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Subject: Call for Participation - OASIS Symposium in April

OASIS Symposium: The Future of XML Vocabularies
24-26 April 2005 
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Event Web site:  Coming soon - please refer to the OASIS Web site in

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - deadline 13 December 2004

Successful business integration effectively relies on agreement between
parties on the vocabularies that define the messages they exchange.
Several OASIS committees are working to define the schema and semantics
of vocabularies exchanged in specific industry-vertical domains. Other
efforts, including the OASIS UBL Technical Committee, OAGIS and the
UN/CEFACT Core Components Working Group, are defining vocabularies
intended for cross-industry use. 

No business community operates in isolation, however, and as more
industries recognize the necessity of standardizing documents amongst
their immediate trading partners, it becomes essential to expand these
networks. Consumers and suppliers in adjacent verticals must be able to
share best practices and methods of encouraging favorable development.

OASIS invites proposals for talks, panel sessions and tutorials on
topics related to the development or use of business vocabularies,
including but not limited to: 

1. The challenges in developing domain-specific vocabularies in an
increasingly cross-industry, cross-language, and cross-border world:
How are domain-specific vocabulary development groups dealing with
investment protection via schema extensibility and/or versioning,
component reuse, schema co-constraints, business validation rules, and
management policies?

2. The challenges in developing cross-industry vocabularies and
component dictionaries such as OASIS UBL, OAGI, UN/CEFACT Core
Components, and RosettaNet: What relevance, if any, do they have to
other domain-specific vocabulary development initiatives?

3. The continued relevance of the various initiatives to develop
industry-specific vocabularies:  What connections are or should there be
to other domain-specific vocabulary development initiatives?

4. "Best practices" for the development of domain-specific vocabularies:
How should these evolve in the context of GRID computing, distributed
management, choreography, and business processes?

5. The challenges of developing and using cross-industry syntax and
vocabularies in B2B Web services, and the dependencies on common
business vocabularies.

6. The application of business process rules and policies in the
implementation of XML vocabularies in both domain-specific and
cross-industry efforts: How could WSBPEL and other committees make use
of different domain-specific XML vocabularies?

7. The benefit of mapping semantic reasoning technology, e.g., the W3C
OWL-S (Web Ontology Language) and RDF (Resource Description Framework),
between dissimilar domain-specific XML vocabularies: How can we apply
these technologies to the mapping and interoperability issues?

8. The need for and impact of internationalizing and localizing XML
vocabularies: How could XML vocabularies and multi-lingual technical
dictionaries enable dual language, cross-border electronic trade? How
does the mapping between different industries, governing rules, and
languages drive future work?

The Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that
identify the need for new activities to create or advance
domain-specific and/or general-use vocabularies. 

Proposals related to current specification work, i.e.,  efforts underway
within  OASIS TCs or other standards bodies, should emphasize the
development, usage, application, deployment, and interoperability
aspects, and future considerations, as opposed to merely summarizing the
specification work.


The program committee invites submissions of proposals for a
presentation, panel discussion, or tutorial that addresses the future of
XML vocabularies.  The program committee may adapt or restructure
proposals submitted to ensure an interesting and technically compelling

Presentations should be 40 minutes long including question and answer
time. Sessions will consist of related presentations, ending with a
question-and-answer session directed to the presenters.  

Panel sessions should be 60 minutes long. Proposals for panels should
include the topic, three to four potential panelists (name and/or role)
and proposed format (e.g. Q&A, short presentations). 

Tutorials should be half-day sessions.  Tutorial proposals should state
intended audience and learning objectives. 

OASIS will publish online proceedings of the Symposium. Authors should
arrange any necessary releases for publication prior to submitting

To submit a proposal, please send the following information by email to

* The full contact details (name, affiliation, email, phone, postal
address) of one presenter who will act as the primary contact for the
proposal or panel discussion; 
* The full list of authors and/or additional presenters, if any; 
* Brief biography (one paragraph) for all authors; 
* A one-page abstract outlining the subject, title, and key points of
your proposal, panel discussion, or tutorial.

An online submission form will be available on the OASIS Symposium Web
site in November.

All submissions will be acknowledged.


Proposals Due		13 December 2004
Notification		Starting 21 January 2005
Materials Due		4 April 2005
Symposium			25-26 April 2005


The Program Committee is the OASIS Technical Advisory Board (TAB):
* Karl Best, OASIS  
* William Cox, Individual Member (co-chair)
* Chris Ferris, IBM
* Eduardo Gutentag, Sun
* Tim Moses, Entrust
* Pete Wenzel, SeeBeyond
* Jacques Durand, Fujitsu
* Jishnu Mukerji, HP (co-chair)
* Mike Mahan, Nokia
* Timothy Stevens, LexisNexis

The OASIS Annual General Meeting for Members and OASIS Technical
Committee meetings will be held in New Orleans immediately following the
Symposium. All OASIS members are strongly encouraged to attend these

For further information, comments, and questions, send email to

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