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Last modified: March 18, 2009
XML Daily Newslink. Wednesday, 18 March 2009

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OASIS Standard: Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA)
Staff, OASIS Announcement

OASIS announced that its members have approved the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Version 1.0 specification as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. UIMA standardizes semantic search and content analytics, providing a common method for meaningfully accessing data contained in text such as e-mails, blog entries, news feeds, and notes, as well as in audio recordings, images, and video. Unstructured information represents the largest, most current, and fastest growing source of knowledge available to businesses and governments. It includes documents found on the web, plus an estimated 80% of the information generated by enterprises around the world. In accordance with eligibility requirements for all OASIS Standards, successful use of UIMA was verified by IBM, Amsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, Thomson Reuters, and the University of Tokyo. David Ferrucci of IBM, chair of the OASIS UIMA Technical Committee: "The approval of UIMA as an OASIS Standard represents a significant milestone in the areas of semantic analysis and search. UIMA enables interoperability among a variety of application-specific analysis engines allowing the capture of a broad range of knowledge from unstructured sources. The results can then be used by search engines, databases or knowledge bases, ultimately delivering more value from all types of unstructured information by discovering relationships, identifying patterns and predicting outcomes."

See also: the UIMA specification text

Apache CXF Version 2.2: An Open Source Service Framework
Tetsuya Kitahata, Apache Foundation Announcement

Members of the Apache CXF Team have announced the release of CXF 2.2. Apache CXF is an open source services framework. CXF helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS. These services can speak a variety of protocols such as SOAP, XML/HTTP, RESTful HTTP, or CORBA and work over a variety of transports such as HTTP, JMS or JBI. CXF includes a broad feature set, but it is primarily focused on the following areas: (1) Web Services Standards Support: CXF supports a variety of web service standards including SOAP, the WSI Basic Profile, WSDL, WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging, and WS-Security. (2) REST based service creation based on JAX-RS standard API's. (3) Frontends: CXF supports a variety of "frontend" programming models. CXF provides a JAX-WS 2.1 Compliant frontend. It also includes a "simple frontend"which allows creation of clients and endpoints without annotations. CXF supports both contract first development with WSDL and code first development starting from Java. (4) Ease of use: CXF is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. There are simple APIs to quickly build code-first services, Maven plug-ins to make tooling integration easy, JAX-WS API support, Spring 2.0 XML support to make configuration a snap, and much more... New in CXF 2.2: WS-SecurityPolicy support, WS-SecureConversation support, Some WS-Trust support (client side), JAX-RS 1.0 support (however, not TCK compliant yet), bug fixes.

See also: the Apache CXF web site

Content as a Service: CMIS Technical Work
Andrew Webb, Optaros Blog

A [promising solution for search across content, reuse of content across different assets, management of content in a consistent manner and enabling it to be accessed and displayed through different channels and technologies...] lies in an emerging open standard for content access driven by OASIS. It is the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard. It effectively does for content what SQL did for data by providing a standard interface... In addition to having the content repositories supporting the CMIS standard it is going to be equally important to have front end client support to facilitate easy access and rendering of content from backend CMIS compliant repositories. Encouragingly there is already some activity in this area with several client connectors being developed. Many of these are listed on the Alfresco wiki and include Drupal, Joomla and Flex/Air clients. These are not Alfresco specific but as Alfresco has progressed faster than others in supporting CMIS for their repository the CMIS clients developed have been tested against it. So CMIS is an enabling standard to support the concept of content as a service. As it matures and becomes widespread it will increase in adoption and help enable solutions that leverage content as a service. These solutions could provide dashboards and management tools to help manage content across many repositories as well as tools to help monetize the access to the content. One good example of the potential for content as a service is that of the Guardian who have opened up access to their content (including monetizing it) with their open platform..."

See also: the CMIS TC web site

Dynamic Feature Extensions to the Presence Information Data Format Location Object (PIDF-LO)
H. Schulzrinne, H. Tschofenig, M. Thomson, S. Vishal (eds); IETF Internet Draft

Members of the IETF Geographic Location/Privacy (GEOPRIV) Working Group have published a revised Internet Draft for "Dynamic Feature Extensions to the Presence Information Data Format Location Object (PIDF-LO)." The Geopriv Location Object introduced by the Presence Information Data Format—Location Object (PIDF-LO), RFC 4119, defines a basic XML format for carrying geographical information of a presentity. The PIDF-LO specification made a subset of the functionality offered by the Geography Markup Language (GML) standard 3.0 mandatory to implement. This document defines child elements to the 'location-info' element specified in RFC 4119 to carry temporal feature elements useful for tracking moving objects. Elements are defined that enable expression of speed, heading, acceleration and facing of the presentity... Dynamic Elements: This document defines a new element, 'Dynamic', for the conveyance of dynamic information. Dynamic information may be included without any other location information being present. When dynamic information is associated with information about the instantaneous position of the presentity, the 'Dynamic' element must be included in the same 'location-info' element as the corresponding geodetic (or civic) location information. Dynamic information can be ignored if a recipient does not support this specification. The 'Dynamic' element must include an "srsName" attribute that it set to "urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4979"...

See also: the IETF Geographic Location/Privacy WG status pages

Web Addresses in HTML 5
Dan Connolly and C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (eds), W3C Editors' Draft

This specification defines the handling of Web addresses for Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 5, the fifth major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web. In this version, special attention has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability. The specification defines the term Web address, and defines various algorithms for dealing with Web addresses, because for historical reasons the rules defined by the URI and IRI specifications are not a complete description of what HTML user agents need to implement to be compatible with Web content.

Identity and Access Management to See Boost by 2012
Vance McCarthy, Integration Developer News

"Identity and Access Management (IAM) is becoming a more viable solution for businesses, looking for efficient ways of identity management, according to a research report by RNCOS. IAM deployments have largely been driven by businesses' trying to comply with the growing number of international regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Payment Card Industry's customer identity protection requirements, according to the RNCOS' "Identity and Access Management Market Forecast to 2012." According to the report, the IAM market will grow at a CAGR of nearly 23% from 2009-2012 because more companies are investing in IAM solutions including improved security, productivity and reduced administration cost. Although the Americas dominate the worldwide IAM market; the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions are expected to show huge growth, accounting for nearly 62% of the market by 2012. The report offers extensive research and in-depth analysis of the global IAM market and provides insight into the current market trends dominating the market, according to RNCOS. It also forecasts various IAM technologies that are gaining recognition for the value they deliver to organizations, helping them to accommodate rapidly changing business demands, according to RNCOS. The research study also offers insight into the IAM market for different operating environments such as Windows 32 and 64, UNIX and Linux. RNCOS said it authored the report to help clients analyze the opportunities, challenges and drivers critical to the growth of the identity management service industry..."

See also: the press release


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