Cover Pages Newsletter July 01, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           July 01, 2003

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IBM alphaWorks Releases Web Services for DB2 Cube Views.
Web Services for DB2 Cube Views has been released by IBM alphaWorks
labs as the latest example of emerging "alpha code" technologies. Web
Services for DB2 Cube Views is an XML SOAP application which provides
access to multidimensional data stored in DB2. These Web services
allow a client application to read data from the cubes and perform
basic online analysis on multidimensional data and metadata through
the Web using XPath and XML.

Public Comment Draft for the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).
A draft "Common Alerting Protocol" (CAP) specification was released
for public comment at the recent Thirteenth World Conference on
Disaster Management. The draft was produced by the OASIS EM Messages
and Notification Subcommittee and is supported by the Partnership for
Public Warning (PPW). CAP is an open, non-proprietary standard for the
exchange of emergency alerts and public warnings over data networks
and computer-controlled warning systems.

OASIS Member Companies Host SPML Identity Management Interoperability
OASIS has announced a public demonstration of the Service Provisioning
Markup Language Specification (SPML) Version 1.0 in an upcoming
interoperability event. SPML is an XML-based framework for exchanging
and administering user access rights and resource information across
heterogeneous environments. Ten OASIS member companies will meet at
the Catalyst Conference to demonstrate interoperability between SPML-
conformant security software products.

Six New Internet Drafts from the IETF Geographic Location/Privacy
Working Group.
"Geopriv Location Object Markup Language" and "Geopriv Authorization
Policies" are two of six new Internet Drafts published as candidate
work by members of the IETF Geographic Location/Privacy (GEOPRIV)
Working Group. This IETF WG was chartered to assess authorization,
integrity, and privacy requirements relevant to IETF protocols used in
location-aware contexts. XACML 1.0 is proposed for expressing Geopriv
Location Object access policies.

ebXML Registry Specifications Support Federation and Content
Management Services.
The OASIS ebXML Registry TC has advanced its "Registry Services
Specification" and "Registry Information Model" documents to CS level.
V2.5 supports content based event subscription and notification;
content management services; a distributed registry based upon a
federated model, including federated query support and
linking/replication of content/metadata among registries. XACML 1.0
provides for fine-grained access control and authorization.

OASIS Members Form Materials Markup Language Technical Committee.
OASIS has announced the formation of a new Materials Markup Language
Technical Committee. The goal of the MML TC is to enhance the e-
business needs of materials producers, designers, fabricators, quality
assurance, and failure analysis specialists by developing an XML-based
standard markup language for the exchange of all types of materials
technical information. NIST's MatML Schema specification will be
evaluated by the new OASIS TC.

