Cover Pages Newsletter July 15, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           July 15, 2003

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Security Featured in Microsoft Web Services Enhancements Version 2.0
Technology Preview.
Microsoft has released Web Services Enhancements V2.0 Technology
Preview. WSE 2.0 includes a policy framework, enhanced security model,
message-oriented programming model, and support for multiple hosting
environments. WSE provides a foundation for building applications
based on Web services specifications published by Microsoft and
industry partners including WS-Security, WS-Policy, WS-SecurityPolicy,
WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation and WS-Addressing.

Enhanced Adobe XML Architecture Supports XML/PDF Form Designer and XML
Data Package (XDP).
Adobe has announced XML/PDF form designer software and an enhanced
XML-based architecture for creating intelligent electronic documents.
Leveraging the power of PDF, the form design software will enable
organizations to define business logic and include user-defined XML
schemas in the design of intelligent forms. The XML Data Package (XDP)
files contain XML form data, XML form templates, PDF documents, and
other XML information.

Sleepycat Software Releases Berkeley DB XML Native XML Database.
Sleepycat Software has announced the general availability of Berkeley
DB XML, a data management solution based upon Berkeley DB. Berkeley DB
XML is designed for professional software developers who need a
transactional, recoverable data manager for native XML and semi-
structured data that is fast, cost-effective, and flexible. It
supports XPath 1.0 and other W3C standards for XML and XML Namespaces.
Source code is freely available for evaluation. Announces Open Source Project for Groupware Server
The Project announced the release of open source
server software and the formation of a new development community
supporting open-protocol groupware server software. OGo software will
interoperate with the software. It enables users to
share calendar, address book and e-mail information and to communicate
via IM, share folders, exchange documents, track changes, share a
whiteboard, and browse the Web.

Sun and Waveset Provide Identity Management Solution for PeopleSoft
Using SPML.
Sun Microsystems, Waveset Technologies, and PeopleSoft have announced
an expansion of the companies' strategic alliance to deliver an
integrated, standards-based identity management solution for use with
PeopleSoft applications. The integrated solution uses the Service
Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) and will support the ability to
initiate and manage the lifecycle of workforce identity information
from a single portal interface.

Microsoft Enhances Support for Speech Application Language Tags
Microsoft has announced new support for open-standards-based speech
technology, including a Speech Server, updated Speech Application
Software Development Kit (SASDK), Speech Server Beta Program, Early
Adopter Program, and training courses. Based upon the Speech
Application Language Tags (SALT) specification, the speech server has
Speech Engine Services and Telephony Application Services to support
unified telephony and multimodal applications.

IBM Releases Updated Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL)
Updated XML schemas and documentation have been published for IBM's
"Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL)" specification,
defining an interoperability language for exchanging privacy policy in
a structured format between applications or enterprises. EPAL V1.1 is
supported by an open source Privacy Authoring Editor which enables
companies to author/edit privacy policies conforming to EPAL,
including complex privacy rules.

