Cover Pages Newsletter September 30, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           September 30, 2003

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Draft XACML Profile for Web-Services Addresses Web Services Policy
The OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) TC has
published a v04 draft of the "XACML Profile for Web- Services"
specification for web services policy expression. Also referenced as
'WSPL', the document defines a profile of XACML that enables it to be
used for describing policy associated with Web service end-points and
using them in a successful invocation. The WSPL editor has recommended
approval of the spec as a Committee Draft.

OASIS Announces Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) TC.
OASIS members have formed a Framework for Web Services Implementation
(FWSI) Technical Committee to produce guidelines that assist system
integrators and software vendors in implementing Web Services
solutions. The TC will specify a set of functional elements serving as
building blocks for deploying Web services architectures. The TC will
also define a model implementation process in a companion Web Services
Implementation Process Specification.

RoMEO and OAI-PMH Teams Develop Rights Solution Using ODRL and
Creative Common Licenses.
Project RoMEO completed a first year of operation and has published a
rights solution report. The Final Report describes an XML-based system
for the expression of rights and permissions governing metadata and
digital resources in institutional repositories. The rights solution
based upon Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL), Creative Commons
licenses, and OAI-PMH uses metadata elements to support easy, open
access to protected digital works.

Web Services at Apache Hosts WSRP4J Open Source Project for Remote
The OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) standard is now
supported by an Apache open source WSRP4J project. Donated by IBM,
WSRP4J is designed to accelerate adoption of the WSRP standard by
content and application providers and portal vendors. WSRP4J provides
the WSRP4J Producer which supports implementation of WSRP-compliant
services based on a free, open source software stack: Tomcat, Axis,
and Pluto JSR 168 reference implementation.

