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Subject: Re: [dipal-discuss] How to move forward

It seems that one route to success is to initially develop a version
0.8 of a spec off-line before submitting it to any standards group.
That can be done by a group of committed folk who would not need
universal approval. Of course, that requires foresight etc on the
part of the sponsoring companies.
What do you think would be the scope of an independent DIPAL? The
answer to that question would be critical, for example, to Fujitsu's
interest in participation.

On Jan 30, 2006, at 7:35 AM, Anne Anderson wrote:

> Colleagues,
> I would like to start a discussion of the practicalities of moving  
> forward with a standard for a "domain-independent policy assertion  
> language".  Here are some possibilities as I see them, with their  
> pluses and minuses.
> 1. Start a new OASIS TC for DIPAL.
> PLUSES: The TC could focus on identifying or developing the best  
> language for the job.
> MINUSES: We have a chicken and egg problem: until one or more  
> domains use DIPAL for expressing their policies, organizations  
> can't justify spending resources to standardize it.  But until it  
> is standardized, no domains are able to use it.  Most organizations  
> are already strained for resources to cover the various web  
> services standards being developed, so it is not clear that we  
> could get enough people to staff a new OASIS TC even if many  
> organizations would like to see such a standard developed.
> 2. Move DIPAL forward in the OASIS XACML TC.
> PLUSES: if we use WS-PolicyConstraints, or something similar, it is  
> already XACML-based.  XACML needs a profile for expressing  
> authorization policies for web services, so the work could be  
> justified.  Applications to other domains could be done via white  
> papers, conference papers, etc.  XACML TC members already  
> understand the constraint-based approach to policy expression.
> MINUSES: XACML's charter is limited to authorization and access  
> control.  Based on earlier votes objecting to the scope of WSPL, a  
> DIPAL spec in the XACML TC could use only authorization and access  
> control examples. This makes it look like a one-domain language and  
> makes it harder to "sell" for other domains.  Also, the XACML TC is  
> a small group, and might not have enough bandwidth to take this on  
> without new members to champion the work.
> 3. Include DIPAL as an option in WS-Policy standardization.
> PLUSES: This would make clear how DIPAL is used for multiple  
> domains, and would allow close integration of DIPAL with WS-Policy  
> syntax.
> MINUSES: There has been no official interest in DIPAL from the WS- 
> Policy sponsors.  WS-Policy has still not been submitted to a  
> standards group, and this may reflect enough internal conflict  
> among its sponsors that they are unlikely to agree on adding yet  
> another component.
> 4. Include DIPAL as an option in another standard.
> PLUSES: Could fit with WS-Agreement, or could be standardized along  
> with the policy schema for some particular domain.
> MINUSES: As with the XACML TC option, this risks making DIPAL look  
> like a one-domain language.  No other standards WG or TC has  
> indicated interest in taking on DIPAL.
> Thoughts?  Suggestions?
> Regards,
> Anne
> -- 
> Anne H. Anderson               Anne.Anderson@sun.com
> Sun Microsystems Labs          1-781-442-0928
> Burlington, MA USA
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