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

"XML Network Management Interface." By Weijing Chen and Keith Allen
(SBC Labs). IETF Netconf Working Group, Internet Draft. Reference:
'draft-weijing-netconf-interface-00'. June 2003, expires December
2003. 23 pages. This document describes XML network management
interface between network managed system and network managing system.
The XML network management interface is intended for use in diverse
network environment where transport and data model requirements vary
"Systinet Boosts Secure Web Services. WASP Server 4.6 is Released." By
Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (June 26, 2003). Systinet has announced
general availablity of WASP Server for Java 4.6, the company's Web
services infrastructure platform, featuring improved security. It now
supports WS-Security. The product provides a platform for developing,
running, and managing Web services applications.
"Software AG Enhances XML Document Storage. Searching Improved in
Tamino." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 01, 2003). Software AG is
announcing Version 4.1.4 of Tamino XML Server, featuring better search
tools and an API for the C programming language. Tamino XML Server is
a platform for storing, publishing, and exchanging XML documents.
"XML Query (XQuery) Requirements." Edited by Don Chamberlin (IBM
Almaden Research Center), Peter Fankhauser (Infonyte GmbH) Massimo
Marchiori (W3C/MIT/University of Venice), and Jonathan Robie
(DataDirect). W3C Working Draft 27-June-2003. Produced for the W3C XML
Query Working Group. "This document specifies goals, requirements, and
usage scenarios for the W3C XML Query (XQuery) data model, algebra,
and query language. It also includes, for each requirement, a
corresponding status, indicating the current situation of the
requirement in the XML Query family of specifications... The usage
scenarios describe how XML queries may be used in various
environments, and represent a wide range of activities and needs that
are representative of the problem space to be addressed.
"Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Load and Save Specification
Version 1.0." Edited by Johnny Stenback (Netscape) and Andy Heninger
(IBM). W3C Working Draft 19-June-2003. This is a Last Call Working
Draft released by W3C DOM Working Group; comments are welcome through
31-July-2003. The specification defines the Document Object Model Load
and Save Level 3, a platform- and language-neutral interface that
allows programs and scripts to dynamically load the content of an XML
document into a DOM document and serialize a DOM document into an XML
"Gaining Perspective On Digital Identities." By Paul Desmond. In
Network World (June 30, 2003). You can build it, you can buy it, but
you can't escape the need for identity management... Identity
management involves dealing with individuals in an online world.
Ideally, it provides a single view of every individual across IT
systems throughout the organization.
"Sun Drives New Security Offering." By Dennis Fisher. In eWEEK (June
30, 2003). Sun Microsystems Inc. and PeopleSoft Inc. are set to
announce a new identity management solution that will tie human
resources and other back-office systems into the IT security
infrastructure. The goal: to help enterprises cut costs and maintain
tighter control over who accesses their networks.,3959,1140045,00.asp
"Using the Jakarta Commons, Part 1." By Vikram Goyal. From O'Reilly (June 25, 2003). ['Ever find yourself thinking "Someone's
surely solved this problem before?" That's the beauty of open source.
In this first of three articles, Vikram Goyal explores the Jakarta
Commons, mature and well-defined reusable Java components.'] The
Jakarta Commons is a Jakarta subproject that creates and maintains
independent packages unrelated to any other framework or product. The
packages are a collection of components that serve small, useful
purposes in their own right, and are usually server-centric.
"FTP Transport for Secure Peer-to-Peer Business Data Interchange over
the Internet." By Terry Harding and Richard Scott (Cyclone Commerce).
IETF EDIINT Working Group, Internet Draft. Reference: 'draft-ietf-
ediint-as3-00.txt'. March 2003, expires October 2003. This document
describes how to exchange structured business data securely using FTP
transfer for XML, Binary, Electronic Data Interchange, (EDI - either
the American Standards Committee X12 or UN/EDIFACT, Electronic Data
Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) or other data
describable in MIME used for business to business data interchange.
The data is packaged using standard MIME content-types.
"Management Standards: Keeping an Open Mind." By Denise Dubie. In
Network World (June 30, 2003). Customer demand for open software is
driving countless vendors, such as HP, IBM and Microsoft, to work more
closely with industry organizations to develop common protocols,
languages and industry standards for network and systems management.
"New Java Aims to Simplify." By Stephen Shankland. In CNET
(June 30, 2003). Sun Microsystems has released a new version of its
Java for desktop computers that aims to make the software faster, more
familiar in appearance, and less daunting for nonprogrammers. The new
version 1.4.2 will include buttons, menu bars, and other graphical
elements that match the feel of Windows XP or the Gnome interface to
"Web-based XML Editing with W3C XML Schema and XSLT, Part 2." By Ali
Mesbah and Arjan Vermeij. From (June 25, 2003). Generating
instance document-editing GUIs from schemas is a commonly requested
feature; this week we have a follow-up to Ali Mesbah's first article
about using XSLT and W3C XML schema to create HTML GUIs for editing.
This latest installment covers what was missed from the first part:
how to create a new document from scratch, and how to add elements
into a document.
"Finding IDs." By John E. Simpson. From (June 25, 2003). In
this installment of his monthly XML Q&A column John explains how to
use XPath with XML IDs.
"How (Not) to Grow a Technology." By Kendall Grant Clark. From
(June 25, 2003). Kendall Clark ponders how to grow a technology,
especially an XML one. Do you opt for death-by-committee, or obscurity
via community chaos? Clark covers the new community initiative afoot
to throw away the troubled RSS specifications and reinvent one which
has true consensus.
"Software Patent Vote Delayed." By Matthew Broersma. In CNET
(June 30, 2003). The European Parliament, facing mounting controversy
over U.S.-style software-patenting legislation, has delayed a key vote
until September 2003. A Monday vote on a controversial software
