Cover Pages Newsletter September 23, 2003 Website: http://xml.coverpages.org Hosted by: OASIS
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OASIS Members Form ebXML Business Process Technical Committee.
A new OASIS ebXML Business Process Technical Committee (ebXML BP TC) has been proposed to continue work on a royalty-free technology representation and model compatible with an underlying generic metamodel for business processes, activities, and collaboration. The TC will operate within the ebXML architecture and base its work upon the "ebXML Business Process Specification Schema Version 1.01" jointly developed by OASIS and UN/CEFACT.
Standards Organizations Express Concern About Royalty Fees for ISO Codes.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC), the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and Health Level 7 (HL7) have recently issued public statements of concern about ISO's interpretation of law and policy on the collection of royalty payments for the use of ISO codes. These language codes, country codes, and currency codes are authorized for use in numerous Internet infrastructure specifications and protocols, including XML. The code lists are already widely implemented in language-sensitive text processing software.
SnowShore Networks Develops Royalty-Free Media Server Control Markup Language (MSCML).
SnowShore Networks has officially announced royalty free licensing terms for implementing technology in the Media Server Control Markup Language (MSCML). MSCML is an XML-based protocol used in conjunction with the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to enable the delivery of advanced multimedia conferencing services over IP networks. The protocol was submitted to the IETF as an Internet Draft in 2002 after a rigorous two-year test and evaluation process.
OASIS Forms Web Services Composite Application Framework Technical Committee.
OASIS has formed a WS-CAF TC to define a generic and open framework for applications that contain multiple services used in combination. The TC will continue work on the Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) suite recently published by Arjuna, Fujitsu, IONA, Oracle, and Sun. The TC's goal is to produce a set of related, royalty-free, interoperable and modular specifications supporting the development of composite applications.
New Production-Ready Release of Open Source ebXML Registry.
Farrukh Najmi of Sun Microsystems announced a production-ready release of ebXML Registry software from the OASIS ebXML Registry Reference Implementation Project (ebxmlrr). The freebXML Initiative's project is delivering a royalty free, open source, functionally complete reference implementation for the OASIS ebXML Registry specifications. This release implements most optional features of v2.1 and several new features of ebXML Registry version 3.
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"Experiences with the Enforcement of Access Rights Extracted from ODRL-Based Digital Contracts." By Susanne Guth, Gustaf Neumann, and Mark Strembeck (Department of Information Systems, New Media Lab, Vienna University of Economics and BA, Austria). Prepared for presentation at DRM 2003, October 27, 2003, Washington, DC, USA. 13 pages (with 38 references). The authors present their experiences concerning the enforcement of access rights extracted from ODRL-based digital contracts. They introduce the generalized Contract Schema (CoSa) which is an approach to provide a generic representation of contract information on top of rights expression languages. http://wi.wu-wien.ac.at/people/Guth/p21-guth.pdf http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#GuthODRL
"Update: European Parliament Votes to Limit Scope of Software Patents. Issue Still Must be Debated by European Union Member States." By Paul Meller. In InfoWorld (September 24, 2003). The European Parliament voted in favor of a law that goes some way toward limiting the scope for patents on software programs. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) appear to have ignored heavy lobbying from both extremes in the debate by opting for a compromise solution. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/24/HNeupatent_1.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Meller
"W3C Investigation Begins on HTML Standard." By Matt Hicks. In eWEEK (September 23, 2003). W3C is now investigating whether the claims in the patent infringement lawsuit brought by Eolas Technologies Inc. and the University of California could require changes to both the current and future HTML specifications. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1277713,00.asp http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#HicksPAG
"Eolas Suit May Spark HTML Changes." By Paul Festa. In CNET News.com (September 19, 2003). The World Wide Web Consortium is [on the verge of] forming a patent advisory group in response to the Eolas patent suit. Fallout from Eolas' patent victory over Microsoft threatens to hit Web developers and HTML itself. http://news.com.com/2100-1023_3-5079580.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#FestaPAGNear
"OASIS Ratifies SAML 1.1. RSA Supports Latest Version in Products." By Paul Roberts. In InfoWorld (September 19, 2003). The OASIS Internet standards consortium said Monday that its members ratified SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) Version 1.1 as an official standard, approving changes to the specification will improve interoperability with other Web services security standards. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/22/HNsamlratified_1.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#RobertsSAML
