Cover Pages Newsletter July 08, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           July 08, 2003

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Liberty Alliance Publishes Business Requirements and Guidelines for
Identity Federation.
The Liberty Alliance Project has released "Business Guidelines:
Raising the Business Requirements for Wide Scale Identity Federation",
described as the first in a series of documents the Alliance is
developing to provide global businesses guidance on deploying
federated identity solutions. Principal business requirements
identified as critical to identity federation include mutual
confidence, risk management, liability assessment, and compliance.

Web Services Federation Language Provides Federated Identity Mapping
A new "Web Services Federation Language (WS-Federation)" specification
has been published which defines mechanisms used to enable identity,
account, attribute, authentication, and authorization federation
across different trust realms. WS-Federation with its two supporting
profiles extends the WS-Trust model to allow attributes and pseudonyms
to be integrated into the token issuance mechanism to provide
federated identity mapping mechanisms.

RealNetworks Releases Source Code for Synchronized Multimedia (SMIL).
RealNetworks Inc. has announced its contribution of SMIL source code
to developers in the Helix Community. Synchronized Multimedia
Integration Language (SMIL) is a W3C Recommendation which defines an
XML-based language that allows authors to write interactive multimedia
presentations. With the SMIL 2.0 open source code and the Helix DNA
Client, Helix developers can support the display of complex multimedia
presentations in their products.

OpenI18N Releases Locale Data Markup Language Specification (LDML)
Version 1.0.
An announcement from the Common XML Locale Repository Project
describes the version 1.0 release of the Locale Data Markup Language
Specification (LDML), designed to facilitate standardized data and
coding methods for software globalization. The Free Standards Group's
LADE Workgroup has produced the specification as part of its goal to
devise a general XML format for the exchange of linguistically and
culturally sensitive (locale) information.

Microsoft Announces Release of Microsoft Identity Integration Server
(MIIS) 2003.
Microsoft has announced the delivery of Identity Integration Server
(MIIS) 2003. MIIS enables the integration and management of identity
information across multiple repositories, systems, and platforms. It
augments Active Directory by managing provisioning and synchronizing
identity information, including passwords, and brokering changes to
identity information by automatically detecting updates and sharing
the changes across computing systems.

