Cover Pages Newsletter April 01, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        April 01, 2003

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WS-I Charters Basic Security Profile Working Group (BSPWG).
The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) has announced a
new Basic Security Profile Working Group. BSPWG will develop an
interoperability profile as an extension to the WS-I Basic Profile
1.0; it will address transport security, SOAP messaging security, and
other security considerations implicated by the WS-I Basic Profile.
The WG will develop a set of usage scenarios and their component
message exchange patterns (MEPs).

XACML XML DSig Profile Supports Authentication of XACML Schema
The OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC has
published a draft "XACML XML DSig Profile" specifying the use of the
W3C "XML-Signature Syntax and Processing" Standard in providing
authentication and integrity protection for XACML schema instances --
policies, authorization decision requests, and authorization decision
responses. The XACML specification defines an XML schema for an
extensible access-control policy language. Releases Version 1.1 Beta for Open Source Office
Productivity Suite. version 1.1 Beta has been released, incorporating many
new features and changes introduced with the developer builds over the
past year. It supports new import/export formats such as PDF,
Macromedia Flash, DocBook, several PDA Office file formats, flat XML,
and XHTML. Complex Text Layout (CTL) now supports languages such as
Thai, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew. The product uses open-component based
APIs and an XML-based file format.

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

"The Liberty Alliance." By Paul Madsen. From
(April 01, 2003). An infrastructure defined for federated identity on
the Internet will leverage the XML syntax of the Internet; this paper
discusses the specific applications of XML within the Liberty Alliance
"CTO Forum: BEA Exec Hails Service-Oriented Architectures. Web
Services, Messaging Play Roles." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (April
01, 2003). BEA's Adam Bosworth says service-oriented architectures
leveraging messaging and Web services are key to meeting complicated
system integration needs.
"Perspective: Pay Attention to BPM." By J. William Gurley. From CNet (March 27, 2003). Delphi Group believes that business process
management (BPM) is quickly emerging as the moniker for the next
killer app in enterprise software.
"Curing the Web's Identity Crisis: Subject Indicators for RDF." By
Steve Pepper and Sylvia Schwab (Ontopia). Ontopia Technical Report.
March 2003. The paper describes the crisis of identity facing the
World Wide Web rooted in a lack of clarity about the nature of
"T-Mobile Bet Is Paying Off." By Anne Chen. In eWEEK (April 01, 2003).
T-Mobile is placing a new bet on the potential of Web services to make
it easier for external providers of content such as stock and weather
updates to tie into its network, increasing revenue opportunities and
enriching services for consumers.,3959,984860,00.asp
"ASN1C Mapping of ASN.1 Syntax to XML Schema." White Paper. From
Objective Systems, Inc. March 2003. 21 pages. The paper presents a
mapping for ASN.1 to W3C XML Schema (XSD) conversion.
"Web Services Security, Part 2." By Bilal Siddiqui. From (April 01, 2003). Part 2 discusses three XML-based
security standards [XML Signatures, XML Encryption and Web Services
Security] which offer user authentication, message integrity and
confidentiality features in SOAP communications.
"Native XML Scripting." By Timothy Appnel. From the O'Reilly Developer
Weblogs. April 01, 2003. ECMA announced it is completing what it calls
E4X (ECMAScript for XML).
"Getting Your Arms Around Web Services." By Murthy Nukala and M. R.
Rangaswami (Sand Hill Group). In Optimize Magazine Issue 17 (March
2003). The Sand Hill Group identified a key characteristic among
successful Web-services implementations: they are strictly business-
driven. Enterprise customers say the technology will survive because
it makes a business impact, rather than being adopted for technology's
"Group Addresses Web Services Security." By Darryl K. Taft. In eWEEK
(April 01, 2003). The Web Services Interoperability Organization has
announced the formation of its Basic Security Profile Working Group
"WS-I Working Group Tackles Security. Aims to Develop Guidelines for
Web Services Interoperability." By Paul Roberts. In InfoWorld (April
01, 2003). A new working group within the Web Services
Interoperability Organization (WS-I) will focus on ways to develop
secure Web services.
"Architectural Design Patterns for XML Documents." By Kyle Downey.
From (March 26, 2003). Describes some patterns for XML
document structure that are useful for those designing documents from
the ground up.
"XML Standards for Financial Services." By Ayesha Malik. From
(March 26, 2003). Malik describes the current state of play in the
electronic communications sector of the financial services world and
gives an overview of the XML standards that will change the way the
industry works.
"Choosing Among JCA, JMS, and Web Services for EAI. Positioning
Alternative Interface Technologies for Enterprise Integration." By
Regis Coqueret (Engagement Manager/Solutions Architect, jStart
Emerging Technologies, IBM Software Group) and Marc Fiammante (Senior
Consulting IT Architect, SWG EMEA Business Integration Technical
Sales, IBM). . From IBM developerWorks, Web services. March 2003. The
article discusses criteria for choosing among J2C Connector
Architecture (JCA), Java Message Service (JMS), and Web services
