Cover Pages Newsletter September 09, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           September 09, 2003

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Featured News Stories

Recently featured news stories from the Cover Pages news at: [Full abstract] [Brief summary] [RSS]

OASIS WSS TC Approves Three Web Services Security Specifications for
Public Review.
The OASIS WSS TC announced a decision to begin public review of three
Web Services Security specifications. The approved documents move the
TC's work one step closer to making WS-Security an OASIS Standard. The
Core "SOAP Message Security" proposes a standard set of SOAP
extensions for use in building secure Web services to implement
message content integrity and confidentiality. Adjunct specs include
Username and X.509 Certificate Token profiles.

WWW2004: The Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference.
A Call for Participation has been issued in connection with The
Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2004), to be
held May 17-22, 2004 in New York. The technical program will include
refereed paper presentations, alternate track presentations, plenary
sessions, panels, and poster sessions. The main three-day conference
is preceded by two days of special topical tracks, tutorials, and
workshops; a Developers Day follows.

HP Integrates Industry Grid Standards Across All Enterprise Product
Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to enable its enterprise
infrastructure technologies for grid computing by incorporating
support for the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) and Globus
Toolkit. HP already collaborates with government and industry partners
in planetary scale grid computing projects. The company also announced
enterprise consulting for grid-based platforms, providing management,
deployment, and lifecycle support for grid architectures.

IPTC Releases Version 3.2 Preview for News Industry Text Format
A preview version of the NITF 3.2 DTD and documentation has been
released by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC).
The V3.2 DTD has support for Ruby and adds the 'xml:lang' attribute to
the "common" class. The News Industry Text Format (NITF) is an XML-
based vocabulary designed for the markup and delivery of news content
in a variety of ways, including print, wireless devices and the Web.
It is used in IPTC's NewsML.

