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Subject: OASIS Members Collaborate on Global Framework to Enhance Web Services Deployment

OASIS Members Collaborate on Global Framework to Enhance Web Services

Singapore; 29 September 2003--Members of the OASIS international
standards consortium announced plans to collaborate on the development
of a global Web services framework that will define a methodology for
broad-based, multi-platform, vendor-neutral  implementation.  The new
OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical
Committee plans to design a template for Web services deployment,
enabling systems integrators, software vendors, and in-house developers
to deliver eCommerce solutions faster and easier.

"FWSI will define the functionality required to help people build robust
applications for Web services and Service Oriented Architectures," said
Roberto B. Pascual of the Singapore Government's Infocomm Development
Authority (IDA), proposed co-chair of the OASIS FWSI Technical
Committee. "It will speed adoption of Web services by tremendously
reducing the risk, complexity, and implementation effort involved."

The OASIS FWSI Technical Committee will specify a set of functional
elements required for practical implementations of Web Services-based
systems. These functional elements provide building blocks for
developers to use when deploying Web services architectures, enabling
rapid development of eBusiness applications by eliminating the need to
re-invent elements for each implementation.

"The work of the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee will be analogous to
creating a recipe for baking a cake," explained Dr. Lee Eng Wah, of the
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), proposed
co-chair of the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee. "We will first develop a
set of implementation methodologies, which will be like cooking
instructions. Then we will focus on designing a set of functional
elements for Web services--the ingredients for the cake."

Rather than define standards for implementing specific Web services
components, FWSI will leverage applicable work within OASIS and other
standards groups. Technical Committee members predict that the work of
the WS-I Consortium will complement FWSI at OASIS.

"We are very pleased that the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee is being
launched in Singapore and has the backing of so many companies and
agencies here and around the world," said Patrick Gannon, president and
CEO of OASIS, in an address today at the iX2003 conference. "By creating
a library of core eCommerce Web services, FWSI will accelerate the
deployment of Web services and Service Oriented Architectures into the
critical eBusiness marketplace."

Members of the new OASIS FWSI Technical Committee include CommerceNet,
IDA, Information Technology Standards Committee of Singapore,
RosettaNet, SIMTech, Sun Microsystems, Center for E-Commerce
Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong,
Yellow Dragon, and other OASIS members. Participation remains open to
all organizations and individuals, and OASIS will host a mail list for
public comment.

About OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org):
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the
development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members
themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open
process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite
disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web
services, conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing,
topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded
in 1993, OASIS has more than 2,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

Additional information:

OASIS FWSI Technical Committee

Cover Pages Technology Report: Asynchronous Transactions and Web

Press contact:
Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
OASIS (www.oasis-open.org)
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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