"New ISO Fees on the Horizon?" By Evan Hansen. In CNET News.com (September 19, 2003). Several IT standards groups are rallying opposition to an ISO proposal to introduce usage royalties for already widely adopted standards, including language codes, country codes, and currency codes. http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-5079256.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#HansenISORoyalties
"When Good Institutions Go Bad." By Simon St. Laurent (Editor, O'Reilly & Associates). From O'Reilly Developer Weblogs (September 23, 2003). Recent weeks have seen a dismaying upturn in the number of semi-public institutions which seem to out to make a buck rather than a contribution, risking the contributions they've already made. ISO has the potential to cause the largest trainwreck, with plans to require licensing fees for their language codes (ISO 639), country codes (ISO 3166), and currency codes (ISO 4127). http://oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/3791 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#StLaurentISO
"Add XML Parsing to Your J2ME Applications. Combine Mobile Data and Mobile Code on Your Mobile Device." By Soma Ghosh (Application developer, Entigo). From IBM developerWorks, Wireless. September 16, 2003. Enterprise and Java technology projects are making increasing use of XML as a medium to store data in a portable fashion. Small- footprint XML parsers for the Java language are emerging that will allow MIDP programmers to take advantage of the power of XML. http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/wi-parsexml/ http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Ghosh
"Microsoft Seeks Stronger XML Ties. ERP Vendors Pour Cold Water on Office as Window to Enterprise Applications." By Joris Evers. In InfoWorld (September 19, 2003). Office 2003's support for XML, Microsoft contends, is the key to bridging this front-end to back-end gap. But enterprise application vendors such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Siebel Systems are far more interested in using XML for back-end integration, not to support a new front end. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/19/37NNofficexml_1.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Evers
"Sun Touts Liberty for Digital Rights Management." By Gavin Clarke. In Computer Business Review Online (September 19, 2003). Throwing its weight behind the OMA wireless group's effort to define a DRM specification on mobile devices, Sun Microsystems hopes to replicate an industry initiative for federated identity in the field of Digital Rights Management (DRM) -- and to stymie Microsoft Corp's own controversial plans to control distribution of electronic content. http://www.cbronline.com/cbrnews/0c6050c7cc37124380256da60018cb81 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#ClarkeDRM
"SOAP Gains Traction: Q&A with Rebecca Dias." By Jack Vaughan. In Application Development Trends (September 19, 2003). Microsoft's Rebecca Dias discusses the status of interoperability between Microsoft's .NET and IBM Java, binary communications, the goals of Web Services Enhancements (WSE) V2, and related topics. http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=8149 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Vaughan
"Sun Touts Fast Web Services Plan. Binary Encodings Key to Proposal." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (September 19, 2003). Researchers at Sun Microsystems are working on an initiative called Fast Web Services, intended to identify and solve performance problems in existing Web services standards implementations. Key to Sun's approach is boosting performance through use of binary encodings as an alternative to textual XML representations. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/19/HNfastwebservices_1.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#KrillBinary
"Adobe E-Doc Format Under Siege." By David Becker. In CNET News.com (September 18, 2003). Adobe's popular PDF document-sharing format faces challenges from Autodesk and Macromedia, each looking to take a bite out of the market with their own new technology. Analysts say the rivals could be a real threat to Adobe, which attributed a major earnings boost last week to a new line of PDF products. http://news.com.com/2100-1012_3-5078712.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#BeckerAdobe
"No Standard for Standards." By Jim Ericson. In Line56 (September 18, 2003). Portlets are only one type of component businesses will need to integrate through standardization. There will also be a requirement for components to integrate security information, discover content in different repositories, indexing and categorizing content into different applications. http://www.line56.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=4994 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#EricsonPortals
"The State of the Python-XML Art, 2003." By Uche Ogbuji. From XML.com (September 11, 2003). The author updates his overall Python-XML survey to encompass notable developments over the past year. This article serves as an index for readers who want to process XML using what Ogbuji calls 'the best language available for the purpose'. http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/09/10/py.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#OgbujiSurvey
