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                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                          August 13, 2002
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Featured News Stories

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US OMB Publishes Business Reference Model for Its Federal Enterprise
Architecture (FEA)

The US OMB has published a Business Reference Model as part of the
Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The accompanying XML schema
describes and defines the type of content including the entities,
attributes, elements, and notation of the Federal Enterprise
Architecture. An XML document supplies detailed descriptions for the
federal business areas, lines of business, and sub-functions of the
Federal Enterprise Architecture.

OASIS Technical Committee Proposed for XML e-Government Standards

An initial proposal has been received by OASIS for a Technical
Committee on 'XML-Based Standards for e-Government'. The proposers
include John Borras (UK Office of e-Envoy), Jouko Salonen (Republica,
Finland), and Marion Royal (U.S. GSA). A principal goal of the TC
would be to coordinate and present a single voice for governments in
the adoption and use of XML based standards by citizens and

Pilot Nasdaq-Hosted Web Service Features XBRL Financial Data

Nasdaq, Microsoft and PricewaterhouseCoopers have launched a new pilot
program to provide investors with remote access to financial data from
five years of financial reports for twenty-one (21) Nasdaq-listed
companies. Designed by PwC and stored on Nasdaq hardware, the online
data will showcase XBRL's ability to allow for easy comparisons of the
financials of companies within a particular industry, like

Proposed Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Rights Expression Language
Based Upon ODRL

A draft 'Rights Expression Language Version 1.0' from the Open Mobile
Alliance (OMA) defines the syntax and semantics of XML-encoded DRM
content based on the Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL)
specification. Part of an OMA Download specification suite, the
document describes the rights governing the usage of DRM content built
on a foundation model, agreement model, context model, permission
model, constraint model, and security model.

W3C Acknowledges Receipt of Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI)

W3C has acknowledged receipt of the 'Web Service Choreography
Interface (WSCI) 1.0' specification from several W3C member companies.
Initially released in June 2002 and now published as a W3C 'Note', the
royalty-free WSCI specification provides an XML-based interface
definition language that describes the flow of messages exchanged by a
Web service participating in choreographed interactions with other

IBM alphaWorks Releases BPWS4J Engine and Editor

IBM alphaWorks has announced a BPEL4WS implementation with engine and
editor. BPEL4WS (Business Process Execution Language for Web Services)
is one of three specifications recently released by Microsoft, IBM,
and BEA. The BPWS4J Java Run Time includes an Eclipse editor plugin, a
platform upon which business processes written using BPEL4WS can be
executed, a set of examples, and validation tool for BPEL4WS

Web Services Specifications for Business Transactions and Process

Microsoft, IBM, and BEA have announced the publication of three
specifications which collectively describe how to reliably define,
create, and connect multiple business processes in a Web services
environment. Merging XLANG and WSFL, BPEL4WS (Business Process
Execution Language for Web Services) provides an XML-based flow
language to define how business processes interact. WS-C and WS-T
support multiple cross-platform Web services interactions.

XFrames Application for Composing Documents to Replace HTML Frames

An initial public working draft specification for XFrames has been
released by the W3C HTML Working Group. 'XFrames' is an XML
application which addresses the usability, search, and security
problems associated with HTML frames. The content of a frameset is now
made visible by its URI. A 'frames' element forms the container for
the composed document, and a collection of frames in an XFrames
document constitutes a frameset.

Topic Maps for the Web

Addison-Wesley has released 'XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic
Maps for the Web', described as a complete introduction and
application guide to the world of topic maps. Edited by Jack Park and
Sam Hunting, the book introduces the topic maps paradigm, global
federated knowledge interchange, topic map standards and
specifications, the basics of XTM markup, topic maps and RDF,
ontological engineering, topic map visualization, and more.

Selected Articles and Papers

Selections of abstracted and annotated articles/clippings at:

"Travel Giant Sails Into Web Services Age." By John Fontana.
In Network World (August 12, 2002).

"Nasdaq, PwC, Microsoft Team on XBRL."  By Peter Galli.
In eWEEK (August 06, 2002).,3959,439317,00.asp

Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL). Version: 1.1. Date: 2002-08-08.
70 pages. Edited by Renato Iannella. Version URL:

OMA Rights Expression Language Version 1.0.  From Open Mobile
Alliance. Proposed Version 28-June-2002. Reference:
OMA-Download-DRMREL-v1_0-20020628-p. 29 pages.

"Moving into XML Functionality: The Combined Digital Dictionaries of
Buddhism and East Asian Literary Terms." By Charles Muller (Toyo
Gakuen University, Chiba, Japan) and Michael Beddow (Leeds University,
UK). In Journal of Digital Information: Publishing papers on the
management, presentation and uses of information in digital
environments, Volume 3, Issue 2 (August 2002).

"Many Outputs - Many Inputs: XML for Publishers and E-book Designers."
By Terje Hillesund (Stavanger University Collage, Stavanger, Norway).
In Journal of Digital Information: Publishing papers on the
management, presentation and uses of information in digital
environments, Volume 3, Issue 1 (August 2002).

