Cover Pages Newsletter June 10, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           June 10, 2003

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OpenGIS Consortium Adopts Revised Royalty-Free Intellectual Property
Rights Policy.
The OpenGIS Consortium has announced the adoption of a revised IPR
policy which requires all contributors to license technology on a
royalty-free basis. OGC is an international industry consortium of 257
companies, government agencies, and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available geo-processing
specifications based upon XML. OGC's new patent policy reflects recent
work undertaken at the W3C.

OpenTravel Alliance Releases OTA Specification Version 2003A for
Travel Related Services.
The OpenTravel Alliance has published OTA Specification Version 2003A
which defines XML-based messages for the electronic exchange of
business information among all sectors of the travel industry. The XML
Message Sets package contains 140 XML Schemas corresponding to events
and activities in various travel sectors. OTA Version 2003A provides
three new message pairs, new sample instance documents, and expanded
business scenarios.

Java Web Services Developer Pack V1.2 Supports WS-I, WS-Security, and
UBL Applications.
The Version 1.2 release of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java
WSDP) includes several new features, including JavaServer Faces
technology, a WS-I Supply Chain Management sample application, an
early access version of XML and Web services security, and a JAXB
1.0.1 sample which processes a UBL order using JAXB-generated classes.
Java WSDP is a free integrated toolkit for building, testing, and
deploying XML applications.

OASIS TC Releases Committee Specifications for Service Provisioning
Markup Language (SPML).
The OASIS Provisioning Services Technical Committee (PSTC) has adopted
draft documents as a Committee Specification set for the Service
Provisioning Markup Language (SPML). The TC was chartered to define an
XML-based framework for exchanging user, resource, and service
provisioning information. The V1.0 specification defines the concepts,
operations deployment, and XML schema for an XML-based request and
response provisioning protocol.