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

"Business Technology: Timing Is Everything In Making Jump To RFID." In
InformationWeek (July 07, 2003). Speaking at the recent Retail Systems
Conference, Mike DiYeso, chief operating officer of the Uniform Code
Council (UCC) urged the embrace of the rapidly emergent technology of
RFID, or radio-frequency identification. Some 30 years ago UCC began
pushing universal product codes that have since become ubiquitous in
things like scannable bar codes.
"World Wide Web Consortium Process Document." Edited by Ian Jacobs
(W3C). Produced by the W3C Advisory Board and reviewed by the W3C
Members and Team. June 18, 2003. The revised W3C Process Document
describes the organizational structure of the W3C and the processes
related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable
W3C to accomplish its mission.
"Tools for the Code Generation." By Johanna Ambrosio. In Application
Development Trends (July 01, 2003). Model-Driven Architecture, or MDA,
embodies the conundrum: Is the glass half full or is it half empty?
Even though the MDA standard is still evolving, many products claim to
be compliant with it and early adopters are developing apps with them.
"CSS3 Basic User Interface Module." Edited by Tantek Çelik (Microsoft
Corporation). W3C Last Call Working Draft 3-July-2003. CSS3 is a set
of modules, divided up and profiled in order to simplify the
specification, and to allow implementors the flexibility of supporting
the particular modules appropriate for their implementations. This
module describes selectors and CSS properties which enable authors to
style user interface related states, element fragments, properties and
"Microsoft, IBM Advance Web Services Specification. Security is Focus
of Proposal." By Ed Scannell. In InfoWorld (July 08, 2003). Building
on their previous efforts to create a framework for producing secure
and interoperable Web services, IBM, Microsoft, and several other
leading software companies announce a WS-Federation specification
intended to help corporate users simplify identity management.
"ID Management Sparks Catalyst. Microsoft, IBM Tackle Directories,
Privacy." By Brian Fonseca. In InfoWorld (July 07, 2003). Identity
management and the growing importance of directories in that paradigm
are featured in new vendor products being unveiled at this week's
Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San Francisco.
"In the Service of Cooperation." By Kendall Grant Clark. From O'Reilly (July 08, 2003). Kendall Grant Clark discusses
BPEL4WS and its competitors, WS-Choreography and DAML-S. He feels it
is unlikely that BPEL could crowd out all other competitors because it
is unlikely that any single technology could adequately fill every
niche of such a variegated space.
"Vox Populi: Web Services From the Grassroots." By Rich Salz. From
O'Reilly (July 08, 2003). "Last month, Sam Ruby
threw the blogging world into a tizzy when he created a wiki to serve
as the home for a new syndication format and protocol. Salz examines
the project 'Necho' (aka 'Echo', Pie'), looking at tradeoffs in XML
and web services design.
"Managing the Web Services Flow. Confluent Core 3.0 Provides
Centralized Control of Distributed Components." By Phillip J. Windley.
In (July 03, 2003). Core 3.0 from Confluent Software is a Web services
manager that tackles the 'decentralized components' problem by
providing a single point of configuration for far-flung Web service
components. The architecture of Confluent Core is as distributed as
the services that it manages.
"Burton Group Adds Web-Services Group." By Charles Babcock. In
InformationWeek (July 08, 2003). Application Platform Strategies, a
new business unit of the Burton Group, will focus on Web services. The
Application Platform Strategies unit is being added to Burtons two
existing units: Directory and Security Strategies, and Network and
Telecom Strategies.
"Debunking SAML Myths and Misunderstandings. Getting to Know the
Security Assertion Markup Language." By Frank Cohen (Founder,
PushToTest). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. July 08, 2003. At the
beginning of 2003, the OASIS group approved the Security Assertion
Markup Language (SAML) specification. In this article the author
describes and debunks some of the myths and misunderstandings
surrounding SAML.
"ID Management Poised for Next Stage." By John Fontana. In Network
World (July 07, 2003). Existing identity management practices and
standards in combination with Web services security protocols will
provide needed protection to support distributed computing between
corporations and their partners. That concept was one of the main
themes at the annual Burton Group Catalyst Conference.
"RSS Killed the Infoglut Star. At Last, A Way to Manage the Internet
Information Overload." By Chad Dickerson. In InfoWorld (July 03,
2003). Dickerson says: "Something profound is happening with the
delivery of information online with tools that leverage RSS. When I
started using an RSS newsreader daily, I began to spend almost no time
surfing to keep up with current technology information, and I was
suddenly able to manage a large body of incoming information with
incredible efficiency."
"Access to Property Records is a Hit." By Dibya Sarkar. In Federal
Computer Week (July 07, 2003). By using XML to integrate its legacy
database of property records into a new Web-based application,
Sacramento County's Clerk-Recorder division is providing the e-ROSI
Recorders Online Systems Index to lenders, banks, title companies and
others, allowing them to confirm the recording of documents via the
"Web Services Are Poised To Change Business." By Tony Kontzer. In
InformationWeek (July 01, 2003). While Web services are the odds-on
favorite to help create business agility, IT departments aren't
designed to change as quickly as the companies they support.
"Grid Computing Edges Into the Mainstream." By Darryl K. Taft. In
eWEEK (July 02, 2003). The Globus Project has announced the official
release of the Globus Toolkit 3.0 (GT3), which melds the worlds of
grid computing and Web services and helps bring grid computing into
more mainstream, commercial applications.,3959,1172065,00.asp
"XML Publishing with Cocoon 2, Part 1." By David Cummings and Collin
VanDyck. From O'Reilly (July 02, 2003). "Apache Cocoon is