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

"OASIS to Build Web Services Framework. Committee Will Define Vendor-
Neutral Methodology." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (September 30,
2003). Members of OASIS have announced plans to develop a global Web
services framework to define a methodology for a broad-based,
multiplatform and vendor-neutral implementation. The OASIS Framework
for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical Committee plans to
design a template for Web services deployment.
"Taking XML's Measure." By David Becker. In CNET (September
23, 2003). Tim Bray and his colleagues in the World Wide Web
Consortium had a very specific mission when they set out to define a
new standard seven years ago. In this interview, Bray talks about the
spread of XML, challenges in search technology and other concerns.
"Sun: Office 2003 Will 'Protect Microsoft's Monopoly'." By Andrew
Colley. In ZDNet Australia (September 30, 2003). Document protection
tools in the next version of Microsoft's office suite represent
extremes of proprietary thinking, says a Sun document. Sun expresses
concerns that document protection tools that Microsoft will include in
Office 2003 will fortify the software giant's domination over
enterprise desktops.,39020396,39116764,00.htm
"Adobe's PDF-Everywhere Strategy." By David Becker. In CNET
(September 30, 2003). Adobe Systems wants to put more than a few pulp
mills out of business; it wants to expand the PDF format into a
multiplatform foundation for viewing and sharing corporate data.
"Create Web Services Using Apache Axis and Castor. How to Integrate
Axis and Castor in a Document-Style Web Service Client and Server" By
Kevin Gibbs, Brian D Goodman, and Elias Torres (IBM). From IBM
developerWorks, Web services. September 30, 2003. Recent work has
pointed out the benefits of using Document-style Web services over
RPC. This article provides a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to
integrate Axis with the Castor data-binding framework, combining the
Web services prowess of Axis with the data-binding brawn of Castor.
"What is Service-Oriented Architecture?" By Hao He. From O'Reilly (September 30, 2003). Service Oriented
Architecture (SOA) is an architectural style whose goal is to achieve
loose coupling among interacting software agents. SOA achieves loose
coupling among interacting software agents by employing key
architectural constraints.
"QA Framework: Operational Guidelines." Edited by Lofton Henderson,
Dominique Hazaël-Massieux Lynne Rosenthal, and Kirill Gavrylyuk. W3C
Candidate Recommendation. 22-September-2003.  Produced by members of
the W3C QA Working Group under the W3C Quality Assurance (QA)
Activity. This document outlines a common operational framework for
building conformance test materials for W3C specifications is defined.
It presents operational and procedural guidelines for groups
undertaking conformance materials development.
"An Introduction to StAX." By Elliotte Rusty Harold. In
(September 17, 2003). James Clark and others in the Java Community
Process are on the verge of releasing StAX, the Streaming API for XML.
StAX is a pull parsing API for XML which avoids some of the
limitations of DOM and SAX prsing.
"Streaming API for XML." Java Specification Request (JSR) #173.
Specification Lead: Christopher Fry (BEA Systems). Produced under the
Java Community Process. JSR-000173 Streaming API for XML Specification
0.7. Proposed Final Draft. August 27, 2003. 61 pages. A reference
implementation is included in the ZIP archive containing the draft
specification. This specification describes the Streaming API for XML
(StAX), a bi-directional API for reading and writing XML.
"Marking Up Bureaucracy." By Paul Ford. From (September 24,
2003). If there is a perfect user of XML, it's the huge, sprawling
United States government. Right now, centralization is the exception,
not the norm. Different XML applications are scattered across
different government agencies. The DoD, EPA, IRS, and others create
schemas as needed, and apply them internally.
"Report: Widespread Use of Microsoft Poses Security Risk.
Organizations Should Diversify Their Software Mix, Says Industry
Group." By Stacy Cowley. In InfoWorld (September 24, 2003). Whatever
Microsoft's strengths or failings as a developer of reliable software,
the mere existence of an operating system monopoly is a critical
security risk, argues a new report released Wednesday at a Computer &
Communications Industry Association (CCIA) gathering in Washington,
"CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly. How the Dominance of
Microsoft's Products Poses a Risk to Security." By Daniel Geer, Sc.D
(Chief Technical Officer, @Stake), Charles P. Pfleeger, Ph.D (Master
Security Architect, Exodus Communications, Inc.), Bruce Schneier
(Founder, Chief Technical Officer, Counterpane Internet Security),
John S. Quarterman (Founder, InternetPerils, Matrix NetSystems, Inc.),
Perry Metzger (Independent Consultant), Rebecca Bace (CEO, Infidel),
and Peter Gutmann (Researcher, Department of Computer Science,
University of Auckland). Published by Computer & Communications
Industry Association (CCIA). September 2003. 25 pages. The world's
security situation is deteriorating, and that deterioration compounds
when nearly all computers in the hands of end users rely on a single
operating system subject to the same vulnerabilities the world over.
The only way to stop this is to avoid monoculture in computer
operating systems.
"Java Panel Pondering Web Services, Portal Proposals. J2EE 1.4 Readied
for Approval." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (September 24, 2003).
Proposals to boost Web services and portal capabilities in Java are up
for imminent votes by stewards of the programming language: Java 2
Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 and JSR 168 (Portlet API).
"Client Quality Reporting for J2EE Web Services. Use SOAP Attachments
to Report Client Response Times for Web Services." By Brian Connoll.
In JavaWorld (September 19, 2003). This article documents the
implementation of a general-purpose architecture for recording client
response times for J2EE Web services. No new network traffic is needed
between the client and the server; metrics payloads are queued for
low-priority logging, so server resources can be reserved for
application processing.
"Is New Office 2003 Suite Worth the Upgrade?" By Mario Morejon,
Vincent A. Randazzese, and Michael Gros. In CRN (September 25, 2003).
Developing department-level applications has never been easier now
that Microsoft has introduced InfoPath 2003, a client-driven XML form
editor that integrates with XML-driven data sources in a variety of
ways. InfoPath can query XML-driven databases and has a database
wizard that ports Access 2003 tables and converts them into XML forms.
"RFID Ripples Through Software Industry. Sun, SAP, Oracle, IBM
Integrate RFID Data Into Mainstream Applications." By Ephraim
Schwartz. In InfoWorld (September 26, 2003). Big name vendors
including Sun, SAP, Oracle, and IBM have caught the RFID (Radio
Frequency Identification) buzz. Spurred in part by a WalMart edict
that requires suppliers to tag all shipping cases and palettes with
