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Subject: FW: OASIS TC Call For Participation: ebXML Business Process

Members of existing OASIS ebXML TCs:

     As many of you already are aware, we are pleased to welcome most of 
the editing team for the ebXML BPSS to the OASIS technical committee 
announced below.  We look forward to its success in maintaining and 
updating a modular, interoperable and vendor-neutral ebXML business process 
     Attached below is the message from my colleague OASIS CEO Patrick 
Gannon, announcing this effort to the wide community of supporters and 
interested parties who have worked with us to develop and implement ebXML 
during the project's first four years.
     We are grateful for your continuing time and effort in support of the 

>From:   Patrick Gannon
>Sent:   Friday, September 19, 2003
>Subject:        FW: [OASIS members] OASIS TC Call For Participation: ebXML 
>Business Process
>A Message for Leaders in Consortia Supporting ebXML Standards:
>Today, OASIS sent the attached Call for Participation to our members.  We 
>felt that those organizations who have actively worked with OASIS over the 
>past four years during the development and deployment of the ebXML open 
>standards would want to know about additional ebXML work being continued 
>at OASIS.
>In late August, CEFACT announced that they reached the successful 
>completion of their portion of the ebXML project. At that time, CEFACT 
>announced their plans to pursue a technology-neutral business framework 
>program. As OASIS continues to successfully advance the body of ebXML 
>specifications--Messaging, Registry, and CPP/A, it is logical for ebXML 
>BPSS supporters to also want to continue development of an XML-specific 
>implementation of BPSS at OASIS.
>Most of the initial participants in the CEFACT ebXML BPSS project and 
>co-editors of the most recent drafts have helped to form the OASIS ebBP TC 
>-- which will continue work on ebXML BPSS, starting from the version 1.01 
>specification jointly developed by OASIS and CEFACT.
>The new OASIS ebBP TC will commence work under the open process of OASIS 
>that will effectively advance the standard and future enhancements, as 
>well as maintain the core premises of the ebXML architecture: 
>interoperability, modularity, and use of XML. Further development of this 
>specification at OASIS will also enable greater industry participation and 
>coordination across the ebXML specifications. We also expect this to help 
>increase the coordination between ebBP and other OASIS specifications.
>The audience for participation in this work includes the business analyst, 
>enterprise developer or business process user, particularly those 
>interested in the use of the openly available ebXML stack of 
>specifications. Industry user groups, industry standards groups and 
>end-users are encouraged to participate and to contribute feature requests 
>that would make the sequencing constructs valuable for their specialized 
>business needs and issues. ISV technologists wishing to contribute under 
>royalty-free terms to one of the most crucial specifications in the ebXML 
>family also are urged to join. All current users of the ebXML framework 
>who can best provide usability and interoperability feedback likewise are 
>very much welcome as participants and contributors.
>Since OASIS members continue to support ongoing development and adoption 
>of the ebXML standards, we will continue to actively promote the global 
>implementation of the family of ebXML standards.  In addition, OASIS 
>supports more than nine (9) technical committees advancing specifications 
>for Web Services, including:
>- Universal Description, Discovery and Integration Specification (UDDI Spec),
>- Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP), - Web Services Security (WSS),
>- Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM),
>- Web Services Reliable Messaging (WSRM),
>- Web Services Business Process Execution Language (WSBPEL),
>- Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF),
>- Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI),
>- Translation Web Services,
>plus the numerous other security and vocabulary standards that are being 
>developed and deployed in web services environments.
>Together, this work in ebXML and web services provides the user 
>communities represented by your organizations with a broad range of 
>Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) related standards to choose 
>from.  Many of your organizations are working with OASIS to develop 
>industry-specific implementation profiles from this range of eBusiness 
>framework standards. We welcome your suggestions on any future activities 
>that we can do to assist your organization in the advancement of open 
>standards for eBusiness.
>A FAQ for the ebBP TC is available at
>Other information on implementations is available from the ebXML website, 
>Please direct any questions to myself and Carol Geyer, OASIS Director of 
>Communications. We welcome your participation in this effort at OASIS and 
>appreciate your support of the ebXML activities over the past four years.