"Tunnel Setup Protocol (TSP): A Control Protocol to Setup IPv6 or IPv4
Tunnels." By Marc Blanchet (Viagenie). WWW. . IETF Network Working
Group, Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-vg-ngtrans-tsp-01'. July 1,
2002; expires December 30, 2002.

"IBM, Microsoft Ride Herd On B2B Web Services."  By Eric Knorr. In
ZDNet Tech Update (August 13, 2002).,14179,2877184,00.html

"BPEL4WS Analysis."  By Jean-Jacques Dubray (Chief Architect, Eigner
Precision Lifecycle Management). Posted to ''
mailing list with "Subject: BPEL4WS Analysis."  Draft August 13, 2002
or later.

"Tech Giants Drive New Web Services." By Wylie Wong. In ZDNet News
(August 08, 2002).

"Recommendations for XML Schema for Qualified Dublin Core." Proposal
to the Dublin Core Architecture Working Group. From the Ad-hoc
Committee: Timothy Cole (UIUC), Thomas Habing (UIUC), Diane Hillmann
(Cornell), Jane Hunter (DSTC), Pete Johnston (UKOLN), Carl Lagoze
(Cornell), and Andy Powell (UKOLN). 2002-07-14.

"Web Services Introduction." Sample chapter [1] from Web Services
Implementation Guide, Volume 1: Getting Started, by Brian E. Travis
and Mae Ozkan. Volume published June, 2002 by Architag Press (Denver,
CO, USA), ISBN:0-9649602-3-0.

"Tip: Make choices at Runtime with XSLT Parameters. Use Parameters and
Conditionals in Your Style Sheets." By Nicholas Chase (President,
Chase and Chase, Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML Zone. August 2002.

"UML for W3C XML Schema Design." By Will Provost. From
August 07, 2002.

"Finding the First, Last, Biggest, Smallest." By Bob DuCharme.
From August 07, 2002.

"XHTML 2.0: The Latest Trick." By Kendall Grant Clark.
From August 07, 2002.

"XHTML 2.0". W3C Working Draft 5-August-2002. Edited by Shane McCarron
(Applied Testing and Technology), Jonny Axelsson (Opera Software),
Beth Epperson (Netscape/AOL), Ann Navarro (WebGeek, Inc.), and
Steven Pemberton (CWI; HTML Working Group Chair).

"Getting Started With XML Security." By Frederick Hirsch. July 31,
2002. With 32 references.

"Seeking a Common E-Commerce Tongue." By Alorie Gilbert. In
CNET (August 05, 2002).

"Stealth Patents Put Innovation at Risk." By Jim Rapoza.
In eWEEK (August 05, 2002).,3959,437239,00.asp

XPath, XLink, XPointer, and XML: A Practical Guide to Web Hyperlinking
and Transclusion. By Erik Wilde (Computer Engineering and Networks
Laboratory [TIK], Department of Information Technology and Electrical
Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Z|rich) and David
Lowe (Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney,
Australia). Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley Professional, [July 23] 2002.
ISBN: 0-201-70344-0. 304 pages.  Book Announcement.

"Compressed Accessibility Map: Efficient Access Control for XML." By
Ting Yu, Divesh Srivastava, Laks V.S. Lakshmanan, and H. V. Jagadish.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Very Large Databases
(VLDB). August 20-23, 2002 Hong Kong, China. 12 pages.

"Optimizing the Secure Evaluation Of Twig Queries." By SungRan Cho,
Sihem Amer-Yahia, Laks V.S. Lakshmanan, and Divesh Srivastava. In
Proceedings of the International Conference on Very Large Databases
(VLDB). August 20-23, 2002 Hong Kong, China. 12 pages.

"Managing Change." By Adam Bosworth (Vice President, Engineering, BEA
Systems Inc). In XML & Web Services Magazine, Volume 3, Number 5
(August/September 2002).

Selected from the Press

Selected references for abstracted and annotated industry news at:

"Seven Vendors Achieve CPFR Data Interoperability in UCC-sponsored
Test. First Interoperability Test of CPFR Standards to Drive Adoption
in Business Community."

"Seybold San Francisco 2002 Conveys How XML is Driving the Publishing
Industry.  XML is Changing the Way Organizations Publish and Do
Business On the Internet."

"Microsoft, IBM and BEA Deliver Specifications for Business
Transactions and Process Automation Within and Between Companies. WS-
Coordination, WS-Transaction and BPEL4WS Describe How to Reliably
Define, Create and Connect Multiple Business Processes in a Web
Services Environment."

"RosettaNet Merges With the Uniform Code Council. Unified
Organizations Will Promote Global Leadership of B2B Standards."

"IPNet Successfully Completes CPFR Testing. Interoperability Ensures
Visibility Between Trading Partners."


Open Integration. Ninth Annual Conference for Open Standards and
Systems Integration Incorporating XML Asia Pacific.
November 11 - 14, 2002. Star City, Sydney. Australia.

Seybold Seminars San Francisco 2002.  September 9 - 13, 2002.
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.

OASIS/W3C Forum on Security Standards for Web Services. August 26,
2002.  With the XML Web Service One Conference, Boston, MA, USA.

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