"Topic Maps Model (TMM)." By Steven R. Newcomb, Sam Hunting, Jan
Algermissen, and Patrick Durusau. Produced for ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34
Information Technology -- Document Description and Processing
Languages. March 28, 2003. Editor's Draft, Revision 2.30. Reference:
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 N0393. See also the previous version (1.0). This
draft specifies the information structure of all topic maps, certain
common properties of topics, and constraints on the values of those
properties, etc.
"Living With Topic Maps and RDF. Topic Maps, RDF, DAML, OIL, OWL,
TMCL." By Lars Marius Garshol (Ontopia). Discusses how to do data
conversion back and forth between the two, schema conversion, the use
of OWL in topic maps, and the possibility for a common query language.
"Secure Web Services." By Sang Shin. In Java World (March 18, 2003).
Discusses WS security characteristics and explains why Web services
need a different set of security schemes.
"Web Services Security? Not Yet." By David Chappell. In Application
Devemopment Trends (April 01, 2003). Without an effective way to
authenticate clients, guarantee the integrity of transferred data and
to ensure data remains confidential during transit, Web services can
be applied only in limited ways.
"SOAP Version 1.2 Message Normalization." Edited by Martin Gudgin
(Microsoft) and Marc Hadley (Sun Microsystems). W3C Note 28-
March-2003. Produced by members of the the W3C XML Protocol Working
Group. Current XML canonicalizations do not take into account the
transforms that a SOAP intermediary can legally apply to messages
passing through it; this document defines a transformation that
renders all semantically equivalent SOAP messages identically.
"Next-Gen Web Services." By Timothy Dyck. In eWEEK (March 31, 2003).
Cutting-edge tools from Systinet Corp. and BEA Systems Inc. push SOAP
1.1 just about as far as it can go with tools for developing, securing
and managing Web services.,3959,981998,00.asp
"WordML: Word 2003 Native XML Samples Online." By [Eoin Campbell].
From XML Workshop Ltd. March 28, 2003. Annotated sample supplies the
native binary Word document used and the Word XML document generated
when saved as XML; the XML document is well-formed, and conforms to
the XML Schema called WordML.
"Open-Source Movement Gains Ground on Microsoft." By Darryl K. Taft
and Scot Petersen. In eWEEK (March 24, 2003). A significant customer
opportunity is emerging for open-source software, as more state and
federal governments loosen their restrictions on implementations of
such software.,3959,971253,00.asp
"Web Services Security and More: The Global XML Web Services
Architecture (GXA)." By Joseph M. Chiusano (Booz Allen Hamilton). From (March 2003). GXA is an application-level protocol
framework that is built on the foundation of XML and SOAP.
"Metaserver 4.0 Stands Out in Crowded BPI Market. Integration Platform
Boasts New Features and Enhanced Flexibility and Resiliency." By Mario
Apicella. In InfoWorld (March 21, 2003). Metaserver is a powerful
platform for creating and executing new business processes by
recycling existing applications and technical resources, which
minimizes development and administration costs.
"Mission Accomplished. Review of Microsoft InfoPath 2003 Beta 2." By
Jon Udell (InfoWorld Test Center). In InfoWorld (March 31, 2003).
InfoPath empowers business users to design those documents, fill them
with data, and exchange them while guaranteeing the fidelity of that
data and shielding the documents from the underlying XML machinery.
"InfoPath Shows XML's Promise." By Jason Brooks. In eWEEK (March 31,
2003). InfoPath is a new application for designing and filling out
XML-based forms; it stores form data in simple XML files which derive
their structure, appearance and validation from templates also written
in XML.,3959,988027,00.asp
"WS-I: Guiding Interoperability." By Jeff Reser (IBM Strategic
Software Solutions). In .NET Magazine (March 2003). The Web Services
Interoperability Organization (WS-I) was formed in February 2002 to
address the issues surrounding the interoperable nature of a Web
services-oriented architecture.
"A Corporate-Friendly Makeover for Open-Source IM." By Christopher
Saunders. In Enterprise IM (March 27, 2003). "The open-source IM
movement stands to gain from a new, graphical front-end for installing
and configuring the JabberD server.
"XMPP Instant Messaging." By Peter Saint-Andre and Jeremie Miller
(Jabber Software Foundation). IETF Network Working Group, Internet-
Draft. Reference: 'draft-ietf-xmpp-im-06'. March 26, 2003, expires
September 24, 2003. 73 pages. This document describes the extensions
to and applications of XMPP Core that are used to create the basic
functionality expected of an instant messaging and presence
application as defined in RFC 2779.
"Web Services Paths Remain Divided. Opposing Forces Struggle Over
Standards." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (March 28, 2003). As a
dazzling array of vendor-driven standards continues to emerge, a fresh
set of machinations are proving that the battle for control of Web
services standards remains alive and well between two camps.
"Sun Wins WS-I Seat." By Darryl K. Taft. In eWEEK (March 27, 2003).
Sun Microsystems Inc. has won a two-year position on the Web Services
Interoperability Organization (WS-I) board of directors.,3959,976152,00.asp
"Sun Brewing Simpler Java." By Darryl K. Taft and Mary Jo Foley. In
eWEEK (March 17, 2003). In a move designed to attract more developers
to its vision of Web services and application development, Sun
Microsystems Inc. is developing enhancements to the Java language that
provide a more Visual Basic-like experience.,3959,933588,00.asp