"Commentary: SOE - Service Oriented Everything?" By CBDi Forum Analyst. In CBDi Newswire (September 17, 2003). The plethora of Service Oriented acronyms appearing is a sure sign that Service Orientation is the next big thing. But successful adoption of SOx and Web Services will not happen by a process of osmosis. http://www.cbdiforum.com/public/news/index.php3?id=1313 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#CBDiSOE
"A Preview of WS-I Basic Profile 1.1." By Anish Karmarkar. From O'Reilly WebServices.xml.com (September 16, 2003). Basic Profile 1.1 builds on 1.0, adding support for SOAP Messages with Attachments (SwA) and WSDL 1.1's Section 5 MIME bindings. This article provides a preview of Basic Profile 1.1 based on the latest Working Group Draft. http://webservices.xml.com/pub/a/ws/2003/09/16/wsbp.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Karmarkar
"Sun Embraces Open-Source Database." By Matt Hicks. In eWEEK (September 17, 2003). Sun Microsystems Inc. is standardizing its software products on an open-source database to store and manage non- relational data. The company has chosen Sleepycat's Berkeley DB database as the embedded database within its software line. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1270800,00.asp http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Hicks
"Microsoft, IBM Toast Next Era of Web Services. Companies Demonstrate Web Service Interoperability on Windows, Linux Platforms." By Paula Rooney. In CRN (September 17, 2003). Microsoft and IBM united in New York to demonstrate preview code for the next set of Web service protocols; Bill Gates said the forthcoming WS-Security, WS-Reliable Messaging and WS-Transaction protocols are designed to enable new kinds of e-business relationships. http://www.crn.com/sections/BreakingNews/breakingnews.asp?ArticleID=44591 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#RooneyMS-IBM
"Web Services Reliable Messaging Update." By Peter Abrahams. In IT- Director.com (September 15, 2003). In March 2003 the author wrote two articles about Web Services Reliable Messaging, describing two competing specifications: WS Reliability from Sun, Oracle and friends and WS Reliable Messaging from BEA, IBM, Microsoft and Tibco (BIMT). Since then some progress has been made. http://www.it-director.com/article.php?articleid=11240 http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#AbrahamsRM
"Gates, Mills Talk Up Web Services in NY." By Michael R. Zimmerman. In eWEEK (September 17, 2003). Bill Gates and IBM Software chief Steve Mills joined together to give an update on their companies' combined work in advancing Web services. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1272213,00.asp http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Zimmerman
"Microsoft, IBM Push Web Services Advances." By Mike Ricciuti. In CNET News.com (September 17, 2003). Microsoft and IBM demonstrated for the first time what Gates termed 'advanced' Web services capabilities designed by the two companies for linking business software. The companies showed off an application that links automotive parts suppliers, manufacturers and dealers via Web services that use new specifications to ensure security, reliable messaging, and transaction support. http://news.com.com/2100-7345_3-5078305.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#Ricciuti
"Enterprise Transformation: Agile Solutions Requires Developing for 'Choice'." From Defense Finance and Accounting Service [Ms. Audrey Davis, Director for Information and Technology, DFAS CIO]. DFAS is in the frontline of systems integration, trying to cope with many legacy systems and thousands of interfaces. The Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) effort underway at OASIS addresses the challenges of agility and interoperability through the adoption of a 'business first' philosophy. http://xml.coverpages.org/DFAS-BCM-Choice.pdf http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#DFAS
"Web Services Management Heats Up." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET News.com (September 17, 2003). The development of a Web services management standard continued to move forward, in a technology area fast becoming the next major competitive race among Web services providers. http://news.com.com/2100-7345_3-5077906.html http://xml.coverpages.org/xmlPapers200309.html#LaMonicaWSDM
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"Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Version 1.1 Ratified as OASIS Standard. Baltimore Technologies, BEA Systems, Computer Associates, Entrust, Hewlett-Packard, Netegrity, Oblix, OpenNetwork, Reactivity, RSA Security, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Verisign, and Others Collaborate on Authentication and Authorization."
"RSA Security Announces New Products to Deliver on Identity and Access Management Strategy. RSA ClearTrust V5.5 Software Enhances Identity Infrastructures with Tighter Integration with Microsoft Platforms and New User Management and Federated Identity Management Capabilities."
"Sun Microsystems Selects Sleepycat Software for New Middleware and Desktop Initiatives. Sun to Standardize on Berkeley DB to Meet Non- Relational Data Management Needs Within Key Components of Sun Java Enterprise System and Sun Java Desktop System."
