Cover Pages Newsletter September 16, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           September 16, 2003

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 Featured News Stories
 Selected Articles and Papers
 Selected from the Press
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Featured News Stories

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

Updated Specifications for the Web Services Transaction Framework.
A revised "Web Services Coordination (WS-Coordination)" specification
has been published by Microsoft, BEA, and IBM, together with a new
"Web Services Atomic Transaction (WS-AtomicTransaction)" document. The
Atomic Transaction coordination type is used when strong isolation is
required until a transaction completes. A third "Web Services Business
Activity (WS-BusinessActivity)" document will be added to the Web
Services Transaction Framework.

IBM, Computer Associates, and Talking Blocks Release WS-Manageability
A three-part WS-Manageability specification has been released for
public review by IBM, Computer Associates, and Talking Blocks. The
specification has been provided as a submission to the OASIS WSDM TC
and to the Web service community in general. WS-Manageability is
designed to enhance manageability with XML and WSDL, uses existing
infrastructure mechanisms, is consistent with existing standards, and
does not specify implementation details.

Berkeley Center for Document Engineering (CDE) Promotes XML-Encodable
Business Models.
A new Center for Document Engineering has been established at UC
Berkeley as a focal point for research initiatives in XML and model-
based approaches to business computing. CDE will create, collect, and
disseminate XML schemas, software, best practices, and other content
for building web services and applications that allow business
semantics to drive IT systems and automate business processes. CDE's
first initiative is a UBL-based BABL.

Sun Announces J2EE V1.4 Support for WS-I Compliant Web Services
Sun Microsystems has announced the availability Java 2 Platform
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4 source code providing support
for the final WS-I Basic Profile and the J2EE programming model for
portable Web services applications. The source-code release includes
compatibility tests, allowing J2EE licensees to make progress on
implementing J2EE v1.4. WS-I interoperability specs are supported in
Sun's Java WSDP 1.2 and J2EE 1.4 SDK Beta 2.

Web Services for Remote Portlets Specification Approved as OASIS
OASIS has announced consortium approval of the "Web Services for
Remote Portlets Specification" V1.0 as an OASIS Standard, reflecting
the collaborative effort of some 25 OASIS member companies. WSRP
defines standard Web services interfaces and semantics for
interactive, presentation-oriented content services. The specification
allows the content consumers, such as portals, to access conformant
services without requiring service-specific code.

