Cover Pages Newsletter April 22, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                        April 22, 2003

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OGC Releases OpenGIS Location Services (OpenLS) Implementation
The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) has issued a public call for comment on
a proposed OpenGIS Location Services (OpenLS) Implementation
Specification. The RFC defines XML for Location Services, which
consists of interfaces for a variety of specific services. OpenLS
defines access to the Core Services and Abstract Data Types (ADT) that
comprise the GeoMobility Server. ADT uses application schemas encoded
in XML for Location Services (XLS).

Last Call Working Drafts for W3C XML Key Management Specifications
W3C has issued Last Call Working Drafts for "XML Key Management
Specification (XKMS) Version 2.0" and "XML Key Management
Specification (XKMS) Bindings Version 2.0". The specifications define
protocols for distributing and registering public keys for use with
XML Signature and XML Encryption. The XKMS spec contains two parts:
the XML Key Information Service Specification (X-KISS) and the XML Key
Registration Service Specification (X-KRSS).

OASIS Forms Web Services Business Process Execution Language TC
A new WSBPEL TC is being formed at OASIS to continue work on the
business process language published in the "Business Process Execution
Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS)" v1.0 specification. The TC will
focus on specifying the common concepts for a business process
execution language supporting multiple usage patterns, including both
the process interface descriptions required for business protocols and
executable process models.

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

"Inside Cisco's Eavesdropping Apparatus." By Declan McCullagh. In CNet (April 21, 2003). Cisco Systems has created a more efficient
and targeted way for police and intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on
people whose Internet service provider uses their company's routers.
The company recently published a proposal that describes how it plans
to embed 'lawful interception' capability into its products.
"End-to-End Object Encryption in XMPP." By Peter Saint-Andre (Jabber
Software Foundation) and Joe Hildebrand (Jabber, Inc). IETF Network
Working Group, Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-ietf-xmpp-e2e-02'.
April 21, 2003, expires October 20, 2003. 18 pages. This document
describes an end-to-end signing and encryption method for use in the
Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) as defined by XMPP
Core and XMPP Instant Messaging.
"Securing Digital Content." By Dennis Fisher. In eWEEK (April 22,
2003). "As Microsoft Corp. prepares to release the beta version of its
anticipated and controversial Rights Management Services, a small
security company has been quietly working on technology that could
trump Microsoft's and make it easier for companies to control digital
"BINPIDF: External Object Extension to Presence Information Data
Format." By Mikko Lonnfors, Eva Leppanen, and Hisham Khartabil
(Nokia). IETF SIMPLE WG, Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-lonnfors-
simple-binpidf-00'. April 7, 2003, expires October 6, 2003. This memo
specifies a methodology whereby external content to a presence
information document can be referenced in XML encoded presence
information document (PIDF).
"XML and Java Technologies. Data Binding Part 4: JiBX Usage." By
Dennis M. Sosnoski (President, Sosnoski Software Solutions, Inc). From
IBM developerWorks, XML zone. April 18, 2003. JiBX lead developer
Dennis Sosnoski shows you how to work with his new framework for XML
data binding in Java applications. With the binding definitions used
by JiBX, you control virtually all aspects of marshalling and
unmarshalling, including handling structural differences between your
XML documents and the corresponding Java language objects.
"OASIS WS Business Process Execution Language TC Formed." By Lawrence
Wilkes. In CBDI Journal (April 22, 2003). The decision to form WSBPEL
reflects the approach that IBM and Microsoft have taken so far in
moving the various specifications they have proposed along with others
into a standards process.
"Review of Encoded Archival Description on the Internet." By Helen R.
Tibbo (School of Information and Library Science, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill). In D-Lib Magazine Volume 9, Number 4 (April
2003). ISSN: 1082-9873. Review of the book edited by Daniel V. Pitti
and Wendy M. Duff.
"RSS Needs Fixing." By Tim Bray. In ongoing (April 22, 2003). There
are two big problems with RSS that aren't going away and are just
going to have to be fixed to avoid a train-wreck, given the way the
RSS thing is taking off. They are first, what can go in a
"description" element, and second, the issue of relative URIs.
"RSS 2.0." By Mark Nottingham [WWW]. IETF Network Working Group,
Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-nottingham-rss2-00'. April 9, 2003,
expires October 8, 2003. "This specification documents version 2.0 of
RSS (Really Simple Syndication), an XML-based format for syndicating
Web content and metadata; made available to allow the community to
ascertain whether the specification described herein is true to the
original RSS 2.0 specification.
"IBM, MS Streamrolling W3C and Web Services?" By David Berlind. In
ZDNet Tech Update (April 18, 2003). Now that Business Process
Execution Language for Web services (BPEL4WS) co-authors BEA, IBM, and
Microsoft have announced the submission of specification to the
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
(OASIS), the controversy is about to evolve into an industry-splitting
"XMPP Rises to Face SIMPLE Standard, Vendor Coalition Challenges
Standard Used by Microsoft and IBM." By Cathleen Moore. In InfoWorld
(April 18, 2003). With the lure of presence-aware applications and
systems dangling before them, competitors are warming up for a heated
race to establish an industry standard protocol for presence awareness
and instant messaging interoperability.
"RSA to Integrate Identification Products." By Peter Judge. In CNET (April 17, 2003). RSA Security is planning to integrate its
products into an identity management system that will be compliant
with Liberty Alliance software -- the main rival to Microsoft's
"Web Services Encoding and More." By Aaron Skonnard. In MSDN Magazine
(May 2003). The XML Files. The author explains the difference between
document/literal and rpc/encoded Web Services.
"Manipulate XML Data Easily with Integrated Readers and Writers in the
.NET Framework." By Dino Esposito. In MSDN Magazine (May 2003). The
author discusses the architecture of readers and how they relate to
XMLDOM and SAX parsers. He also shows how to use readers to parse and
validate XML documents, how to leverage writers to create well-formed
documents, and how to optimize the processing of large XML documents
using functions to read and write Base64 and BinHex-encoded text.
"Intellidimension Application Shows Power of RDF." By Jim Rapoza. In
eWEEK (April 17, 2003). Intellidimension Inc.'s RDF Gateway 1.0 is one
of the first applications to address the use of the Resource
Description Framework standard; RDF makes it possible to have metadata
interoperate across Web sites and enable everything from powerful
search agents to extensive cross-site agent applications.,3959,1023633,00.asp
"Why Use OWL." By Adam Pease (Teknowledge). From xFront XML Collection
(April 2003). A set of OWL statements by itself (with the OWL spec)
can allow you to conclude another OWL statement whereas a set of XML
statements, by itself (and the XML spec) does not allow you to
conclude any other XML statements.
"Architect Struts Applications for Web Services. Bring the Power of
the MVC Pattern to the Web Services Domain." By Jerome Josephraj
(Developer, Ford Europe). From IBM developerWorks, Web services. April
15, 2003. The author shows how to build Web services applications
based on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern; he's adapted
Struts, a popular open-source MVC framework, for use in the Web
services arena.
"Sydney Firm to Protect 3G Content." By Nathan Cochrane. In Sydney
Morning Herald (April 15, 2003). "A Sydney maker of copyright
enforcement technology has beaten Microsoft for the coveted crown of
protecting content consumed by the next generation of multimedia
mobile phones. Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL) version 1.1 has
been adopted by mobile makers such as Nokia, Samsung and Sony-
Ericsson, operators including Vodafone and open-standards-setting body
"Product Plans Afoot for BPEL4WS Spec. W3C Fears Fragmented Standards
Efforts." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (April 17, 2003). Major backers
of the BPEL4WS specification for Web services business processes are
preparing products to implement the technology, which is being
submitted for consideration by OASIS as an industry standard.
"Commentary: The Right Web Services Process Standard." By Ted Schadler
(Principal Analyst, Forrester Research). In CNET (April 15,
2003). Applications heavyweights SAP and Siebel Systems have joined
BEA Systems, IBM and Microsoft as co-authors on the BPEL4WS business
process specification.
"Sun Exec Preaches UBL. Touts XML Business Document Standard for E-
Commerce." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (April 16, 2003). Universal
Business Language (UBL), a proposed OASIS specification for electronic
commerce, presents the potential of enabling smaller businesses
worldwide to engage in global commerce alongside major vendors.
Business Process Execution Language for Web Services. Version 1.1. 31-
March-2003. 134 pages. By Tony Andrews (Microsoft), Francisco Curbera
(IBM), Hitesh Dholakia (Siebel Systems), Yaron Goland (BEA Systems),
Johannes Klein (Microsoft), Frank Leymann (IBM), Kevin Liu (SAP),
Dieter Roller (IBM), Doug Smith (Siebel Systems), Satish Thatte
(Microsoft - Editor), Ivana Trickovic (SAP), and Sanjiva Weerawarana
(IBM). Copyright (c) 2002, 2003 BEA Systems, International Business
Machines Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, SAP AG, and Siebel
Systems. The document defines a notation for specifying business
process behavior based on Web Services; this notation is called
Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS).