patents proposal in the European Parliament has been put back amidst
criticism that the legislation would institute a U.S.-style patent
regime that would be detrimental to European small businesses and
open-source software developers.
"Interview: Java Apps Revolve Around Sun. Sun's Rich Green, Jeff
Anders Discuss Project Relator, JavaFirst." By Mark Jones and Jeff
Anders. In InfoWorld (June 29, 2003). From Project Relator to an
internal program called JavaFirst, Sun believes it's time developers
started treating mobile devices like real computers. Mark Jones,
InfoWorld's executive news editor, spoke with Sun's Rich Green, vice
president of developer tools, and Jeff Anders, group marketing
manager, at June's JavaOne show.
"The Future of Mozilla Application Development." By David Boswell and
Brian King. From O'Reilly Mozilla DevCenter (June 27, 2003). Recently, announced a major update to its development roadmap. Some
of the changes in the new document represent a fundamental shift in
the direction and goals of the Mozilla community. In this article,
David Boswell and Brian King analyze the new roadmap, and demonstrate
how to convert an existing XPFE-based application into an application
that uses the new XUL toolkit.
"Architecting Security for Web Services." By Mark O'Neill (CTO, Vordel
Limited). In JavaPro Magazine [Fawcette Technical Publications] Volume
7, Number 8 (August 2003). The author examines the security challenges
of Web services and explains how to address them with security
architecture, including what it can offer going forward when XML
traverses firewalls. Three broad architectural options are available
for Web services security: XML Gateway, Interceptor, and custom coded.
"Producing Multiple Outputs from an XSL Transformation." By Oleg
Tkachenko (Software Engineer, MultiConn International Ltd). In
[Microsoft] Extreme XML (June 23, 2003). 17 pages. The author explains
how you can postprocess XSL transformation results into multiple
documents using the XslTransform and XmlTextWriter classes in the .NET
Framework. The idea behind implementing multiple outputs by
postprocessing is to introduce an additional custom layer, where
further transformation occurs between the XSLT processor and consumer
of the XSL Transformation results.
"Unlocking Information in Microsoft Office 2003 Using XML." By Chris
Kunicki and Charles Maxson (, and Frank C. Rice
(Microsoft Corporation). Posted June 30, 2003; created May 30, 2003.
17 pages. This article provides a technical review of the Unlocking
Information sample solution which comes with the Microsoft Office 2003
Beta 2 Content Development Kit (CDK). The sample is a Web-based
application built using ASP.NET to show how Microsoft Office 2003
documents can be processed externally of their respective
applications. Additionally, the sample demonstrates how Office
documents can be accessed or repurposed for uses that range beyond
Microsoft Office.
"BizTalk Server 2004 Stakes New Territory." By Jim Rapoza. In eWEEK
(June 30, 2003). The core piece of Microsoft's forthcoming Jupiter e-
business suite, BizTalk Server 2004, looks like it will also be one of
the premier business process management platforms available.
Microsoft's upgrade offers many significant improvements, including
finally supporting the XML Schema standard, which should expedite
business process integration.,3959,1141582,00.asp
"Smooth Talkers: Speech Integration Technology Gives Customers and
Employees Convenient Access to Back-End Data." By John Edwards. In CIO
Magazine (July 2003). Emerging Technology. A pair of emerging
technologies (VoiceXML and SALT) are also helping to advance voice
integration. Both specifications rely on Web technology to make it
easier to develop and deploy speech integration applications. VoiceXML
is an XML extension for creating telephone-based, speech-user
interfaces. SALT (Speech Application Language Tags) provides
extensions to commonly used Web-based markup languages, principally
"Memorandum for Multi-Domain PKI Interoperability." By Masaki Shimaoka
(ECOM Co., Ltd; Japan PKI Forum). IETF Network Working
Group. Request for Comments, Draft. Reference: 'draft-shimaoka-
multidomain-pki-00.txt'. June 2003. 14 pages. This memo is used to
share the awareness necessary to deployment of multi-domain PKI. The
scope of this memo is to establish trust relationship and
interoperability between plural PKI domains.
"SPML Eases Information Exchange." By Darran Rolls (Waveset
Technologies, Inc). In Network World (June 30, 2003). Provisioning is
the process of managing the allocation of system resources to
employees, partners and contractors as part of identity management.
The Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) is an XML-based
framework for exchanging user, resource and service provisioning
information between organizations.
"The Open Applications Group Integration Specification. OAGIS is a
Practical Use of XML to Enable Integration." By Michael Rowell (Chief
Architect, Open Applications Group). From IBM developerWorks, XML
zone. June 30, 2003. The Open Applications Group Integration
Specification (OAGIS) is an effort to provide a canonical business
language for information integration. It uses XML as the common
alphabet for defining business messages, and for identifying business
processes (scenarios) that allow businesses and business applications
to communicate.
"Microsoft to Discuss ID Management Plans." By Paul Roberts. In
InfoWorld (June 30, 2003). Microsoft will be making announcements
about its strategy for managing user identities that could well end
speculation about its plans for implementing federated identity
technology into its products. A spokeswoman for Oblix said that Oblix
would be part of Microsoft's plan.
"Web Services Taking Root in the Enterprise." By Peter Coffee. In
eWEEK (June 30, 2003). eWEEK Labs recently conducted a roundtable
discussion on Web services. Moderated by Technology Editor Peter
Coffee, the roundtable comprised key players in several areas of the
Web services space. The discussion centered on where Web services are
as a technology, where the industry is in achieving effective
consensus on standards, and how the business models are developing for
using those standards and technologies.,3959,1141561,00.asp
"XML and Content Management Systems." By James Robertson (Step Two
Designs). From Step Two Designs' KM Column (July 2003). With the rise
in popularity of both XML and content management systems (CMS), an
increasing number of tenders are specifying 'CMS must be built using
XML'. This article explores the role of XML in the context of content
management systems, focusing specifically on the business issues.