essentially an XML-publishing framework; it facilitates the
generation, transformation, and serialization (delivery) of XML
"Active Intermediaries Can Halt the Finger-Pointing. XML Data Flows
and Active Intermediaries Fundamentally Alter the IT Political
Landscape." By Jon Udell. In InfoWorld (July 03, 2003). XML data flows
fundamentally alter the political landscape of IT, shifting the locus
of control away from the service endpoints and into the fabric of the
network itself. Active intermediation is the ideal way to monitor and
enforce a corporate or federal policy.
"[Easy Change of Address] One-Stop Shop." By Chee Sing Chan. In
ComputerWorld Hong Kong (July 02, 2003). The HKSAR government's simple
ECOA service allows citizens to update their contact addresses to 12
government departments and two business organizations simultaneously
from a single Web site.
"Bill Seeks Free Access to Federally Funded Research. Would Remove
Copyright Protection from Publicly Funded Material." By Grant Gross.
In InfoWorld (July 02, 2003). Scientific research paid for by the U.S.
government would be required to be given free to the public under a
bill introduced in US Congress by Representative Martin Olav Sabo, a
Minnesota Democrat.
"Self-Enhancing Stylesheets." By Manfred Knobloch. From (July
02, 2003). Developing new stylesheets can be a chore, and it would be
nice if you could tell your stylesheet to trace which tags from the
source document are not yet processed; XSLT version 2.0 can be used to
do this.
"BPEL: Make Your Services Flow. Composing Web Services into Business
Flow." By Doron Sherman (CTO, Collaxa, Inc). In Web Services Journal
Volume 3, Issue 7 (July 2003), pages 16-21. BPEL, a standard process
flow grammar, provides a new foundation for integration. It empowers
developers to tie transactional services, events, and user tasks into
easy-to-adapt business flows. This new genre of process-driven
applications moves enterprises closer to the realization of the agile
real-time enterprise.
"Using BPEL: What IT Managers Need to Know." By Derick Townsend (COO,
OpenStorm Software), Ryan Cairns (CTO, OpenStorm Software), and
Christoph Schittko (Momentum Software). In Web Services Journal Volume
3, Issue 7 (July 2003), pages 26-28. Business Process Execution
Language for Web services (BPEL4WS or BPEL) has quickly become the
dominant specification to standardize integration logic and process
automation between Web services. It has the potential to standardize
application-to-application integration and extend integration to
previously isolated systems; BPEL enables a whole new level of
corporate agility as it relates to integrating and switching external
vendors and services.
"Web Services Orchestration and Choreography. A Look at WSCI and
BPEL4WS." By Chris Peltz (HP Developer Resources Organization). In Web
Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 7 (July 2003), pages 30-35. With 4
figures. "Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI) and Business
Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) use
orchestration and choreography to reduce the inherent complexity of
connecting Web services together. WSCI takes more of a collaborative
and choreographed approach, requiring each participant in the message
exchange to define a WSCI interface. WSCI and BPEL4WS both meet many
of the same technical requirements, providing strong support for
persistence and correlation to manage conversations.
"Twenty-First Century Business Architecture. The Future is Here." By
Howard Smith (Europe CTO, Computer Sciences Corporation; Co-chair,
Business Process Management Initiative) and Peter Fingar (Executive
Partner, the Greystone Group). In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue
7 (July 2003), pages 10-14. By placing business processes on center
stage, as first class citizens in computing, corporations can gain the
capabilities they need to innovate, reenergize performance, and
deliver the value today's markets demand. Business process management
(BPM) systems discover what you do, and then manage the life cycle of
improvement and optimization in a way that translates directly to
"Introducing WS-Transaction Part II. Using Business Activities." By
Dr. Jim Webber and Dr. Mark Little (Arjuna Technologies Limited). In
Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 7 (July 2003), pages 6-9.
Previous articles introduced WS-Coordination, a generic coordination
framework for Web services, and showed how the WS-Coordination
protocol can be augmented to provide atomic transactionality for Web
services via the WS-Transaction Atomic Transaction model. This article
looks at support for extended transactions across Web services,
showing how these can be used to provide the basis for higher-level
business process management and workflow technology.
"Microsoft Revamps ID Management Offering. Windows Server Updated." By
Brian Fonseca and Paul Roberts. In InfoWorld (July 02, 2003).
Microsoft has placed a definitive stake in the lucrative identity
management market by unveiling a revamped version of its Meta
Directory product, dubbed Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003.
Microsoft also introduced 'Identity and Access Management Solution
Accelerator,' a new set of prescriptive guidelines created with
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP to help customers build and test identity
management infrastructures.
"Microsoft Throws Hat Into ID Management Ring." By Dennis Fisher. In
eWEEK (July 01, 2003). Microsoft Corporation is set to "announce its
new Identity Integration Server 2003, a stand-alone identity
management server meant for large enterprise deployments. The new
offering is Microsoft's first real jump into the ID management market
and comes at a time when a gaggle of vendors are all fighting for
sales and name recognition in the emerging space.,3959,1163269,00.asp
"Microsoft Overhauls Directories for ID Management." By Kevin Murphy.
In Computer Business Review Online (July 02, 2003). Microsoft Corp is
putting a renewed focus on identity management and simplicity in the
latest versions of two directory server products. The company will
start shipping a simplified Active Directory deployment option, as
well as a renamed and feature-expanded edition of Microsoft Metadata
Services (MMS), both designed for Windows Server 2003.