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Selected references from the events calendar at: http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html
WWW2004. The Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference. May 17-22, 2004. New York Sheraton, New York, NY, USA. http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2003-09-05-a.html http://www2004.org/ http://www2004.org/cfp/refereed.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#www2004
ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2003. November 20 - 22, 2003. INRIA Rhône-Alpes Research Unit, Grenoble, France. http://wam.inrialpes.fr/doceng2003/ http://wam.inrialpes.fr/doceng2003/cfp.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#acmDocEng2003
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. http://www.xmluk.org/public/duxford_2003.html http://www.xmluk.org/ http://xml.coverpages.org/topicMaps.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#xmlukTM2003
DRM 2003. 2003 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management. October 27, 2003. The Wyndham City Center Washington DC, USA. http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigsac/ccs/CCS2003/drm.html http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigsac/ccs/CCS2003/drm-prog.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#acmDRM2003
2003 ACM Workshop on XML Security. October 31, 2003. George W. Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigsac/ccs/CCS2003/XMLSec2003.html http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigsac/ccs/CCS2003/XMLSec2003-Program.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#acm2003XMLSec
ER 2003. 22nd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling. October 13 - 16, 2003. DoubleTree North Shore Hotel, [Skokie] Chicago, Illinois, USA. http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2003-08-26-a.html http://www.er.byu.edu/er2003/ http://www.er.byu.edu/er2003/program.php http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#er2003
FTP Enterprise Architecture Summit 2003. October 12 - 14, 2003. Westin Mission Hills Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA. http://www.enterprise-architect.net/summit http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/eas/agendaprint.aspx http://www.ftponline.com/Conferences/eas/speakers.aspx http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#eas2003
XML in the News. XMLUK.org (XML UK) Conference. "How XML is Being Implemented in Newspapers and Related Media." October 7, 2003. The Magic Circle, Euston, London, UK. http://www.xmluk.org/public/magic-circle_2003.htm http://www.xmluk.org/slides/magic-circle_2003/XMLUK-conference-2003-10-07.pdf http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#xmluk-news
The Cocoon GetTogether, Edition 2003. October 7, 2003. Ghent, Belgium. http://www.orixo.com/events/gt2003/ http://www.orixo.com/events/gt2003/cfp.html http://www.orixo.com/events/gt2003/program.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#cocoon2003
OASIS Open Standards Conference 2003. October 1 - 3, 2003. Grace Hotel, Sydney, Australia. http://xml.coverpages.org/OpenStandards2003.html http://www.open-standards.com/ http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#OpenStandards2003
Web Services Edge West 2003. September 30 - October 2, 2003. Santa Clara, California, USA. http://www.sys-con.com/webservicesedge2003west/index.cfm http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#sysconWSEdgeWest2003
SpeechTEK 2003. September 29 - October 2, 2003. New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY, USA. http://www.speechtek.com/ http://www.speechtek.com/events http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#speechtek2003
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. http://www.ischool.washington.edu/dc2003/ http://www.ischool.washington.edu/dc2003/call.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#dmci2003
Washington Area SGML/XML Users Group XML Authoring/Editing Forum. September 29, 2003. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, USA. http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/XML-forum/ http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/XML-forum/attendee-register.html http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/XML-forum/vendor-info.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#editingForum
W3C Workshop on Binary Interchange of XML Information Item Sets. September 24 - 26, 2003. Santa Clara, California, USA. http://www.w3.org/2003/07/binary-xml-cfp.html http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-infoset/ http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#BinaryInterchange
ICWS-Europe 2003. The International Conference on Web Services - Europe 2003. "Web Services Architectures, Infrastructures and Applications." September 23 - 24, 2003. Erfurt, Germany. http://www.jeckle.de/ICWS03-Europe http://www.jeckle.de/ICWS03-Europe/cfp.pdf http://xml.coverpages.org/ICWS-Europe2003.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#ICWS-Europe03
Center for Information-Development Management Fifth Annual Best Practices Conference. September 22 - 24, 2003. Edgewater Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA. http://www.infomanagementcenter.com/BestPractices/2003/index.html http://www.infomanagementcenter.com/BestPractices/2003/program.htm http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#cidmSeattle
EDOC 2003. Seventh IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference. September 16 - 19, 2003. Brisbane, Australia. http://edocconference.org/ http://edocconference.org/program.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#edoc2003
Inaugural EPC Executive Symposium. September 15 - 17, 2003. McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA. http://show.epcsymposium.com/ http://xml.coverpages.org/pml-ons.html http://xml.coverpages.org/rfid.html http://xml.coverpages.org/conf.html#epcSymposium
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