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

"WS-I Charters Basic Security Profile Working Group. Industry
Organization Tackles Interoperability Issues with Web Services

"Web Leaders Agree to Add Native XML to ECMAScript. New ECMA
International Standard, ECMAScript for XML (E4X), to Unlock the Power
of XML for Web Developers."

"Industry Visionaries to Headline XML Europe 2003 Conference and
Exposition. Experts from Sun Microsystems, Red Hat and OASIS to Be
Featured in This Year's Keynote Lineup."

"OASIS and UN/CEFACT to Host ebXML Showcase at XML Europe 2003 in
London. Conference Will Highlight ebXML Implementations Around the

"Announcing 1.1 Beta."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

DBPL 2003.  Ninth International Conference on Data Base Programming
Languages. September 6 - 8, 2003. Potsdam, Germany.

WebDB 2003.  Sixth International Workshop on The Web and Databases.
June 12 - 13, 2003.  San Diego, California, USA.

SACMAT 2003.  Eighth ACM Symposium On Access Control Models and
Technologies. June 2 - 3, 2003.  Villa Gallia, Como, Italy.

Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2003).  May
20 - 24, 2003. Budapest, Hungary.

ebXML Showcase. May 5 - 6, 2003.  Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.

Semantic Web and Web Services. May 06, 2003. Helsinki, Finland.

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