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

"Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax." Edited by Tim
Berners-Lee (World Wide Web Consortium), WWW; Roy T. Fielding (Day
Software), WWW; Larry Masinter (Adobe Systems Incorporated), WWW. IETF
Network Working Group, Internet-Draft. Reference: 'draft-fielding-uri-
rfc2396bis-03'. June 6, 2003, expires December 5, 2003. 60 pages.
Updates: RFC 1738 (if approved). Obsoletes: 2732, 2396, 1808 (if
approved). Appendix D: Summary of Non-editorial Changes. A Uniform
Resource Identifier (URI) is a compact string of characters for
identifying an abstract or physical resource. This specification
defines the generic URI syntax and a process for resolving URI
references that might be in relative form, along with guidelines and
security considerations for the use of URIs on the Internet.
"SOAP 1.2." By Rich Salz. From O'Reilly (June 10,
2003). The biggest difference between SOAP 1.1 and SOAP 1.2 is that
the 1.2 specification is built around the Infoset. The descriptions
SOAP message processing are no longer based on syntax but on the
information that the message carries; an implementor can determine
what information items are important and must be preserved.
"Structured Writing, Structured Search." By Jon Udell. From O'Reilly (June 10, 2003). Jon Udell explores further some
ideas he's been pursuing with regard to structured search of content
marked up with XML. Instead of making these searches web services,
relying on the XPath or XQuery interfaces to databases, Jon
experiments with moving the querying to the client side, and doing it
with JavaScript and XSLT in a web browser.
"How Web Services Helped Israel Deal With Bad Drivers." By Whit
Andrews. Gartner Research Note. Case Studies, CS-19-9807. June 03,
2003. Israeli courts used Web services to collect unpaid traffic
fines. The project was tied to an amnesty period, so the system had to
be built quickly. The payoff for two weeks' work was an inflow of
several million dollars.
"Connecting with Java Web Services. BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere,
JBoss, and Sybase EAServer Plug In to the Next Wave of Web Apps." By
Oliver Rist and David Aubrey. In InfoWorld (June 06, 2003). Review: We
rounded up the two leading commercial J2EE servers, BEA Systems'
WebLogic and IBM's WebSphere, plus a solid also-ran, Sybase's
EAServer, and the most popular open source J2EE server, JBoss, and we
put them to the test. Deploying Web services on each of these
platforms, we evaluated their related management capabilities as well
as their support for the core Web services standards, SOAP, XML-RPC
(Remote Procedure Call), WSDL, and UDDI.
"Java and the Model Driven Architecture." By Peter Varhol (Compuware
Corporation). In JavaPro Magazine Volume 7, Number 6 (June 04, 2003),
pages 40-41. Applications whose architectures are tied closely to
supporting dynamic technologies don't have to become obsolete before
their time. Employ MDA's core modeling techniques to separate
architecture from implementation and extend the shelf life of
distributed applications.
"XML Catalogs." OASIS Committee Specification 1.0. Edited by Norman
Walsh (Sun Microsystems, Inc). June 03, 2003. 36 pages. Produced by
members of the OASIS Entity Resolution Technical Committee. A whole
generation of tools has been developed without the added complexity of
explicit entity management. However, the interoperability of XML
documents has been impeded in several ways by the lack of entity
management facilities. This Committee Specification defines an entity
catalog that maps both external identifiers and arbitrary URI
references to URI references.
"IBM Unites Enterprise Development. WSED 5.0 Neatly Supports Legacy
Apps, Java, XML, and Web Services Projects." By Maggie Biggs. In
InfoWorld (June 06, 2003). With its integrated development
environment, WSED 5.0 (WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer 5.0), IBM
has nicely blended development support for mission-critical legacy
technologies, such as Cobol and PL/1, together with tools that support
Web technologies.
"Microsoft Enhances FrontPage, SQL Server. Users Can Build Data-Driven
Web Sites." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (June 10, 2003). Microsoft has
announced efforts to support development of XML-based Web sites in
Office FrontPage 2003 and to extend SQL Server database capabilities
to more than 50 proprietary databases and files. Part of the Microsoft
Office System, FrontPage 2003, will serve as a WYSIWIG Extensible
Stylesheet Language Transformation Editor (XSLT) editor in which users
can work with live data to develop interactive, dynamic Web sites.
"FrontPage to Embed Full XSLT Editor, Blogging Tools." By Barbara
Darrow. In CRN (June 10, 2003). Microsoft isn't ready to ship
FrontPage 2003 or any of the new Office Systems applications, but it
continues to mete out feature info. FrontPage 2003, which Microsoft
already has said will target professional Web developers, will
incorporate a full WYSIWYG editor for Extensible Stylesheet Language
"UDDI Rises From Basement to Board Room." By Peter Coffee. In eWEEK
(June 02, 2003). UDDI 2.0, just ratified this month as the highest-
level OASIS Open Standard, is already supported in platforms such as
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 and by Microsoft's Visual Studio .Net
tool set. UDDI, Version 3 will make UDDI keys more convenient to use
and will incorporate digital signature mechanisms for greater
confidence in using UDDI with external parties.,3959,1119757,00.asp
"Introducing Examplotron: The Fastest Road to Schema." By Uche Ogbuji
(Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML
zone. June 10, 2003. A zoo of XML schema languages is out there, and
although some of the beasts are bigger than others none is as friendly
as Examplotron. With Examplotron, your example XML document is your
schema, for the most part. It requires you to learn very little new
syntax, and most of the core features of XML can be specified by
providing representative examples in the source.
"Scripting with Jython Instead of XML." By Jonathan Simon. In Java
Today (June 10, 2003). XML is often used as the basis of a custom
scripting language; as a result, common programmatic constructs are
duplicated and the code is difficult to understand. In this article,
the author shows examples from the Java community using XML as a
scripting language and the same examples coded in the Jython scripting
"Design and Test of the Cross-Format Schema Protocol (XFSP) for
Networked Virtual Environment." By Ekrem Serin (Lieutenant Junior
Grade, Turkish Navy, B. S., Turkish Naval Academy, 1997). Thesis
submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate
School. March 2003. 149 pages. The thesis presents a description,
design and implementation detail of Cross Format Schema Protocol
(XFSP) and a general automatic protocol handler for schema-defined XML
document or message. A networked simulation can work for 24x7 with an
extensible schema based networking protocol, and it is not necessary
to hard code and compile the protocols into the networked virtual
environments. The JCP Alternative? Critics Say Group is Losing Momentum."
By Robert McMillan. In InfoWorld (June 09, 2003). Observers are saying
that Sun's new open source portal, which the company unveiled
at JavaOne this Tuesday, may prove to be a strategically important
move as Sun seeks to remain a vital force in the development of Java
"Bell Tolling for PNG Graphics Format?" By Paul Festa. In CNET (June 09, 2003). A patent underlying one of the Web's most
popular graphics formats (GIF) is set to expire later this month,
raising the question of whether a rival, open format, created as a
royalty-free alternative, will become obsolete. The situation has also
rekindled debate about patents, innovation and the freedom of
"Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Specification. Second Edition." ISO
Reference: Information technology -- Computer graphics and image
processing -- Portable Network Graphics (PNG): Functional
specification. ISO/IEC 15948:2002 (E). W3C Reference: W3C Proposed
Recommendation 1-October-1996, revised 20 May 2003. Second Edition
edited by David Duce (Oxford Brookes University). Produced by ISO/IEC
JTC1 SC24 and the PNG Group as part of the Graphics Activity within
the W3C Interaction Domain. This document describes PNG (Portable
Network Graphics), an extensible file format for the lossless,
portable, well-compressed storage of raster images. PNG provides a
patent-free replacement for GIF and can also replace many common uses
of TIFF.
"Microsoft Roads All Lead to Longhorn." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET (June 05, 2003). ['Microsoft this week gave customers a sneak
peek at forthcoming development and management tools which are part of
company's multiyear plans for the product.'] At the TechEd customer
conference, Microsoft executives sketched out its product release
plans for the next major release of the Windows desktop operating
system, code-named Longhorn. Microsoft is also working on the building
blocks, or 'language constructs,' of a programming language called X#
that can handle XML data more effectively than current languages.
"e-Business Messaging Interchange Assessment." From the OASIS/CEFACT
Joint Marketing Team. White Paper. May 23, 2003. 19 pages. Supplied by
David Webber (Acting Chair, OASIS/CEFACT JMT). The paper evaluates a
'bewildering array' of interchange format and mechanism choices,
including FAX, Dial-in IVR, EDI VAN (sftp), AS2 EDIINT, Email, Dial-in
modem, Web Pages, SOAP, and ebMS. The report attempts to provide
analysis tools that can help the reader decipher the optimum choices
for a given set of business needs.
"WebDAV Ordered Collections Protocol." By Jim Whitehead (UC Santa
Cruz, Dept. of Computer Science) and Julian F. Reschke (greenbytes
GmbH, editor); WWW. IETF WEBDAV Working Group, Internet-Draft.
Reference: 'draft-ietf-webdav-ordering-protocol-08'. May 12, 2003,
expires November 10, 2003. 43 pages. Under consideration as an IETF
Proposed Standard. This specification extends the WebDAV Distributed
Authoring Protocol to support server-side ordering of collection
members. Of particular interest are orderings that are not based on
property values, and so cannot be achieved using a search protocol's
ordering option and cannot be maintained automatically by the server.
"Consortium Brings 'Spirit' to IP Integration." By Michael Santarini.
In EETimes (June 04, 2003). A new silicon intellectual property (IP)
consortium called Spirit (Structure for Packaging, Integrating, and
Re-using IP within Tool Flows) will work toward developing a standard
IP metadata description in XML code that aims to capture all the IP
design, test and integration information and views needed to transfer
and exchange IP between companies.
"Microsoft Schedules Project Update." By David Becker. In CNET (June 04, 2003). Microsoft hopes to make project management a
substantial part of office routines with a new version of Microsoft
Office Project 2003; like the main Office 2003 applications it will
link with, Project will allow workers to output data in XML.
"Microsoft's Browser Play." By Paul Festa. In CNET (June 04,
2003). Purveyors and consumers of Web content and software, already
unsettled by the pact between archrivals Microsoft and AOL Time
Warner, may be in store for an even more radical upset: the end of
Microsoft's standalone Internet Explorer browser.

