Cover Pages Newsletter December 31, 2002

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        December 31, 2002

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Connexions Markup Language (CNXML) Used for Modular Instructional
An interdisciplinary project at Rice University is developing the
Connexions Markup Language (CNXML) as part of the Connexions Project.
CNXML is a lightweight XML markup language designed primarily for
marking up modular educational content. The language is concerned with
the structure and semantic content of the information and encourages
separation of content and presentation. Connexions is an open-source
educational technology project.

GEDCOM XML Specification Supports XML Encoding of Genealogical Data.
A beta version of the "GEDCOM XML Specification Release 6.0" has been
published, including a chapter dedicated to the GEDCOM XML Document
Type Definition. GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication) is widely
considered the de facto standard for structured genealogical
information, being designed to provide a flexible, uniform format for
exchanging computerized genealogical data. GEDCOM XML uses only
unidirectional (ID - IDREF) links.

NYSE Market Data Group and FISD Release VRXML Schema for Billing and
The Vendor Reporting Extensible Markup Language (VRXML) specification
version 1.0 has been published on the VRXML website. This release
includes an XML Schema, sample document, and UML diagrams for the VRML
conceptual model. VRXML 'XML for Market Data Billing' is an XML-based
interchange format and common data dictionary on the fields needed for
market data billing, reporting and inventory management. Testing of
the specification is underway.

Selected Articles and Papers
Selections of abstracted and annotated articles/clippings at:

