originating TC's response to each comment:

This specification has not been previously submitted to OASIS for advancement.

6. A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the originating TC:

7. A statement from the chair of the TC certifying that all members of the TC have been provided with a copy of the OASIS IPR Policy.

"I, Tyky Aichelen, chair of XCBF TC , certify that I have provided all members of the TC with a copy of the OASIS IPR Policy."

The ballots to approve the specification as a Committee Specification and to submit it to OASIS for consideration as an OASIS Standard are found at:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in the news story "OASIS XML Common Biometric Format Specification (XCBF) Submitted for Approval."

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