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

"Software AG's Tamino XML Server Offers Enhanced Support for Non-XML
Documents. Tamino XML Server Version 4.1.4 Provides Indexer to Better
Search Metadata for Microsoft Office and Sun StarOffice Documents."

"M-Tech Announces Availability of ID-Synch v2.0. Industry's Most
Flexible Access Management Solution Delivers Broadest Functionality."

"Meridian Project Systems Introduces New Business Process Management
(BPM) Solution. Proliance is a Revolutionary Enterprise BPM Solution
for Real Estate and Construction."

"Systinet Announces WASP Server for Java, 4.6 With Full Support For
WS-Security. WASP Provides Industry's Best Web Services Security,
Performance and Interoperability."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

AIIM 2004 Conference. March 8 - 10, 2004. Javits Convention Center,
New York, NY, USA.

Web Services Edge 2004 East International Conference & Expo.
February 24 - 26, 2004.  Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA.

XML Asia 2003. "XML: Empowering Economies."  October 6 - 7, 2003.
Seoul, Korea.

Oxford CSW XML Summer School 2003.  Fourth Annual Event.  July 27 -
31, 2003.  Wadham College, Oxford, UK.

First European Workshop on Object Orientation and Web Service (EOOWS).
July 21 - 25, 2003. Darmstadt, Germany.

SVG Open 2003. July 13 - 18, 2003.  Second Annual Conference on
Scalable Vector Graphics.  Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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

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