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

"Microsoft Announces Commitment to Support Uniform Code Council in
Commercialization of RFID Technology. Microsoft Will Work Closely With
Organization to Develop Standards For Radio Frequency Identification

"Sun Microsystems Fuses Java Technology and Web Services. Announces
Availability of J2EE 1.4 Beta2 SDK, WS-I Basic Profile Support, Web
Services Developer Pack Version 1.2, and New Software for Secure Java
Technology-Based Web Services. Major Open Source Donation of Web
Services Technology to the Initiative."

"Sun Microsystems Unveils, the Ultimate Destination for
Developers and Focal Point for Open Source Collaboration. Sun Will
Contribute Millions of Lines of Code to Newly Launched
Community Led by Father of Java Technology, James Gosling. New
'Javapedia' Provides Easy Access to Java Terms and Content, Wikis and
Blogs Facilitate Collaboration."

"Microsoft Reinvents FrontPage, Tapping Into the Power of XML To Build
Live Data-Driven Web Sites. Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Provides
More Power to Connect PeopleTo Dynamic Information on the Web."

"OGC Board Approves IPR Policies To Further Safeguard Open, Public

"OpenTravel Alliance Announces Publication of OTA Specification
Version 2003A."

"Tibco Drives Web Services Standards to Benefit Enterprise Customers.
TIBCO Continues Leadership in Shaping Interoperability Standards."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

Digital ID World Conference 2003.  "Identity is Center."  October 15 -
17, 2003.  Denver, Colorado, USA.

Burton Catalyst Conference North America 2003.  July 9 - 11, 2003.
San Francisco, California, USA.

O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention (OSCON) 2003.  "Extend and
Embrace."  July 7 - 11, 2003.  Portland Marriot Downtown, Portland,
Oregon, USA.

IEEE Conference on E-Commerce (CEC 2003). June 24 - 27, 2003. Newport
Beach, California, USA.

The Eighth Global Grid Forum (GGF8).  "Building Grids: Obstacles and
Opportunities."  June 24 - 27, 2003. Seattle, WA, USA.

24th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets.
June 23 - 27, 2003. Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Open Publish 2003.  June 23 - 25, 2003. Sheraton Society Hill Hotel,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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