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

"Testing Structural Properties in Textual Data: Beyond Document
Grammars." By Felix Sasaki and Jens Poenninghaus (Universitaet
Bielefeld). [Pre-publication draft of paper published] in Literary and
Linguistic Computing Volume 18, Issue 1 (April 2003), pages 89-100. In
this paper, we complement the concept of grammatical constraints with
a methodology for defining and applying structural constraints from
the perspective of a single element. Modelling co-referential
relations between textual units with a Context Specification Document
(CSD) can help to maintain consistency in textual data and to explore
the linguistic properties of co-reference.
"Identifying Metadata Elements with URIs: The CORES Resolution." By
Thomas Baker (Birlinghoven Library, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and Makx
Dekkers (PricewaterhouseCoopers). In D-Lib Magazine Volume 9, Number
7/8 (July/August 2003). the maintainers of Global Information Locator
Service (GILS), ONIX, MARC 21, CERIF, DOI, IEEE/LOM, and Dublin Core
report on their implementations of the CORES resolution and highlight
issues of relevance to establishing good-practice conventions for
declaring, identifying, and maintaining metadata elements.
"Using the OAI-PMH ... Differently." By Herbert Van de Sompel (Digital
Library Research and Prototyping, Los Alamos National Laboratory),
Jeffrey A. Young (OCLC Office of Research), and Thomas B. Hickey (OCLC
Office of Research). In D-Lib Magazine Volume 9, Number 7/8
(July/August 2003). The OAI-PMH has been widely accepted, and until
recently, it has mainly been applied to make Dublin Core metadata
about scholarly objects contained in distributed repositories
searchable through a single user interface. This article describes
innovative applications of the OAI-PMH that we have introduced in
recent projects.
"IBM Introduces EPAL for Privacy Management." By John Fontana. In
Network World (July 09, 2003). IBM has introduced a set of tools that
will help companies automatically set and manage privacy policies that
govern access to sensitive data stored in corporate applications and
databases. The new XML-based programming language called Enterprise
Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL) allows developers to build
policy enforcement directly into enterprise applications.
"New OpenOffice on the Threshold." By David Becker. In CNET
(July 15, 2003). The first major upgrade of OpenOffice moved a step
closer with the introduction of a near-final version of the revamped
open-source software.
"Startup Unveils New Web-Services Language." By Charles Babcock. In
InformationWeek (July 15, 2003). A startup called Clear Methods has
produced Water, an XML programming language, and a run-time
environment for Water code, called Steam Engine, which it's offering
as part of a pure Web-services platform.
"Microsoft Previews Upgraded Web Services Pack. Security to Get
Boost." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 15, 2003). Microsoft has
released a preview of an upcoming update to its Web Services
Enhancements (WSE) kit, focusing on security.
"Microsoft Bolsters Web Services Security." By Martin LaMonica. In
CNET (July 15, 2003). Microsoft has released a toolkit
designed to help software programmers tighten security in Web services
applications. The toolkit, called Web Services Enhancements (WSE)
version 2, will let companies use the latest security capabilities
from Microsoft and other software giants.
"Computer Associates Tackles Web Services Management. Tool Released
for Discovery, Monitoring." By Brian Fonseca. In InfoWorld (July 14,
2003). In an effort to overcome complexities associated with Web
services management, Computer Associates on Monday introduced
Unicenter Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) 1.0, a tool
designed to automatically discover and monitor Web services.
"CA Unveils Web Services Management Technology." By Steven Burke and
Heather Clancy. In InternetWeek (July 15, 2003). Computer Associates
International has announced several new products for facilitating Web
services, including Unicenter WSDM, a new management product designed
to monitor and track Web services.
"Adobe Expands E-Forms Push." By David Becker. In CNET (July
15, 2003). Publishing software giant Adobe Systems on Tuesday
announced a new electronic forms application that appears to be aimed
at Microsoft's upcoming InfoPath product.
"Adobe Outlines XML Forms Plans." [Edited] By Patricia Evans. In The
Bulletin: Seybold News and Views on Electronic Publishing Volume 8,
Number 41 (July 16, 2003). Seeking to counter the rumors that
Microsoft's forthcoming XML forms product (now called InfoPath) means
the death of PDF, Adobe this week departed from typical practice and
discussed a product that's at least six months away from delivery.
"Liberty Alliance Offers Advice on External ID Federation. The
Guidelines Explain How Companies Should Work Together on the ID
Effort." By Scarlet Pruitt. In Computerworld (July 10, 2003). The
Liberty Alliance Project released Liberty Alliance Business Guidelines
guidelines describing how companies should include business partners
and customers in their networks, saying it's crucial for the
advancement of Web services.,10801,82945,00.html
"Microsoft Shifts TrustBridge Towards WS- Roadmap." By Gavin Clarke.
In Computer Business Review Online (July 15, 2003). Microsoft Corp is
changing the direction of TrustBridge for Active Directory to fit the
WS- roadmap jointly authored with IBM Corp, and is targeting a 2005
release date for the technology.
"Serialize XML Data. Saving XML Data Using DOMWriter in XML for the
C++ Parser." By Tinny Ng (System House Business Scenarios Designer,
IBM Toronto Laboratory). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. July 15,
2003. ['IBM developer Tinny Ng uses examples to show how to serialize
XML data into different types of output streams with different
"XML for Data: Reuse it or Lose it, Part 3. Realize the Benefits of
Reuse." By Kevin Williams (CEO, Blue Oxide Technologies, LLC). From