>Best regards,
>Patrick Gannon
>President & CEO
>630 Boston Road
>Billerica, MA 01821 USA
>+1.978.667.5115 x201 (Office)
>+1.978.761.3546  (Mobile)
>------------------------Original Message------------------------
>>From: James Bryce Clark [jamie.clark@oasis-open.org]
>>Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 3:02 PM
>>To: members@lists.oasis-open.org; xml-dev@lists.xml.org; 
>>Subject: [OASIS members] OASIS TC Call For Participation: ebXML Business 
>>A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS ebXML Business 
>>Process Technical Committee (ebXML BP TC) has been proposed by the 
>>following members of OASIS: Jacques Durand, Fujitsu; Jean-Jacques Dubray, 
>>attachmate; Neelekantan Kartha, Sterling Commerce; Dale Moberg, Cyclone 
>>Commerce; Himagiri Mukkamala, Sybase; Monica J. Martin, Sun Microsystems; 
>>and Martin Roberts and John Yunker, both individual members.
>>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.
>>As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a 
>>member of the TC are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member 
>>organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of 
>>your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; 
>>and 3) attend the first meeting of the TC.
>>For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS collaborative 
>>tools, go to the TC's public page at
>>[http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ebxml-bp] and click on the button 
>>for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the 
>>roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become 
>>a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent 
>>to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above. You may join a TC 
>>at any time after the first meeting, but in order to be a voting member 
>>at the first TC meeting you must a) register at least 15 days before the 
>>first meeting and b) attend the first meeting.
>>Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.
>>For non-OASIS members, a public comment list 
>>[ebxml-bp-comment@lists.oasis-open.org] is available for the public to 
>>make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this 
>>list by sending mail to [ebxml-bp-comment-subscribe@lists.oasis-open.org].
>>The archives of the TC's private and comment mail lists are visible to 
>>the public at [http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/].
>>Further information about this topic may be found on the Cover Pages 
>>under the topic of "Standards for Business Process Modeling, 
>>Collaboration, and Choreography" at [http://xml.coverpages.org/bpm.html].
>>A FAQ for the TC is available at
>>~   James Bryce Clark
>>~   Manager Tech Stds Dev, OASIS Open
>>~   +1 978 667 5115 x 203 office
>>~   +1 310 293 6739 cel
>>The following information will become the normative TC charter:
>>The name of this Technical Committee is the OASIS ebXML Business Process 
>>Technical Committee (TC).
>>The purpose of the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC is to continue work on 
>>a royalty-free technology representation and model compatible with an 
>>underlying generic metamodel for business processes, activities, and 
>>collaboration. This business collaboration could occur within or between 
>>enterprises. The collaboration may be enforceable, easily manageable, 
>>and/or traceable. This representation and model will provide a set of 
>>guidelines to define the business process-rules, semantics and syntax for 
>>both binary and multi-party collaborations.  The representation and model 
>>will work within the ebXML architecture (for metamodel and model 
>>exchange) and will also support standards-based development and exchange 
>>of business process definitions.
>>In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve any 
>>technical specification if it believes that the use, distribution, or 
>>implementation of such specification would necessarily require the 
>>unauthorized infringement of any third party rights known to the 
>>Technical Committee, and such third party has not agreed to provide 
>>necessary license rights on perpetual, royalty-free, non-discriminatory terms.
>>At the appropriate time the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC shall submit 
>>its Committee Drafts for balloting by OASIS membership for OASIS Standard 
>>The OASIS ebXML Business Process TC's effort will address and align with 
>>vertical industry needs for business process collaboration and focus on 
>>ease of use.  The specification can be integrated into and bind with 
>>existing or emerging technologies.
>>The TC's work should build upon similar, existing standards wherever 
>>possible and align with other relevant standards for:
>>* Feature reuse
>>* Bindings
>>* Guidelines on how to jointly use the specification with other related 
>>* Addressing requirements from other related standards
>>The following features are outside the TC's scope:
>>* Specific business process interface descriptions
>>* Business process execution languages
>>* The run-time execution instance
>>The specification will support the computable and executable language 
>>used for business collaboration, rather than the processing accomplished 
>>from the view of a single party. The TC may identify bindings to support 
>>the business process instance and ultimately the run-time execution. A 
>>binding (map) could enable other executable process mechanisms to drive 
>>enterprise applications where ebBP controls (rather than create) service 
>>The TC will base its work upon the ebXML BPSS v1.01 specification (ebXML 
>>Business Process Specification Schema v1.01, 
>>http://www.ebxml.org/specs/index.htm) jointly developed by OASIS and 
>>UN/CEFACT, and derivative work expected to be donated by co-sponsors and 
>>The work of the TC will:
>>* Enable business systems to be configured in a canonical way to support 
>>the execution of business collaborations and transactions. This will 
>>improve interoperability of business processes across and within 
>>enterprises and should help to simplify and converge current 
>>collaboration models and methodologies.
