Cover Pages Newsletter September 23, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           September 23, 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]

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
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
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.

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

"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.
"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.
"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.,4149,1277713,00.asp
"Eolas Suit May Spark HTML Changes." By Paul Festa. In CNET
(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.
"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.
"New ISO Fees on the Horizon?" By Evan Hansen. In CNET
(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.
"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).
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Adobe E-Doc Format Under Siege." By David Becker. In CNET
(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.
"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.
"The State of the Python-XML Art, 2003." By Uche Ogbuji. From
(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'.
"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.
"A Preview of WS-I Basic Profile 1.1." By Anish Karmarkar. From
O'Reilly (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.
"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.,4149,1270800,00.asp
"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.
"Web Services Reliable Messaging Update." By Peter Abrahams. In IT- (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.
"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.,4149,1272213,00.asp
"Microsoft, IBM Push Web Services Advances." By Mike Ricciuti. In CNET (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
"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'
"Web Services Management Heats Up." By Martin LaMonica. In CNET (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

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

"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."

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,

OASIS Open Standards Conference 2003.  October 1 - 3, 2003.  Grace
Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

Web Services Edge West 2003.  September 30 - October 2, 2003.  Santa
Clara, California, USA.

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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