IBM developerWorks, XML zone. July 08, 2003. In the final installment
of this three-part column, the author looks at some of the ways you
can take advantage of the reusable XML components.
"Tip: Send and Receive SOAP Messages with SAAJ. Java API Automates
Many of the Steps Required in Generating and Sending Messages
Manually." By Nicholas Chase (President, Chase & Chase, Inc). From IBM
developerWorks, XML zone. July 10, 2003. The author shows you how to
use the SOAP with Attachments API for Java (SAAJ) to simplify the
process of creating and sending SOAP messages. SAAJ is an offshoot of
the Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM) and automates many of the
required steps, such as creating connections or creating and sending
the actual messages.
"Use RosettaNet Based Web services, Part 1: BPEL4WS and RosettaNet.
How to Instantly Add Years of E-Business Experience and Expertise to
Your Web Services." By Suhayl Masud (Founder and Lead Architect,
Different Thinking). From IBM developerWorks, Web services (July 15,
2003). This series of articles demonstrates the creation of a real e-
business dialogue by leveraging the industry leading e-business
process specifications from RosettaNet, and translating them to Web
services using the expressive and flexible BPEL4WS.
"Sleepycat Boosts Database." By Lisa Vaas. In eWEEK (July 14, 2003).
Sleepycat Software Inc. has tossed its open-source database into the
XML ring with the release of code for Berkeley DB XML, a native XML
database that's built on top of the open-source embedded database,
Berkeley DB.,3959,1191757,00.asp
"Using WSDL in a UDDI Registry, Version 2.0." By John Colgrave (IBM)
and Karsten Januszewski (Microsoft). Edited by Anne Thomas Manes and
Tony Rogers (Computer Associates). Technical Note produced and
approved by the OASIS UDDI Specification Technical Committee. Document
Identifier: uddi-spec-tc-tn-wsdl-v2. 42 pages. This document is an
OASIS UDDI Technical Note that defines a new approach to using WSDL in
a UDDI Registry; its purpose is to clarify the relationship between
WSDL and UDDI and to describe a recommended approach to mapping WSDL
descriptions to the UDDI data structures.
"The Politics of Open-Source Software." By Declan McCullagh. In CNET (July 14, 2003). "Mike Wendy, spokesman and policy counsel
for the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), says he just wants to
make sure government agencies don't unduly favor open-source or free
programs over proprietary software. Bruce Perens says the ISC is going
beyond its 'neutrality' claim and is lobbying against open-source
software; he's created a rival organization, Sincere Choice, to oppose
"Novell and Microsoft Embrace IDs." By Dennis Fisher. In eWEEK (July
07, 2003). Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. are jockeying for position
in a market that rapidly is becoming one of the key battlegrounds for
winning and keeping customers: identity management.,3959,1179198,00.asp
"Open-Source Groupware Aims at Exchange." By Mark Hachman. In eWEEK
(July 11, 2003). In the spirit of the OpenOffice assault on Microsoft
Office, a group of independent developers has begun an open-source
groupware project intended to provide an alternative to Microsoft's
Exchange Server.,3959,1190334,00.asp
"WS-I Discusses Interoperable Web Services." By Allison Taylor. In
ComputerWorld Australia (July 14, 2003). The speed and extent of Web
services adoption depends on the success of making them interoperable,
the president and chairman of the Web Services Interoperability
Organization (WS-I) said at a roundtable discussion on Web services in
"Creating Email Templates with XML." By Rafe Colburn. From O'Reilly (July 09, 2003). Web applications typically need the
ability to send email. This article and the accompanying code attempt
to take as much pain as possible out of the process for you by
providing a generic framework (Jakarta Commons Digester package) that
enables you to create email templates using XML files and send them.
"BEA Strong on WS-Security, Supports Liberty." By Gavin Clarke. In
(July 10, 2003). Scott Dietzen, BEA Systems Inc's chief technology
officer is steering a middle course on a jointly authored web services
roadmap with IBM Corp and Microsoft Corp; he urged customers to
critically examine whether suppliers are committed to IBM and
Microsoft's WS-Security specification.
"Thailand Links Up With Singapore Over ebXML." By Pongpen Sutharoj,
Suchalee Pongprasert. In The Nation (July 14, 2003). Thailand and
Singapore are collaborating to set the standard of information
interchange using ebXML to allow the two countries to do business by
paperless processes. The move aims to encourage the exchange of data
using ebXML in the areas of international trading and tourism.
"Burton Group Speakers Debate Web Services. Security Remains a
Concern." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 11, 2003). Speakers at the
Burton Group Catalyst Conference 2003 debated the pros and cons of Web
services-based application integration, illustrating the diversity of
opinions still surrounding the technology.
"Microsoft Pitches Voice Specification. SALT Support Trumps Voice XML
as Speech Server Sounds Return of Enterprise Voice." By Ephraim
Schwartz. In InfoWorld (July 11, 2003). Due for manufacturing release
before mid-2004, the Microsoft Speech Server product will include a
text-to-speech engine from SpeechWorks -- Microsoft's own speech-
recognition engine -- and a telephony interface manager.
"Microsoft Plans Web Services Spec Meeting. WS-ReliableMessaging to be
Scrutinized." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 11, 2003). On July 15,
2003 Microsoft plans to hold a summit meeting at its Redmond campus to
seek input on the Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-
ReliableMessaging) specification for Web services-based integration.
"Provisioning the Future at the Catalyst Conference." By Anne Chen. In
eWEEK (July 11, 2003). While identity management was the headliner at
this week's Burton Group Catalyst Conference, the demonstration of the
OASIS Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) could have a larger