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

"Semantic Web Enabled Web Services." By Dieter Fensel (University of
Innsbruck) and Christoph Bussler (Oracle Corporation). From the
Resources Collection of the Semantic Web Services Initiative (SWSI).
April 2003. 36 pages (slides). Web Services will transform the web
from a collection of information into a distributed device of
computation. In order to reach full potential, appropriate description
means for web services need to be developed. For this purpose we
developed a full-fledged Web Service Modeling Framework (WSMF) that
provides the appropriate conceptual model for developing and
describing web services and their composition.
"From UML to BPEL: Model Driven Architecture in a Web Services World."
By Keith Mantell (IT Architect, IBM). From IBM developerWorks, Web
Services. September 9, 2003. BPEL is an XML-based standard for
defining how you can combine Web services to implement business
processes. This article describes a new tool from the Emerging
Technologies Toolkit version 1.1 (ETTK) released on IBM alphaWorks
which takes processes defined in the Unified Modeling Language (UML)
and generates the corresponding BPEL and WSDL files to implement that
"XKMS Does the Heavy Work of PKI." By Rich Salz (DataPower
Technology). In Network World (September 08, 2003). Public-key
infrastructure is well suited for securing Web services, but PKI
deployment is too cumbersome and costly for the technology to achieve
widespread use. An upcoming XML Key Management Specification (XKMS)
standard from W3C aims to reduce the costs of PKI without sacrificing
its benefits; it borrows the best of PKI without reducing scalability
or security.
"WhereNet Adds BI to RFID Asset Management. Rules-Based Engine Uses
Wireless Tags to Help Companies Keep Track of Resources." By Ephraim
Schwartz. In InfoWorld (September 08, 2003). WhereNet, a Santa Clara
company that helps companies wirelessly track the location of
everything from shopping carts to shipping containers, is adding a
business intelligence, rules-based engine to its RFID location-based
"Cisco Extends IP Phone Lineup. New Features Include Color Display and
Touchscreen." By Stephen Lawson. In InfoWorld (September 09, 2003).
Desktop IP (Internet Protocol) phones inched closer to computing
platforms on Tuesday with Cisco Systems Inc.'s announcement of a phone
with a color touchscreen and the addition of XML application support
to two of its less expensive phones.
"The Color of IP Telephony. Cisco Debuts the First Voice-Over-IP Phone
With a Full-Color Touch Screen." By David M. Ewalt. In InformationWeek
(September 09, 2003). Cisco Systems introduced some color to the world
of IP telephony on Tuesday [2003-09-09], releasing the first-ever
voice-over-IP phone with a full-color touch screen... Because the
7970G has an improved display and can run programs written in XML, it
can be used for a number of applications where the presence of a
complete desktop PC might not be desired.
"Consultancies Aim to Ease Web Services Woes." By Jack McCarthy and Ed
Scannell. In InfoWorld (September 06, 2003). ['IT services companies
help deliver on the promise of a new computing paradigm. From
InfoWorld's Special Report on "Outsourcing Web Services", Web Services
on a Platter'] A couple of years ago, in the hype over Web services,
IT leaders were told that their prayers would at last be answered. A
simple set of XML-based protocols would enable IT to create reusable
application building blocks that could be recombined ad infinitum,
slashing application-development and maintenance costs. Of course,
that hasn't happened.
"Portal Vendors Rallying Around Standards." By Dennis Callaghan. In
eWEEK (September 5, 2003). "Vignette Corp. and Plumtree Software are
the latest to announce new products built on the Web Services for
Remote Portlets standard 1.0, which was ratified this week by OASIS.
WSRP 1.0 can be used for interoperability between .Net and Java-based
portal elements.,4149,1253157,00.asp
"Microsoft Moves Forward on DRM." By David Becker. In CNET
(September 04, 2003). Microsoft moved forward on its digital rights
management strategy this week, releasing the first of several Windows
add-ons associated with the technology and revealing pricing on its
server software for corporate rights management. A key part of the
company's strategy involves limiting access to digital files ranging
from office memos to software applications.
"Introducing the Portlet Specification, Part 2. The Portlet API's
Reference Implementation Reveals Its Secrets." By Stefan Hepper and
Stephan Hesmer. In JavaWorld (September 05, 2003). In this second and
final article of the JSR 168 portlet series, the authors move beyond
the Portlet API basics outlined in Part 1 to detail the API's
reference implementation (RI), known as Pluto.
"Don't Let DRM Lock You In. A Q and A with John Fowler, CTO, Sun
Software." By John Fowler. In Features: Sun News, Video, and Resources
(September 2003). Including a proprietary digital rights management
system into Microsoft Office means any data created in Microsoft
Office can only be readable and used by Microsoft tools, which means
you must use the Microsoft platform. You can think of Microsoft as
owning your data because in order to read your data you have to have
licensed technology from Microsoft and only Microsoft.
"IBM Exec Touts Need for BPEL Support, SOAs." By Barbara Darrow and
Elizabeth Montalbano. In CRN (September 02, 2003). Now that many
plumbing issues have been sorted out, it's time to bring business
process integration, transaction support and systems management into
the Web services realm, according to one IBM executive. Toward that
end, says Bob Sutor, IBM is building BPEL support as well as WS-
Security support into its WebSphere application server, Tivoli systems
management, and other IBM products.
"Web Services Standards Fail to Unite." By Martin LaMonica. In ZDNet
News (September 05, 2003). IBM and Microsoft are declining to come
onboard a unified Web services reliable-messaging specification,
preferring to make their own way. The OASIS Web Services Reliable
Messaging TC forged ahead on Thursday with the development of the WS-
Reliability specification without the backing of the industry
"XQuery from the Experts: Influences on the Design of XQuery. Book
Excerpt Explores the Origins of the XML Query Language." By Don
Chamberlin (IBM Fellow, Almaden Research Lab). From IBM
developerWorks, XML zone. September 03, 2003. Excerpted from Chapter
2, "Influences on the Design of XQuery," in the book XQuery from the
Experts: A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language (Addison-Wesley). Early
in its history, the W3C XML Query Working Group confronted the
question of whether XML is sufficiently different from other data
formats to require a query language of its own. This excerpted section
discusses differences between XML data and relational data from the
point of view of a query language.
"XML Matters: TEI -- the Text Encoding Initiative. An XML Dialect for
Archival and Complex Documents." By David Mertz (Encoder, Gnosis
Software, Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. The Text Encoding
Initiative uses XML in the markup of literary and linguistic texts.
TEI allows useful abstractions of typographic features of source
documents, but in a manner that enables effective searching, indexing,
comparison, and print publication.
"HP Buys Talking Blocks. Web Services Management Technology Gained."
By Matt Hamblen. In InfoWorld (September 04, 2003). Hewlett-Packard
announced Wednesday that it has signed a deal to acquire San
Francisco-based Talking Blocks for its Web services management
"Auto Industry Portal Kicks Into High Gear." By Ellen Messmer. In
Network World (September 01, 2003). The Big Three automakers are
finally ready to make Covisint, the business-to-business Web portal
they founded three years ago to reach suppliers, the central engine in
their e-commerce and messaging systems.
"IBM in New Push For On-Demand Computing." By Peter Judge. In
Techworld (September 03, 2003). IBM is set for a new campaign to sell
'utility computing' or, so-called, computing on demand. This much-
touted phrase stands for the concept whereby data centres (including
storage, networking and server capacity) can be allocated to different
tasks to increase efficiency.
"Self-Healing Systems." By Colleen Frye. In Application Development
Trends (September 01, 2003). The idea of delivering IT resources on an
as-needed basis to respond to the peaks and valleys of demand has been
bandied about for years. Recently, leading platform vendors have all
rolled out plans for the data center of the future and are starting to
deliver technology that will make this vision possible.
"Proposed Provisioning Technology Set To Go." By John Fontana. In
ComputerWorld (September 04, 2003). The proposed Service Provisioning
Markup Language (SPML) 1.0 standard set for ratification by OASIS is
designed to help network executives break the logjam that holds back
interoperability among current provisioning systems.
"HP to Grid-Enable Entire Product Line." By Jeffrey Burt. In eWEEK
(September 4, 2003). Hewlett-Packard is adding to its Adaptive
Enterprise strategy this week by announcing plans to grid-enable its
entire product line; HP will integrate the Globus Toolkit as well as
the OGSA standard v3.0 into its entire line of consumer and commercial
products, from handheld devices up to its largest servers.,4149,1241010,00.asp
"HP to Grid-Enable All Systems, Offers Grid Services." By James
Niccolai. In Network World Fusion (September 4, 2003). HP has
reiterated its broad commitment to grid computing, saying it will add
grid capabilities to all of its systems over the next two to three
years and will broaden its service offerings to help businesses adopt
the grid computing model.
"Key Standards For Web Services-Enabled Portals Nearing Final
Approval. JSR 168, WSRP Being Prepped for Industry Adoption." By
Elizabeth Montalbano. In CRN (September 03, 2003). Two key technology
standards that link Web services to portals are a step closer to final
approval by their respective standards bodies. Software support is
being announced for JSR 168 and Web Services for Remote Portlets
"Microsoft's Patent Loss Rattles Tech Community. Company Says it is
Responding by Making Changes to Internet Explorer." By Paul Roberts.
In InfoWorld (September 03, 2003). Companies with products that work
on the Internet are slowly waking up to the broad implications of a
recent judgement against software behemoth Microsoft Corp. in a patent
infringement case. The verdict could spell trouble for a wide range of
popular Web-based products and services.