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

"New Burton Group Research Provides Practical Advice to Technologists
Implementing Application Platform Standardization. New Application
Platform Strategies Research & Advisory Service Focuses on the
Evolution of Enterprise Application Architectures."

"Liberty Alliance Releases Business Requirements and Guidelines for
Wide Scale Identity Federation. Business Consortium to Create 'Source
Library' for Business Partners to Securely and Responsibly Exchange
Identity Information Beyond Company Boundaries."

"Novell Releases Roadmap for Secure Identity Management Success.
Novell Offers New Architectural Guide to Help Customers Understand and
Logically Deploy the Essential Building Blocks of Secure Identity

"Novell Helps Business Partners Securely Share Identity Information on
the Web. Novell Ships the SAML Extension for Novell iChain, a
Federated Identity Management Service."

"RealNetworks Releases Industry Standard SMIL Source Code to Helix
Community. Helix Developers Can Now Easily Create Helix DNA Client
Products Supporting Synchronized Multimedia."

"Business Layers to Present SPML at Burton Catalyst North America
2003. Founding Member of Provisioning Services Technical Committee to
Present SPML in Conjunction with OASIS Ratification."

"OpenNetwork Announces Universal Identity Platform 5.0 For Unified,
End-to-End Identity Management. The Industry's Only .NET-based
Solution Leverages Microsoft and Web Services as Underlying Identity

"Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Released to Manufacturing.
Advanced Capabilities Integrate Identities and Automate Provisioning
Across Multiple Directories to Deliver More-Secure, Less-Expensive
Identity and Access Management."

"Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Hails Broad Industry
Support. Leading Systems Integrators, IHVs and ISVs Help Customers
Build Comprehensive and Cost-Effective Identity Management Solutions."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

HyperText '03.  The Fourteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and
Hypermedia.  August 26 - 30, 2003.  Jubilee Campus, University of
Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

KDD-2003. Ninth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge
Discovery and Data Mining. August 24 - 27, 2003.  Hilton Washington
and Towers, Washington, DC, USA.

XML Web Services One Boston. "Solutions for Practical XML Web Services
Development."  August 12 - 15, 2003. World Trade Center, Boston, MA,

Extreme Markup Languages 2003. August 4 - 8, 2003.  Hilton Hotel,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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

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

Twenty-Second ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing.
PODC 2003.  July 13 - 16, 2003. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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