>>* Enable an organization to express characteristics of its business 
>>processes -- such as configuration parameters specific to choreography 
>>and business collaboration and refined by a collaboration agreement (such 
>>as an ebXML Collaboration Profile Agreement) -- to enable electronic 
>>integration of business processes as part of a larger collaboration. This 
>>includes the interaction points in the organization's business process to 
>>determine whether and how to engage in a collaboration and the kinds of 
>>information exchanges required.  ebBP will be capable of working with 
>>e-business specifications from other industry and standards organizations 
>>such as RosettaNet, EAN.UCC, and UN/CEFACT.
>>* Provide integrated operational and functional service views of business 
>>processes, which will enable business analysts to more directly 
>>participate in business collaboration creation and management.
>>* Allow business process models to be expressed visually (through 
>>diagrams) and in XML (machine readable).
>>* Support the ebXML framework and Web services to provide a loosely 
>>coupled, highly aligned specification set, while enabling support for 
>>other emerging technologies.  Promote the utility of this principle, 
>>through, for example, actively working with other OASIS technical 
>>committees, industry and standards organizations.
>>* Requirements document: Due within 2 months of first meeting.
>>* ebXML Business Process specification and schemas: This specification 
>>will reflect refinements and changes made to the submitted version of 
>>ebXML BPSS that are identified by the TC members for additional 
>>functionality, semantic clarity and technical robustness within the scope 
>>of the TC charter. Final draft will be due within 6 months of first meeting.
>>* Industry or domain specific examples or implementation guides may be 
>>developed. The due dates will be determined after the initial set of 
>>deliverables is complete.
>>The primary audience for the final output of this TC is business process 
>>analysts and implementers.
>>All business will be conducted in English.
>>The following is informational only for the purpose of starting the TC:
>>As appropriate, the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC will collaborate with 
>>other relevant OASIS TCs, such as the Web Services Business Process 
>>Execution Language (WSBPEL), ebXML Message Service, ebXML Collaboration 
>>Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPP/A), and the ebXML Implementation, 
>>Interoperability and Conformance (IIC) TC. The TC will also work to align 
>>with relevant efforts of other organizations, such as the W3C's Web 
>>Service Architecture Working Group and Web Services Choreography Working 
>>Group, RosettaNet, the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI), and the 
>>United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness (UN/CEFACT) 
>>To further our work and purpose, other liaisons may be established.
>>The first meeting of the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC will take place 
>>on 20 October 2003, at 9:00 a.m. PT over the phone, at a number to be 
>>provided to prospective participants no later than 5 days before the 
>>meeting. That date and time will be the time of record for establishing 
>>initial voting membership under the OASIS TC process.
>>After the initial teleconference meeting the TC shall meet bi-weekly over 
>>the phone unless another schedule is agreed upon. For example, phone 
>>meetings will not be necessary during face-to-face meetings.
>>A face-to-face meeting of the TC in the San Francisco area of the U.S. 
>>shall be arranged at the first phone meeting, to take place no later than 
>>three months after this initial phone meeting. Subsequent face-to-face 
>>meetings will be quarterly.
>>The sponsor for the first year of face-to-face meeting shall be Sun 
>>Microsystems, with the first physical meeting to be held in the San 
>>Francisco Bay Area. The sponsor for phone meetings during the first year 
>>shall be Sun Microsystems and Cyclone Commerce, although support will be 
>>requested from other TC members.
>>The following persons eligible to participate in OASIS technical 
>>committees state that they are committed to the purpose and schedule 
>>stated above:
>>Jacques Durand, Fujitsu, Jacques.Durand@fsw.fujitsu.com
>>Jean-Jacques Dubray, attachmate, jeanjadu@Attachmate.com
>>Neelekantan Kartha, Sterling Commerce,
>>Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce, dmoberg@cyclonecommerce.com
>>Himagiri Mukkamala, Sybase, himagiri@sybase.com
>>Martin Roberts, individual, martin.me.roberts@bt.com
>>John Yunker, individual, yunker@amazon.com
>>Monica J. Martin, Sun Microsystems, monica.martin@sun.com
>>The Convenor shall be Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce.
>>The proposed chairs are Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce, and Monica J. 
>>Martin, Sun Microsystems.

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