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Subject: [cam] OASIS TC Call for Participation: Content Assembly Mechanism

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Content
Assembly Mechanism (CAM) Technical Committee has been proposed by the
following members of OASIS: David RR Webber, XML Global; Ram Kumar, MSI;
Monica Martin, Drake-Certivo.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process
(see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to
this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list
of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's
charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by
the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions
of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical
discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS
member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC
chair, David RR Webber (david.webber@xmlglobal.com) of your intent to
participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend
the first meeting on 30 December. You should also subscribe to the TC's
mail list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not
by organization. You must be eligible for participation at the time you 
notify the chair.

The private mail list cam@lists.oasis-open.org is for committee
discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members
should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list web page at
http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a message to
cam-request@lists.oasis-open.org with the word "subscribe" as the body
of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does not make
you a member of the TC; to become a member you must contact the TC chair
and attend the first meeting as described in the preceeding paragraph.)

A public comment list will be available for the public to make comments
on the work of this TC; a message may be sent to the TC via the address

The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

Proposal to form an OASIS TC.

The name of the TC is Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) TC.

The purpose of this TC is to provide a specification of a generalized 
mechanism in XML whereby implementers can deliver the means to bring 
together business process context and the localized implementation 
business rules needed to take a raw industry standard schema instance 
and combine that with actual business information content, context and 
roles and produce a valid consistent XML document instance.

OASIS is developing specifications for business process mechanisms, 
industry standard schemas, registry systems, and schema mechanisms. The 
CAM specification will allow these four components to be brought 
together in a consistent and standard way and publish assembly 
implementation instructions based on these OASIS specifications. This 
will facilitate the work of industry groups and allow development of 
software tools that work consistently with all these specifications.

OASIS CAM project will contribute to the horizontal and e-business 
framework specifications of OASIS and will also provide interoperability 
for other XML and non-XML standards working together.

The CAM TC will include derived business context mechanism support 
within the assembly process and thus harmonize with existing OASIS work 
where business context is used.

List of deliverables with projected dates:

First draft of Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) - Feb 2003
Public review release of CAM specification      - Apr 2003
Formally approved OASIS CAM v1.0 specification  - Jul 2003

Language in which the TC will conduct business: English

Date and time of the first meeting:

Monday, December 30th, 2002, teleconference call.

Meetings will be scheduled bi-weekly on a continuing basis from the 
first meeting, as teleconference calls. Occasional face-to-face meetings 
will also be arranged where applicable in conjunction with OASIS 
sponsored conference events.

Eligible persons committed to the above meeting schedule:

- David RR Webber, david.webber@xmlglobal.com, XML Global
- Ram Kumar, rkumar@msi.com.au, MSI
- Monica Martin, mmartin@certivo.net, Drake-Certivo

TC chair is :  David RR Webber, XML Global Technologies Inc.

Phone meeting sponsors include:

     XML Global Technologies Inc.

Face-to-face meeting sponsors:

     In conjunction with OASIS sponsored events.

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