impact on enterprises in the near future.,3959,1190553,00.asp
"Security This Week: Identity, Privacy, And Spam 'Sucker' Lines. IBM,
BMC Bring Security Technologies to the Fore." By Paul Roberts. In
InfoWorld (July 11, 2003). The Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San
Francisco brought a spate of announcements from companies operating in
the hot area of identity management and data privacy.
"Microsoft Releases Speech Server Beta. Company Looks to Integrate
Call Centers With Web." By Stephen Lawson. In InfoWorld (July 10,
2003). Microsoft is moving moved toward the integration of call
centers and the Web with the release of the Microsoft Speech Server
beta. The software platform is designed to host voice-based services
similarly to the way Web servers host a company's Web site, as well as
supporting multimodal applications.
"Meeting the Challenge: Web Services Technologies and Business Value."
By Bob Sutor (IBM, Director of WebSphere Infrastructure Software).
From (July 10, 2003). Focus: XML. Web services can be
defined without mentioning specific operating systems, programming
languages, tools, databases or CRM systems. This article describes the
business requirements that Web services are being designed to meet,
and it may uncover places in your business where Web services are now
or will soon be applicable.
"Computer Associates to Hand Off Open Security Exchange to IEEE. Move
Makes Organization More Public, Company Says." By Paul Roberts. In
InfoWorld (July 10, 2003). Three months after launching a cross-
industry group to develop standards for integrating physical and
information technology (IT) security, Computer Associates
International is handing off management of that group to the Industry
Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO). IEEE will assume
administrative control of the Open Security Exchange (OSE).
"New Group Releases Open Source Groupware. Project Called a Microsoft
Exchange Replacement." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 10, 2003).
" (OGo) has announced its formation and release of
groupware server software under an open source format. An official at, a complementary project for building an open source
office suite, calls the OGo project a replacement for Microsoft
"Identity Management Front and Center At Catalyst." By Gregg Keizer.
In TechWeb News (July 10, 2003). Identity management got a series of
shots in the arm on Tuesday as several companies made announcements at
the Burton Group's Catalyst conference in San Francisco. Novell,
Microsoft, IBM, Liberty Alliance, Sun, and others released updated
information about their identity management solutions.
"A Survey of APIs and Techniques for Processing XML." By Dare
Obasanjo. From (July 09, 2003). In recent times the landscape
of APIs and techniques for processing XML has been reinvented as
developers and designers learn from their experiences and some past
mistakes. This article provides an overview of the current landscape
of techniques for processing XML and runs the gamut from discussing
old mainstays, such as push model APIs and tree model APIs as
exemplified by SAX and DOM, to newer participants in the XML world
such as cursor APIs and pull model parsers.
"Liberty Alliance Cites Business Issues in Network Identity. Group
Publishes Guidelines." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (July 10, 2003).
The Liberty Alliance has publisged a document emphasizing that
business issues, not just technology, affect federated network
identity. Released at the Catalyst conference in San Francisco, the
Business Guidelines document cites four business requirements to
consider in the context of identity federation.
"IBM, Microsoft Publish Web Services Identity Specification." By John
Fontana. In Network World (July 08, 2003). IBM and Microsoft on
Tuesday published the fifth of an eventual seven specifications that
will work in unison to help corporations deploy secure and
interoperable Web services. The new WS-Federation specification is
designed to standardize the way companies share user and machine
identities among disparate authentication and authorization systems
spread across corporate boundaries.
"Liberty Answers Microsoft Evangelism." By Gavin Clarke. In Computer
Business Review Online (July 10, 2003). The Liberty Alliance Project
has insisted its specifications for federated network identity are
modular and flexible, contrary to the claims of Microsoft Corp.
"Transclusion with XSLT 2.0." By Bob DuCharme. From (July 09,
2003). Transclusion is a hypertext concept that began in the work of
Ted Nelson, who coined the term 'hypertext'. Roughly speaking,
transclusion is the inclusion of a resource, or part of a resource,
potentially from anywhere in the world, within a new one. XSLT 2.0
lets you embed an XSLT template rule in a document to effectively
include a remote document.
"O'Reilly Gazes Into the Future of Open Source." By Peter Galli. In
eWEEK (July 09, 2003). There has been an enormous paradigm shift
around open source, according to Tim O'Reilly, president of O'Reilly &
Associates Inc. He said that the shift started when IBM introduced the
first PC, with change in the PC industry now driven by low-cost
hardware and the commodity model.,3959,1187612,00.asp
"OASIS Takes the Wraps Off SPML." By Michael Singer. In (July 09, 2003). At the Burton Group's Catalyst
conference, members of OASIS demonstrated the interoperability of
service provisioning using its latest specification: Service
Provisioning Markup Language (SPML). The technology was designed to
work with the World Wide Web Consortium's SOAP, the OASIS Standard
SAML, the OASIS WS-Security specification, and other open standards.
"Microsoft Revives TrustBridge for Web Services Role." By John
Fontana. In Network World (July 09, 2003). Microsoft is dusting off
its year-old and mostly forgotten TrustBridge technology and recasting
it as middleware to support federation of identities across disparate
platforms. TrustBridge will become a security server capable of
producing a user authentication and authorization token in a variety
of formats.