RFID by 2006, the vendors are rewriting their enterprise applications
to integrate RFID data.
"What's Next for SQL Server?" By Lisa Vaas. In eWEEK (September 26,
2003). Users demanded that SQL Server bond tighter with Visual Studio
.Net. The next version of SQL Server, code-named 'Yukon,' was
originally slated for a spring 2004 release but was pushed out to the
second half of next year so that Yukon will with the next version of
.Net, code-named Whidbey.,4149,1300873,00.asp
"Web services Players Push Management Barrow. Actional, AmberPoint,
Empirix Separately Unveil Wares." By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld
(September 29, 2003). "Web services vendors Actional, AmberPoint, and
Empirix this week will attempt to improve Web services management
capabilities with a host of product releases.
"AmberPoint Introduces Distributed Web Services Exception Management
Solution." From CBDi Newswire (September 30, 2003). Using AmberPoint
Exception Manager, enterprises can react to operational and business
contingencies, minimize inefficiencies and reduce the costs of
maintaining their Web services environments. AmberPoint Exception
Manager is able to detect and resolve distributed exceptions,where the
clues to the condition reside in multiple messages.
"Object-Oriented Database Field Shrinks Again." By Lisa Vaas. In eWEEK
(September 29, 2003). In a deal worth $26 million, object-oriented
database companies Versant Corp. and Poet Holdings Inc. are merging.
The merged technologies will be designed to manage real-time, XML, and
other hierarchical and navigational data.,4149,1304259,00.asp
"Opinion: Shakeout Looms in Web Services Management." By James
Kobielus. In Computerworld (September 25, 2003). Web services
management (WSM) is one of the most innovative sectors in today's IT
industry; dozens of start-ups have ventured into the WSM market over
the past few years.
"Integrating Services with XSLT." By Will Provost. From O'Reilly (September 30, 2003). For all the magic that XML,
SOAP, and WSDL seem to offer in allowing businesses to interoperate,
they do not solve the more traditional problems of integrating data
models and message formats. XSLT can make many annoying integration
problems go away and with relatively low effort.
"Data Visualization Tools Emerge. Antarctica Systems, Others Help
Relay Complex Information." By Cathleen Moore. In InfoWorld (September
29, 2003). Data visualization is back on the map as a host of emerging
vendors unveil products designed to help enterprises analyze reams of
information. Antarctica Systems is unwrapping Version 4.0 of its
Visual Net software designed to present map-based visual
representations of complex data from sources such as databases, BI
tools, and ERP applications.
"Developers Show Their Independent Streak, Favoring Web-Based Apps."
By Eric Knorr. In InfoWorld (September 26, 2003). Software behemoths
are trying to sell programmers on elaborate new paradigms; but as our
survey results show, many programmers aren't buying.
"Sun Expands Push For Auto-ID." By Matt Villano. In
(September 19, 2003). Already a major player in the Auto-ID market,
Sun Microsystems has announced an initiative for delivering the
hardware, software and services that enable enterprises to link into
the Elecronic Product Code (EPN) Network.
"OAI-Rights White Paper." By Carl Lagoze (Cornell University
Information Science), Herbert Van de Sompel (Los Alamos National
Laboratory), Michael Nelson (Old Dominion University Computer
Science), and Simeon Warner (Cornell University Information Science).
From the Open Archives Initiative. September 26, 2003. This paper is
intended as a foundation for work aimed at incorporating structured
rights expressions into the OAI-PMH (OAI Protocol for Metadata
Harvesting). The work will be undertaken by a technical group called
OAI-rights, and will result in a set of OAI-PMH guidelines scheduled
for release in second quarter 2004.
"Patent Politics." By Paul Festa. In CNET (September 25,
2003). During a recent meeting held at Macromedia's San Francisco
headquarters, IT experts pondered collective options on the Eolas
patent case; Microsoft was the guest of honor. Dale Dougherty, vice
president at O'Reilly & Associates is concerned that this is the first
successful patent offense on the Web, and lots of other things could
be coming.
"Grab Headlines From a Remote RSS File. Retrieve Syndicated Content,
Transform It, and Display the Result." By Nicholas Chase (President,
Chase & Chase, Inc). From IBM developerWorks, XML zone. September 23,
2003. The author shows how to retrieve syndicated content and convert
it into headlines for your site; he also explains how to use XSL
transformations to more easily deal with multiple syndication file
"ISO to Require Royalties?" By Kendall Clark. From (September
24, 2003). Kendall Clark considers ISO's proposal to charge for using
their country codes. He provides some background to the present
controversy and samples the reaction of other internet developers and
development communities.
"Secure, Reliable, Transacted Web Services: Architecture and
Composition." By Donald F. Ferguson (IBM Fellow and Chairman; IBM
Software Group Architecture Board) Tony Storey (IBM Fellow), Brad
Lovering (Microsoft Corporation Distinguished Engineer), and John
Shewchuk (Microsoft Web Services Architect). With credits to 66
contributors. In Microsoft MSDN Library (September 2003). IBM,
Microsoft, and their partners are developing Web service
specifications that can be used as the building blocks for a new
generation of powerful, secure, reliable, transacted Web services.
These specifications are designed in a modular and composable fashion
such that developers can utilize just the capabilities they require.

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

"Adobe and Xerox Announce Strategic Initiative to Promote Print
Production Workflow Standards. Adobe PDF, JDF, XML and PostScript
Technologies Incorporated Into Xerox FreeFlow Initiative."

"Antarctica Systems Announces Visual Net 4.0. Maximizing Information
Display to Reveal Clarity, Truth in Data."

"Open Archives Initiative and Project RoMEO Initiate OAI-Rights
Working Group."

"OASIS Members Collaborate on Global Framework to Enhance Web Services

"FSTC Issues Results of Web Services Proof of Concept."

"IEEE Communications Magazine Special Issue on XML-based Management of
Networks and Services."

"Microsoft and Monster to Offer Customers 'Smart' Resumes. XML-Enabled
Smart Document Templates in Microsoft Office Word 2003 Will Help Job
Seekers Create a Professional Resume.

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.

ODRL International Workshop 2004. April 21 - 23, 2004. Vienna
University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria.

IASTED Special Session on Architectures and Languages for Digital
Rights Management and Access Control. December [10-12], 2003. New York
City, NY, USA.

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

RFID Privacy Workshop at MIT. November 15, 2003. Bartos Theater,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA.

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.

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