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

"OGC Prototyping US Government's Open Platform 'GeoSpatial One-Stop

"Software AG's Natural Mainframe Development Platform Now Supports
XML. XML Document Creation and Processing Capability in Natural
Version 4 Helps Extend Powerful Mainframe Applications Into the

"OGC Releases Request for Comment for Proposed Location Services

"Liberty Alliance Releases New Specifications, Privacy and Security
Guidelines to Drive Development of Identity-Based Web Services.
Liberty Alliance Announces New Management Board Representatives
Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, Novell and VeriSign, Inc. As
Consortium Gains Momentum."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

ACM SIGDOC [Special Interest Group for Documentation] 2003. "Finding
Real-World Solutions for Documentation: How Theory Informs Practice
and Practice Informs Theory."  October 12 - 15, 2003. Holiday Inn
Financial. San Francisco, CA, USA.

WinWriters Online Help Conference Europe 2003. "The Latest in Software
User Assistance."  June 1 - 3, 2003. Novotel London West, London, UK.

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

Society for Technical Communication (STC) 50th Annual Conference. May
18 - 21, 2003. Wyndham Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA.

8th Annual Arbortext User's Group International Conference. AUGI 2003.
May 7 - 9, 2003. Adam's Mark Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

XML Europe 2003 Conference & Exposition. "Powering the Information
Society."  May 5 - 8, 2003.  Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.

Second Annual PKI Research Workshop. April 28 - 29, 2003.  NIST,
Gaithersburg, MD, USA.

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