Cover Pages Newsletter May 13, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           May 13, 2003

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OASIS Members Form Web Application Security Technical Committee.
A new OASIS Web Application Security Technical Committee will attempt
to unite industry consensus and provide standards for web security
vulnerabilities. The TC will extend the work of the Open Web
Application Security (OWASP) VulnXML project that has been established
for over a year. The TC will develop a classification scheme for web
security vulnerabilities, threat and risk models, and an XML schema to
describe web security conditions.

W3C Index of Translations Showcases RDF and Internationalization
W3C has announced a new RDF application which generates static XHTML
documents and dynamic views for indexes of translated W3C Technical
Reports. Showcasing W3C Semantic Web, XML, and internationalization
technologies, data for volunteer translations of W3C technical reports
and related documents are now maintained in RDF encoded in XML. The
application generates XHTML and RDF-encoded XML files using Python
scripts and the RDFLib module.

FAO's AgMES Project Releases a New Application Profile for Encoding
A new AgMES-AGRIS Application Profile has been published. An
initiative of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, the AgMES
(Agricultural Metadata Element Set) project addresses issues of
semantic standards in the domain of agriculture with respect to
description, resource discovery, interoperability, and data exchange.
The AGRIS Profile builds upon Dublin Core. The AP includes an XML DTD;
XML and RDF Schema are under development.

IBM's Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL).
Research at IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory has led to the
publication of an Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL)
specification. EPAL is a formal language to specify fine-grained
enterprise privacy policies. It concentrates on the core privacy
authorization while abstracting from all deployment details such as
data model or user-authentication. EPAL will be discussed at a June
2003 W3C P3P and Enterprise Privacy Policy Workshop.

Energy Companies Demonstrate Automated Electronic Invoicing Using PIDX
XML Transaction Standards.
Unocal, Schlumberger, and Digital Oilfield have announced the
successful automated electronic exchange of invoicing information as
an industry milestone. The test made use of the Petroleum Industry
Data Exchange (PIDX) XML Transaction Standards and RNIF. Unocal
received and processed an invoice from Schlumberger through Digital
Oilfield's OpenInvoice hosted application. PIDX is the American
Petroleum Institute's committee on Electronic Business.

W3C Publishes SOAP Version 1.2 as a Proposed Recommendation.
W3C has advanced SOAP Version 1.2 to Proposed Recommendation status,
and the W3C XML Protocol Working Group has issued a request for final
review of the four-part specification. SOAP Version 1.2 is a
lightweight protocol for exchanging structured information in a
decentralized, distributed environment; it provides a standardized
XML-based solution for data transport. SOAP 1.2 is designed to work
seamlessly with W3C XML schemas and XML Namespaces.

