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Subject: Fwd: [members] 60-day Public Review for OASIS Reference ArchitectureFoundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA-RAF)

Please excuse the duplications, folks,

I wanted the emphasize the importance of this work, even if you have received the announcement through OASIS.

This work took more than five years and I think it will, over the years, become the checklist for those developing and deploying web services in a structured and intentionally long-lived way, e.g. governmental agencies and major corporations. It is not intended to be agile/nimble. People already do that quite well. It is the more long lasting, reliable and trustworthy purposes that it is aimed to provide for and help maintain.

It is at a level of abstraction between the purely abstract OASIS Reference Model for SOA and the more concrete SOA reference architectures such as that released by the Open Group last week and two steps more abstract than specific solution architectures. It is at a level of abstraction very close to our Reference Information Model; e.g. it is intended to provide a cookbook for more concrete architectures the same way our RIM is intended to provide the tools and common types for our functionally constrained specifications.

We need the best feedback we can get.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [members] 60-day Public Review for OASIS Reference Architecture Foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA-RAF)
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:50:54 -0400
From: chet.ensign@oasis-open.org
To: tc-announce@lists.oasis-open.org, soa-rm@lists.oasis-open.org, members@lists.oasis-open.org, oasis-board-comment@lists.oasis-open.org, tab@lists.oasis-open.org, carol.geyer@oasis-open.org

The OASIS SOA Reference Model TC [1] members have recently approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 60-day public review:

Reference Architecture Foundation for Service Oriented Architecture Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 02
06 July 2011

Specification Overview:
This document specifies the OASIS Reference Architecture Foundation for
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA-RAF). It follows from the concepts and relationships defined in the OASIS Reference Model for Service Oriented Architecture. While it remains abstract in nature, the current document describes the foundation upon which specific SOA concrete architectures can be built.

The focus of the SOA-RAF is on an approach to integrating business with the information technology needed to support it. These issues are always present but are all the more important when business integration involves crossing ownership boundaries.

The SOA-RAF follows the recommended practice of describing architecture in terms of models, views, and viewpoints, as prescribed in the ANSI /IEEE 1471-2000, (now ISO /IEC 42010-2007) Standard. The SOA-RAF is of value to Enterprise Architects, Business and IT Architects as well as CIOs and other senior executives involved in strategic business and IT planning.

TC Description:
The OASIS Service Oriented Architecture TC was constituted to develop a
Reference Model for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA-RM). This is primarily to address SOA being used as a term in many contexts and specific technology implementations, sometimes with differing - or worse, conflicting - understandings of implicit terminology and components. The Reference Model, which became an OASIS Standard, has provided
a common layer of understanding about what is SOA. The continuing work on the Reference Architecture Foundation will document needs and considerations in applying SOA-RM concepts towards SOA realizations.

Public Review Period:
The public review starts today, 24 August 2011 and ends 24 October 2011. The specification was previously submitted for public review on 13 November 2009 [2]. This review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review.

Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF file:


This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source:

ZIP distribution file (complete):
For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about the specification and the OASIS SOA Reference Model TC can be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of for OASIS Reference Architecture Foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA-RAF), we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [3] applicable especially [4] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS SOA Reference Model

[2] Previous public review announcement

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/icom/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms

Best Regards,

Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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