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

"Corel Smart Graphics Studio 1.1 Update Now Available."

"Adobe Advances Intelligent Documents with New XML/PDF Form Design
Software. New Software Takes Advantage of Adobe's XML Architecture to
Enable Easy Creation and Deployment of Intelligent Electronic
Documents in PDF and XDP."

"Microsoft Releases Technology Preview of Web Services Enhancements
Version 2.0. Company Adds New Security Capabilities for Developers
Building Advanced Web Services."

"CA Ensures Performance, Reliability and Security of Web Services With
New Unicenter and eTrust Solutions. Five Advanced Management and
Security Offerings Enable IT Organizations To Optimize Service Levels
for Enterprise and Customer- Facing Systems."

"Sleepycat Software Launches Native XML Data Manager Built on the
Proven Berkeley DB Engine. 'No-compromises' Native XML Database
Attracts Thousands to Beta Program, Including BEA Systems, Boeing,
EDS, Leadscope and TELOS."

"New Project Formed: SKYRIX Open Sources its
Groupware Server."

"BEA Co-Authors WS-Federation, Demonstrating Continued Standards

"Report Finds Liberty Alliance Standard Helps Financial Institutions
Extend Trusted Relationships and Enable New Online Businesses.
Independent Study Sponsored by Leading Banks and Industry Vendors
Demonstrate SAML and Liberty Alliance Ready to Meet Banks' Business

"BMC Software Enhances Provisioning Solution. Marked By Industry
First, Enhancements Ease Provisioning Management Challenges."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

XML Database Symposium (XSym 2003).  September 8, 2003.  The Humboldt-
Universitaet zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

The Fourth Open Archives Forum Workshop. "In Practice, Good Practice:
the Future of Open Archives."  September 4 - 5, 2003. UKOLN,
University of Bath, UK.

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.

2003 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. August 4 - 7, 2003.  The Moscone
Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Open Publish 2003. Third Annual Conference for Standards and Process
in Publishing.  July 28 -31, 2003.  Star City Casino, Darling Harbour,
Sydney, Australia.

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.

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