"XBRL International in 2002 and Beyond." By Walter Hamscher (for the
XBRL International Steering Committee). Technology Report. 7 pages.
Cross-posted 2002-12-31.
"Introduction to SALT. Unleashing the Potential" By Hitesh Seth
(ikigo, Inc). In XML Journal Volume 3, Issue 12 (December 2002).
"Digital Signatures and Encryption." By Ari Kermaier and Joe Morgan
(Phaos Technology Corp). In XML Journal Volume 3, Issue 12 (December
"EPA Simplifies Multistate Data Exchange with XML. A Pilot Project" By
Casey Hibbard. In XML Journal Volume 3, Issue 12 (December 2002).
"XML Authoring and Editing Tools. Characteristics and Limitations." By
Neil Bradley (Rubus). In XML Journal Volume 3, Issue 12 (December
"Avoiding EDI's Mistakes With Web Services Semantic Interoperability."
By David Burdett (Director, Product Management, Web Services, Commerce
One). In EAI Journal Volume 4, Number 12 (December 2002), pages 8-11.
"Pattern Based Analysis of BPEL4WS." By Petia Wohed (Department of
Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University/The Royal
Institute of Technology, Sweden), Wil M.P. van der Aalst (Department
of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, The
Netherlands), Marlon Dumas (Centre for Information Technology
Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia), and
Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede (QUT). Technical Report FIT-TR-2002-04, QUT.
20 pages (with 17 references).
"Pattern Based Analysis of BPML (and WSCI)." By Wil M.P. van der
Aalst, Marlon Dumas, Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede, and Petia Wohed. QUT
Technical Report, FIT-TR-2002-05. Queensland University of Technology,
Brisbane, 2002. 27 pages (with 24 references).
"Indexing Open Schemas." By Neal Sample (Department of Computer
Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA) and Moshe Shadmon
(RightOrder Incorporated). Paper presented at Net.Object Days 2002
(NODe 2002), October 7-10, 2002, Messekongresszentrum, Erfurt,
Germany. 20 pages (with 14 references).
"Consistency Checking of Financial Derivatives Transactions." By
Daniel Dui (University College London, Department of Computer
Science), Wolfgang Emmerich (Zuhlke Engineering Ltd), Christian
Nentwich (University College London, Department of Computer Science),
and Bryan Thal (UBS Warburg). Paper presented at Net.Object Days 2002
(NODe 2002), October 7-10, 2002, Messekongresszentrum, Erfurt,
Germany. 18 pages (with 23 references).
"A Dependency Markup Language for Web Services." By Robert Tolksdorf
(Freie Universitaet Berlin, AG Netzbasierte Informationssysteme)
[WWW]. Paper presented at Net.Object Days 2002 (NODe 2002), October
7-10, 2002, Messekongresszentrum, Erfurt, Germany. 11 pages.
"E-Business Process Modeling: The Next Big Step." By Selim Aissi,
Pallavi Malu, and Krishnamurthy Srinivasan (Intel Labs). IEEE Computer
Volume 35, Number 5 (May 2002), pages 55-62.
"A Formal Service Specification for the Internet Open Trading
Protocol." By Chun Ouyang, Lars Michael Kristensen, and Jonathan
Billington (Computer Systems Engineering Centre, School of Electrical
and Information Engineering, University of South Australia Mawson
Lakes Campus, SA 5095, Australia). Paper presented at the 23rd
International Conference on the Applications and Theory of Petri Nets
(ICATPN 2002), Adelaide, Australia, June 24-30, 2002.
"XML for 2003." By Simon St. Laurent. Published on The O'Reilly
Network (December 28, 2002).
"Introducing XPath 2.0." By Aaron Skonnard [WWW]. In MSDN Magazine
(January 2003). The XML Files.
"XML Based Schema Definition for Support of Inter-organizational
Workflow." By W.M.P. van der Aalst (College of Business and
Administration, University of Colorado; Faculty of Technology and
Management, Eindhoven University of Technology) and Akhil Kumar
(Database Systems Research Department, Bell Laboratories). October 18,
2002. 39 pages.
"XRL/Flower: Supporting Inter-Organizational Workflows Using
XML/Petri-net Technology." By H.M.W. Verbeek, A. Hirnschall, and
W.M.P. van der Aalst (Faculty of Technology Management, Eindhoven
University of Technology, The Netherlands). Paper presented at
Workshop on "Web Services, e-Business, and the Semantic Web (WES):
Foundations, Models, Architecture, Engineering and Applications", held
in conjunction with CAiSE 2002 [The Fourteenth International
Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering , May 27-28,
2002, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]. 16 pages.
"What MDDL Can Do For You." By James Hartley (Chief Technologist,
FISD). In Inside Market Data (December 02, 2002).
"Safeguard Your XML-Based Messages: Create Secure Web Services With
Apache XML Security." By Tarak Modi. In Java World (December 20,
"A Registry of Assignments Using Ubiquitous Technologies and Careful
Policies." By Daniel W. Connolly (World Wide Web Consortium) and Mark
Baker. IETF Network Working Group, Internet-Draft. December 20, 2002,
expires June 20, 2003. Reference: 'draft-connolly-w3c-accessible-
"Global XML Standards for Tax Matters Will Benefit Developers." By
Charles Abrams and Andrea Di Maio (Gartner Research). Gartner
FirstTake Report. Reference: FT-18-9905. 13-December-2002.
"An Introduction to VRXML." December 17, 2002. By Bryan Palmer (Gemini
Systems, Inc). 21 slides.
"What is RSS?" By Mark Pilgrim. From December 18, 2002.
"Reports From XML 2002." By Eric van der Vlist. From December
18, 2002.
"From XML-RPC to SOAP: A Migration Guide." By Rich Salz. From
December 18, 2002.
"Generating XML and HTML Using XQuery." By Per Bothner. From
December 18, 2002.
"A Data Model for Strongly Typed XML." By Dare Obasanjo. From
December 18, 2002.
"RELAX NG J2ME Processor."

Selected from the Press
Selected references for abstracted and annotated industry news at:

"Dow Jones Newswires Launches Test Feed for Dow Jones NewsPlus.
Thomson ONE Will Be the First Platform to Integrate Dow Jones' New XML
"OpenTravel Alliance Announces Publication of OTA Specification
Version 2002B."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

The Eight International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative
Work in Design (CSCWD).  October 22 - 24, 2003, Xiamen University,
Xiamen, P.R. China
Net.ObjectDays 2003 (NODe 2003). September 22 - 25, 2003.
Messekongresszentrum (Fair and Conference Center), Erfurt, Thuringia,
24th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets.
June 23 - 27, 2003. Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
UN/CEFACT Forum 2003.  March 10 - 14, 2003. Hilton San Diego Mission
Valley, San Diego, CA, USA.
OOP 2003.  International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming
2003.  "Benefiting from the Investment in Object Technology."  January
20 - 24, 2003. ICM International Congress Center Munich, Munich,

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