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

"Thinking XML: The Commons of Creativity. How Machine-Readable
Licenses Can Foster Creative Output and Exchange." By Uche Ogbuji
(Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML
Zone. May 12, 2003. Artists independent of big media concerns seek to
collaborate with others and make their work more widely available.
Creative Commons, introduced in this article, seeks to address this
need by providing a way to express copyright license terms that are
both human-readable and machine-readable. The machine-readable form
uses RDF and thus makes available the network effects that have been
covered throughout this 'Thinking XML' column.
"Dynamic Web Services." By Atul Saini (Fiorano Software). In EAI
Journal Volume 5, Number 4 (April 2003), pages 17-19. The new
enterprise architecture is one that is service-based, implemented on
top of a fully distributed, peer-to-peer, event-driven system. A
services operating platform (SOP) allows enterprises to create a
unified computing infrastructure.
"Web Services Security, Part 3." By Bilal Siddiqui. From O'Reilly (May 13, 2003). In part 3 of a series, the author
discusses XML-based authentication and the sharing of authentication
information across different applications, known as Single Sign-On
(SSO). The Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) from OASIS helps
reach this goal by wrapping authentication information in an XML
"Using Python, Jython, and Lucene to Search Outlook Email." By Jon
Udell. From O'Reilly (May 13, 2003). Borrowing
heavily from examples supplied by Mark Hammond's SpamBayes, Udell
creates a script to extract Outlook mail to a bunch of files that can
be fed to a standalone indexer.
"Auto Industry Group to Upgrade Supply Chain With XML." By Todd R.
Weiss. In ComputerWorld (May 13, 2003). Auto industry e-services
exchange Covisint has launched an IT consortium that aims to replace
existing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messaging with more
flexible and less costly XML systems.,10801,81193,00.html
"Auto Consortium Aims For Lower-Cost Data Messaging." By Rick Whiting.
In InformationWeek (May 12, 2003). Covisint and a group of major
automakers and suppliers are preparing to test a system based on XML
and other standards as an alternative to EDI.
"Transparently Cache XSL Transformations with JAXP. Boost Performance
and Retain Usability by Implementing Implicit Caching Inside
Transformer Factories." By Alexey Valikov. In JavaWorld (May 02,
2003). Using a stylesheet cache on top of normal JAXP (Java API for
XML Parsing) is often not convenient or suitable for pure JAXP users.
This article introduces the idea of pushing cache functionality inside
transformer factory implementations, making cache usage absolutely
"Jini Starter Kit 2.0 Tightens Jini's Security Framework. Introducing
Jini's New Security Features." By Frank Sommers. In JavaWorld (May 09,
2003). Security for distributed systems based on mobile Java code is
the theme of Sun Microsystems' new Jini Starter Kit, JSK 2.0.
"XML Features of Oracle 8i and 9i." By Simon Hume. From (May 10, 2003). Database specialist Simon Hume chips
in with an introduction to the XML features of the most recent Oracle
database versions.
"Business Process with BPEL4WS: Learning BPEL4WS, Part 7. Adding
Correlation and Fault Handling to a Process." By Rania Khalaf and
William A. Nagy (Software Engineers, IBM TJ Watson Research Center).
From IBM developerWorks, Web services. April 22, 2003. The authors
extend the simple BPEL4WS process that they have been working with in
the previous articles by adding the ability to communicate with a pre-
existing process instance and to capture faults which may occur during
its execution.
"DB Updates Ease Web Services." By Lisa Vaas. In eWEEK (May 12, 2003).
Best-of-breed XML database developers Ipedo Inc., Sonic Software Corp.
and Sleepycat Software Inc. are enhancing their respective native XML
database software to make it easier for enterprises to use and manage
XML data in Web services environments.,3959,1080488,00.asp
"Berkeley DB XML: An Embedded XML Database." By Paul Ford. From (May 07, 2003). For many years the open source Berkeley DB
libraries have been a popular choice for embedded database
applications; it has been so ubiquitously used that chances are, you
rely on some software product that embeds Berkeley DB. SleepyCat, the
maintainers of Berkeley DB, announce that they will be releasing an
XML-aware version of their database software.
"XSLT 2 and Delimited Lists." By Bob DuCharme. From (May 07,
2003). The author looks at the upcoming new version of XSLT, XSLT 2.0,
and in particular, its support for tokenizing strings. Using the
development branch of the popular XSLT engine Saxon, Bob shows how an
SVG polygon path can be processed with XSLT 2.0.
"Internationalizing the URI." By Kendall Grant Clark. From
(May 07, 2003). It appears that development of the core XML
specification itself is held up by the need to incorporate
Internationalized Resource Identifiers, which are destined to
supsersede URIs. Kendall Clark also comments on the recent release of
new XQuery specifications from the W3C.
"Implementation Strategies for WS-ReliableMessaging. How WS-
ReliableMessaging Can Interact With Other Middleware Communications
Systems." By Christopher Ferris, John Ibbotson, and Tony Storey (IBM).
From IBM developerWorks, Web services. This paper discusses
considerations for realizing robustness, integrity, and performance
required for reliable messaging implementations using the recently
released WS-ReliableMessaging specification and describes the role of
message oriented middleware to address these.
"Address Data Content Standard Public Review Draft." Subcommittee on
Cultural and Demographic Data, [US] Federal Geographic Data Committee
(FGDC). Version 2. April 17, 2003. 41 pages. The purpose of this
standard is to facilitate the exchange of address information. The
Address Data Content Standard (the Standard) simplifies the address
data exchange process by providing a method for documenting the
content of address information.
"Registering Web Services in an ebXML Registry." By Joseph M. Chiusano
(Booz Allen Hamilton) and Farrukh Najmi (Sun Microsystems). Prepared
for the OASIS ebXML Registry Technical Committee. Approved Technical
Note. Version 1.0. 12-March-2003, updated May 7, 2003. 16 pages. This
document describes the current best practice for registering Web
services in an ebXML Registry. It conforms to the OASIS/ebXML Registry
Information Model (ebRIM) specification v3.0 and to the OASIS/ebXML
Registry Services Specification (ebRS), v3.0.
"W3C Cleans Up SOAP 1.2 Specification. Latest Version Awaits Final
Review." By Scarlet Pruitt. In InfoWorld (May 07, 2003). W3C has
released the proposed recommendation for the SOAP (Simple Object
Access Protocol) 1.2 specification, saying that the protocol is
cleaned up and in a strong position for final review.
"W3C Brushes Up SOAP Standard." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET
(May 07, 2003). Standards body the World Wide Web Consortium said
Wednesday that it is close to finalizing an upgrade to an important
Web services protocol called SOAP. The SOAP Version 1.2 spec is now a
W3C Proposed Recommendation.

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

"Systinet WASP is Reference Implementation for Proposed Recommendation
of W3C SOAP 1.2 Specification."
"GXS' Global Product Catalogue Service Achieves Certification for
UCCnet Foundation Services 2.1. GXS to Provide Global Synchronization
of Detailed Product Attributes through Automatic Registration of
Vendor Products with UCCnet's GLOBALregistry."
"Corel and LightSpeed Software Deliver Integrated Content Management
Solution for Technical Publishing. Joint Offering Provides a Seamless
Way to Easily Create, Manage and Reuse Structured Content for Multi-
Channel Publishing."
"Novell exteNd Application Server 5. Powerful J2EE and Web Services
Development and Deployment Platform Now Shipping."
"Covisint and Consortium of Automotive Leaders to Develop Data
Messaging Solution. Product Will Be a Cost Effective Alternative to
"Reuters Joins's Efforts to Facilitate the Adoption and
Implementation of its Standard for Investment Research.
Appoints New Committee Co-Chairs. Industry Organization Establishes
Adoption Committee to Help Firms Utilize RIXML."
"Ipedo Enhancements Boost Award-Winning XML Information Hub. Content
Conversion, Auto-Organization, Universal XQuery, Web Services Views
Reduce Cost and Complexity of Information Delivery."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

Sixth International Conference on the Unified Modeling Language (UML
2003).  "Modeling Languages and Applications."  October 20 - 24, 2003.
Fort Mason Center and Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel.  San
Francisco, California, USA.

2003 Workshop on Adaptive Text Extraction and Mining (ATEM 2003).
September 22, 2003.  Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDX) Europe Meeting 2003.  July 3,
2003.  Paris, France.

The Third ACM+IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2003).
May 27 - 31, 2003. Rice University, Houston, TX, USA.

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.

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