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

"Advent 3B2 Launches 3B2-FO, A New XSL-FO Rendering Tool, At Seybold
San Francisco 2003."

"Cisco Systems Unveils Color IP Telephone, A Powerful New Platform for
Network-Based Productivity Applications. XML Developers at Cisco ITC
Expo Demonstrate Advanced Business Applications on Cisco IP Phones."

"Ipedo Announces New Multi-Source Enterprise Information Integration
(EII) Capabilities. Completes Industry-First Realtime Assimilation of
Oracle 9i, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server and Web Services Data."

"PureEdge, ACORD Work Together to Provide Insurance Brokers and
Companies with Greater Efficiency in Data Collection and Management.
Development of ACORD XML Forms to Cut Processing Time and Operational
Costs, Improve Data Accuracy."

"Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC and Oracle Showcase Reliable Web Services.
OASIS Members Demonstrate Successful Interoperability of Reliable
Messaging for Web Services at Technical Committee Meeting."

"HP Advances Grid Strategy for the Adaptive Enterprise. HP Systems to
be Grid-enabled. Grid Services to Simplify Use, Management of
Infrastructure Resources."

"Systinet WASP Developer, 4.6 Extends Popular Java IDEs for Web
Services Creation, Supports SOAP 1.2, WS-Security."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

WWW2004. The Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference. May
17-22, 2004.  New York Sheraton, New York, NY, USA.

ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2003. November 20 - 22, 2003.
INRIA Rhône-Alpes Research Unit, Grenoble, France.

ER 2003. 22nd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling.
October 13 - 16, 2003.  DoubleTree North Shore Hotel, [Skokie]
Chicago, Illinois, USA.

FTP Enterprise Architecture Summit 2003.  October 12 - 14, 2003.
Westin Mission Hills Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA.

XML in the News. (XML UK) Conference. "How XML is Being
Implemented in Newspapers and Related Media." October 7, 2003. The
Magic Circle, Euston, London, UK.

The Cocoon GetTogether, Edition 2003.  October 7, 2003.  Ghent,

SpeechTEK 2003.  September 29 - October 2, 2003.  New York Marriott
Marquis, New York, NY, USA.

DC-2003. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Annual Conference.
"Supporting Communities of Discourse and Practice:  Metadata Research
and Applications."   September 29, 2003 - October 2, 2003.  Seattle,
Washington, USA.

Washington Area SGML/XML Users Group XML Authoring/Editing Forum.
September 29, 2003. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, USA.

W3C Workshop on Binary Interchange of XML Information Item Sets.
September 24 - 26, 2003. Santa Clara, California, USA.

ICWS-Europe 2003. The International Conference on Web Services -
Europe 2003.  "Web Services Architectures, Infrastructures and
Applications."  September 23 - 24, 2003. Erfurt, Germany.

Center for Information-Development Management Fifth Annual Best
Practices Conference.  September 22 - 24, 2003. Edgewater Hotel,
Seattle, WA, USA.

EDOC 2003. Seventh IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object
Computing Conference.  September 16 - 19, 2003.  Brisbane, Australia.

Inaugural EPC Executive Symposium.  September 15 - 17, 2003.
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA.

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