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

"Using XPath with SOAP." By Massimiliano Bigatti. From O'Reilly (September 16, 2003). Max Bigatti shows that we
don't always need heavyweight data binding for RPC-style SOAP
processing. With a working example he shows how Java's Jaxen XPath
processor can be used to implement a loosely coupled web service.
"Enabling Smart Objects: Breakthrough RFID-Enabled Supply Chain
Execution Infrastructure." Sun Microsystems White Paper: Sun and Auto-
ID. September 9, 2003. 32 pages. The Auto-ID standards will create a
cost-effective way to make the supply chain more efficient. This paper
provides an overview of the Auto-ID specification and its components,
what Sun has learned from initial trials, and what products and
technologies can be used to create an Auto-ID implementation.
"RFID: Driving Benefits Throughout the Supply Chain." By Norm Korey
(IBM Global Services). In Wireless Business and Technology Volume 3,
Issue 9 (September 2003). RFID is an emerging, advanced wireless
technology for item tagging that enables end-to-end asset awareness.
At its core, RFID uses tags, or transponders that, unlike bar code
labels, have the ability to store information that can be transmitted
wirelessly in an automated fashion to specialized RFID readers, or
"James Clark Unveils a New XML Mode for GNU Emacs." By Michael Smith.
From XMLHack (September 10, 2003). James Clark has announced the alpha
release of nXML, a new mode for editing XML documents from within GNU
Emacs. It's a milestone in that it's the first open-source editing
application to enable context-sensitive validated editing against
Relax NG schemas. It also provides a clever mechanism for real-time,
automatic visual identification of validity errors, along with
flexible syntax-highlighting and indenting capabilities.
"Chicago Show Heralds New 'Internet of Things'. Electronic Product
Code Network Launched at Conference." By Paul Roberts. In InfoWorld
(September 15, 2003). A Chicago symposium highlights technology that
may fuel the next 50 years of economic growth: a global network of
intelligent objects. The EPC (Electronic Product Code) Executive
Symposium marks the official launch of the Electronic Product Code
(EPC) Network, an open technology infrastructure developed by
researchers worldwide.
"IBM, Others Unveil RFID Offerings. Big Blue Will Offer Consulting and
Implementation Services for RFID." By Stephen Lawson. In InfoWorld
(September 15, 2003). IBM Corp. and a truckload of other vendors
joined the RFID (Radio Frequency ID) parade Monday at a meeting in
Chicago that is shaping up as a coming-out party for the object-
identification technology.
"Using XML Schemas Effectively in WSDL Design. Achieve a Higher Degree
of Portability With These Best Practices." By Chris Peltz and Mark
Secrist (HP Developer Resources). In XML Journal Volume 4, Issue 9
(September 2003). With source code. In this article, the authors will
focus on four specific areas of best practices that can be applied,
particularly in the use of XML Schemas in a Web services design: XML
Schema style, namespaces, XML and WSDL import for modularity, and use
of schema types for platform interoperability.
"Generation of XML Records across Multiple Metadata Standards." By
Kimberly S. Lightle and Judith S. Ridgway (Eisenhower National
Clearinghouse, Ohio State University, USA). In D-Lib Magazine
(September 19, 2003). This paper describes the process that Eisenhower
National Clearinghouse (ENC) staff went through to develop crosswalks
between metadata based on three different standards and the generation
of the corresponding XML records. The crosswalk between USMARC, IEEE
LOM, and DC-ED is included, as well as examples of the XML records.
"Problems Arise During UML 2.0 Finalization. Lack of Clarity,
Inability to Implement Specification Cited as Obstacles to Early
Adoption." By David Rubinstein. In Software Development Times
(September 15, 2003). The co-chairman of the task force working on the
finalization of UML 2.0 has acknowledged that two important problems
have emerged during this phase of review, but said they are being
fixed and the specification is expected to be released as an Object
Management Group Inc. available technology in April 2004.
"IBM Package Gets E-Commerce Right." By Jim Rapoza. In eWEEK
(September 15, 2003). IBM's powerful e-commerce application gives
enterprises all the capabilities they will need in a single platform
and does so without sacrificing quality.,4149,1265664,00.asp
"Saving the Browser. By Ray Ozzie. In Ray Ozzie's Weblog. September
12, 2003 [or later]. An account of Lotus Notes development in relation
to the Eolas lawsuit. Ray Ozzie says: "... For my own interest, and
for the record, I recently spent a little time pursuing my intuition
that Lotus Notes R3 might be viable prior art relative to the patent
in question. I am not an attorney, and I am surely not well versed in
the nuances of the case, but it seems to me after initial
investigation that there is indeed quite a bit of relevance..."
"Sun Updates J2EE for Web Services." By David Becker. In CNET
(September 12, 2003). Sun Microsystems has released a preliminary
version of an update to its Java 2 Enterprise Edition software, with
support for a major new Web services standard. Sun announced late
Thursday that a qualification release of the source code for version
1.4 of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) is available to licensees.
"Web Services Portal Standard Approved." By Grant Gross. In Network
World The OASIS standards consortium has approved a standard that
members say will make it easier and cheaper to publish data on Web
portals... WSRP eliminates the need for content aggregators to choose
between having to host a content source at the location of the portal
server or having writing different code for each remote content
"IE Patent Endgame Detailed." By Paul Festa. In CNET
(September 09, 2003). Microsoft has suffered another legal setback in
the patent dispute with software developer Eolas and is now advising
Web authors on workarounds, as new details emerge of its plans to
tweak Internet Explorer.
"Ten Favorite XForms Engines." By Micah Dubinko. From
(September 10, 2003). There are a large number of XForms engines
currently under development by companies large and small. This article
offers a good starting point for XForms research; for each XForms
engine, the author describes the software, system requirements, and
provides other useful information as well as a screenshot.
"DRM: Some Restrictions May Apply." By Jim Rapoza. In eWEEK (September
08, 2003). DRM is a technology that has yet to prove its worth, either
in the area of intellectual property protection or in the corporate
arena, where vendors are hoping to make inroads. In eWEEK Labs'
experience, any DRM restrictions can be easily defeated through the
use of remote control, digital cameras, or even pen and paper.,4149,1258742,00.asp

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

"XML Common Biometric Format (XCBF) Ratified as OASIS Standard."

"Sun Microsystems Announces Vision and Initiative for Enterprise Auto-
ID/EPC Deployments. Newly Formed Sun Business Leads Auto-ID/EPC
Product and Market Development Efforts."

"IBM Announces Comprehensive New RFID Service. Helping Retailers and
Consumer Packaged Goods Companies Boost Accuracy in Picking, Packing,
Shipping. Cutting Theft in the Supply Chain."

"ODRL International Workshop 2004 In Vienna."

"Center for Document Engineering Established at UC Berkeley. Focal
Point for Initiatives in XML and Model-Based Approaches for
Automatable, Standards-Based Business Computing."

"Talking Blocks, CA, and, IBM Announce Submission of Web Services
Manageability Standard to OASIS. Leaders in Systems and Web Services
Management Create and Jointly Submit Standard to OASIS Web Services
Distributed Management Technical Committee."

"Sun is First to Market With Platform for WS-I Compliant Web Services
Applications. Recent Beta Release of the J2EE 1.4 Software Developer
Kit and Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.2 Demonstrate Sun's Java
Web Services Leadership."

"Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Approved as OASIS Standard.
BEA Systems, Citrix Systems, Factiva, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle,
Plumtree Software, Reed Elsevier, SAP, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO,
Vignette, and Other OASIS Members Standardize Integration of User-
Facing Web Services."

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.

XML UK Topic Maps Seminar.  "Real World Topic Maps: How to Manage
Knowledge And Address The Challenge Of Infoglut."  November 5, 2003.
Duxford Officers' Mess, Duxford, Cambridge, UK.

DRM 2003. 2003 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management. October 27,
2003. The Wyndham City Center Washington DC, USA.

2003 ACM Workshop on XML Security.  October 31, 2003.  George W.
Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA.

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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