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Subject: ebXML IIC Approves Specs

The OASIS ebXML Implementation, Interoperability and Conformance (IIC)
Technical Committee (TC) has approved the following committee
specifications for the ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) version 2.0:
	ebXML Test Framework Document, Version 1.0
	ebXML Messaging 2.0 Basic Interoperability Profile (BIP) Test Suite,
version 1.0
	ebXML Deployment Guide Template for ebXML Messaging 2.0, Version 1.0
	EAN.UCC (European Article Numbering / Uniform Code Council) Deployment
Guide 1.0, an instance of the ebXML Messaging Deployment Template 1.0
for ebXML Messaging Service Specification 2.0

The initial OASIS ebXML IIC efforts have focused on providing a
computable and extensible test framework with ebMS as the first edition
of the suite of test specifications. Plans are under consideration for
CPP/A (Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement), Business Process
Specification Schema (BPSS) and Registry/Repository (Reg/Rep).

The Test Framework can be used to support conformance testing and
interoperability testing in different configurations, from
point-to-point testing between business partners, to centralized
configurations involving a test center. eBusiness partners can download
necessary components. Tests can be driven either by one of the partners,
or by a test center, which can be viewed as a service. Or, for
interoperability tests, a test center can be used as a hub, providing
monitoring and routing functions, while tests are driven from an
end-point. In both cases, the test will be executed in an automated
fashion. Test traces and results are generated for a collection of test
(test suites) for later review.

Key technical features of the Test Framework are:
	Tests against profile requirements.
	Uses an open XML test scripting language.
	Supports construction and examination of MIME (Multi-purpose Internet
Mail Extensions), SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), and ebXML
message content.
	Uses a persistent message store for query of synchronously and
asynchronously received messages.
	Generates XML test reports that trace to test requirements and
reference specification.

The first interoperability test suite from the IIC, the Basic
Interoperability Profile test suite for ebMS, has been designed after a
careful analysis of the requirements and constraints of the current
users communities in US, Asia and Europe. The test suite has been
engineered to support various types of test environments that a test
center will host, including full matrix, interim, on-demand, and/or
content validation testing.

The Deployment Guide Template can help foster interoperability among
industry organizations and other trading communities.  For example,
EAN.UCC (European Article Numbering/Uniform Code Council) is using the
template to produce Deployment Guides that reflect specific deployment
requirements of their users.

These efforts are also effectively laying the groundwork for cohesive
testing opportunities between web services and business service
integration. In addition, ebXML IIC is actively working with eBES
Interoperability Pilot, Asia Interoperability Task Group through ebXML
Asia Committee, KorBIT (Korea), and the B2B Interoperability Testbed
(OAG-NIST sponsorship).

The committee specifications can be found at:
Parties interested in the IIC work, particularly those who wish to
develop a reference implementation or to define a deployment template
instance, should contact the ebXML IIC team.

ebXML IIC team, with Jacques Durand, TC chair
Michael Kass, Serm Kulvantunyou, and Nenad Ivezic, NIST
Pete Wenzel, SeeBeyond, Deployment Guide Template
Steven Yung, Sun Microsystems, ebXML BIP

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
Voice: +1 978.667.5115 x209

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