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edXML discussion list

Update: The OASIS Education XML Technical Committee was formed in 2003-02. See the announcement "Education XML Technical Committee Formed at OASIS."

Date:      Mon, 17 Jun 2002 10:58:43 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS announcement of edXML discussion list

Upon the request by eligible participants I have created an OASIS Discussion List whose purpose is to discuss the creation of an OASIS Technical Committee. Discussion on the list will begin in seven days to give everyone a chance to subscribe, and the list and its archive will be deleted after 90 days. The list is:

The proposal for the formation of the list is below.

In order to participate in the discussions on these topics you should subscribe to the discussion list using the subscription form at or by sending a message to:

with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message. OASIS membership is not required in order to subscribe to this list. If you do not wish to subscribe but wish to view the discussion you may view the list archives at

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206

Discussion List: Proposal for edXML Technical Committee

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Policy (revised August 2001) I hereby request authorization to begin a public discussion list for the purpose of forming an OASIS Technical Committee. The following items are submitted in support of this request:

1) The name of the discussion list -- edXML_launch

2) A preliminary statement of scope for the proposed edXML TC is attached

3) The identifying information for the PEOTCPs requesting authorization:

4) The name of the discussion list leader -- TS Vreeland

As you know we are going to be recruiting others to join the discussion list and contribute to the scope definition next week in Texas. Please let me know as soon as the discussion list has been created. I understand that you will share the information I have provided with the OASIS membership with a call for participation in the discussion list.

Thank you for your support in helping us to get this project underway. I look forward to have a full fledged Technical Committee operating during the Summer. Please let me know if you require any additional information.


TS Vreeland
Architect and Chief Technologist

edXML Scope

This community will embark on a number of initiatives to fast-track the documentation of PK12 educational requirements for XML based markup, controlled vocabularies, ontologies, web services and protocols. It will pursue areas not currently being addressed in other standards communities, and will coordinate with IMS and other groups where important foundation specifications, relevant to PK12 are being developed. The edXML community will explore the relationships between other important emerging XML specifications, like ebXML, DSML, SAML, WSRP, WSXL, and PK12 requirements, and create liaisons between them. The following activities proposed as the edXML TC scope:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with other important PK12 initiatives: OpenVES, EdNA, EUN SchoolNet, CanCore, APEC, Prometeus, CETIS, USoeC,, etc.
  • Provide a set of international registries for PK12 subject taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, ontologies, schemas, and best practices
  • Work on specifications for Federated PK12 Content Repositories, Subject and Content gateways, and the protocols to support them
  • Work on strategies for deep classification of curriculum standards, semantic metadata, and extending the metadata model for PK12 education
  • Work on a realization of an XML version of a PK12 directory schema based on DSML and other standards work
  • Publish an XML version of the US Department of Education Data Handbooks
  • Create implementation strategies and best practices for use and extension of OASIS ebXML specifications for purposes of PK12 eduCommerce
  • Create, in coordination with other communities, PK12 specifications for digital rights management, content licensing, and content distribution to support PK12 digital content
  • Recommend strategies for exchange protocols for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Content objects based on SOAP protocols and web services (WSDL)
  • Create Implementation strategies for web services deployment of PK12 education applications, tools, resources, services, and content
  • Publish and document XML based pattern languages for Collaborative Patterns, Pedagogical Patterns, Learning Patterns and Assessment Patterns for PK12
  • Coordinate with the Education Markup Language work of the IMS Learning Design Workgroup to assure that it is extended to address and fully support PK12 requirements
  • Assure that embedded educational research and information collection needs are addressed in the design and specification of PK12 markup specifications, ontologies, and vocabularies
  • Provide implementation strategies for the integration of the features of the IEEE 1484.7 Tool Agent Protocol into PK12 education specifications
  • Create accessibility, personalization, and affinity group XML profiles for PK12 education systems
  • Document an implementation of a PPP privacy model for PK12 education
  • Document specifications for a modular, portable, and configurable Acceptable Use Policy markup and service definition for use in PK12 education
  • Extend existing InetPerson, and EduPerson, user profile specifications to create a k12Person specification for use in PK12 education systems
  • Assure that embedded decision support and data collection needs are addressed in the design and specification of PK12 markup specifications, ontologies, and vocabularies

It may be that as the discussion list proceeds that multiple Technical Committees may be required to support the breadth and depth of the PK12 specification and standardization effort.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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