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Subject: OASIS News: 4 June 2007

4 June 2007

Welcome to OASIS News, a bi-weekly update of announcements, accomplishments,
and activities for the international open standards consortium.

* CAM becomes an OASIS Standard
* OASIS Standard ballot on WS-SecurityPolicy 1.2 opens soon
* Consortium solicits feedback on proposed DSS-X charter
* Week of ebXML webinars starts today
* Extreme session seeks to identify gaps in standards landscape
* TC forms OASIS DocBook Subcommittee for Publishers 	
* Eight companies will demonstrate XACML interoperability at Catalyst
* US FCC issues requirement for CAP OASIS Standard 
* LegalXML eContracts TC completes work 
* Upcoming deadlines

CAM becomes an OASIS Standard

Members have approved version 1.1 of the Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM)
specification as an OASIS Standard. CAM provides an open, XML-based system for
using business rules to define, validate, and compose specific business
documents from generalized schema elements and structures. CAM also provides
the foundation for creating industry libraries and dictionaries of schema
elements and business document structures to support business process needs.
Congratulations to TC chair, David Webber, and all the TC members for this


OASIS Standard ballot on WS-SecurityPolicy 1.2 opens soon

The OASIS Web Services Secure Exchange (WS-SX) TC has submitted
WS-SecurityPolicy version 1.2 to be considered as an OASIS Standard.
WS-SecurityPolicy defines a base set of assertions that describe how messages
are to be secured in the WS-Policy framework. On 16 June, a Call for Vote on
WS-SecurityPolicy 1.2 will be issued to all OASIS member organizations. Members
who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through


Consortium solicits feedback on proposed DSS-X charter

Members of OASIS have submitted a draft charter to establish the OASIS Digital
Signature Services eXtended (DSS-X) TC.  The group plans to facilitate the
processing of digital signatures and time stamps in a client server
environment. Following the recent completion of the OASIS DSS TC, the proposed
DSS-X work includes promoting and maintaining the DSS OASIS Standard, as well
as creating new profiles. The comment period for the charter closes 12 June


Week of ebXML webinars starts today

Monday, 4 June, begins four days of free webinars devoted to the ebXML OASIS
Standards (ISO 15000). A different standard will be featured each day at 3:00
PM GMT (8:00 AM San Francisco, 11:00 AM Boston, 4:00 PM London). Attend one or
all four. Learn about the current state of the ebXML standards from the people
who created them and who continue to advance this foundational work.


Extreme session seeks to identify gaps in standards landscape

Mary McRae of OASIS will co-host an interactive session at the Extreme Markup
Languages conference, 7-10 August, in Montréal, Canada. The conference offers
an open marketplace of theories about markup and its use in publishing,
linguistics, transformation, searching, indexing, and storage and retrieval. In
McRae's session, "Mind the Gap: Seeking holes in the markup-related standards
suite," the audience will suggest areas where new XML-related specifications
would be useful. This will be an information gathering activity, not an
evaluative process, and all suggestions are welcome. OASIS members receive 20%
discount off Extreme registration (contact events@oasis-open.org for details).


TC forms OASIS DocBook Subcommittee for Publishers 	
Chartered to develop and maintain official variants of the DocBook OASIS
Standard in support of the publishing industry, this new subcommittee will
focus on schema and stylesheet customizations for books, journals and related
publications. The effort will concentrate on building official variants on the
DocBook v5.0 schemas and address enhancement requests from real-world DocBook
implementations. The subcommittee is chaired by Scott Hudson of Flatirons.


Eight companies will demonstrate XACML interoperability at Catalyst

On 28 June, BEA Systems, IBM, Jericho Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Securent, and
other OASIS members will join together at the Catalyst Conference in San
Francisco to demonstrate interoperability of the eXtensible Access Control
Markup Language (XACML) 2.0 OASIS Standard. An extremely flexible language for
expressing access control, XACML is particularly designed to support
large-scale environments where resources are distributed and policy
administration is federated. OASIS members save up to 35% on Catalyst
registration (contact dee.schur@oasis-open.org for details).


US FCC issues requirement for CAP OASIS Standard 

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requiring
participants in its Emergency Alert System (EAS) to accept messages using the
Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS Standard. The FCC states that the use of
CAP will help ensure the efficient and rapid transmission of EAS alerts to the
public in a variety of formats (including text, audio and video) and via
different means (broadcast, cable, satellite, and other networks). 


LegalXML eContracts TC completes work 

The OASIS LegalXML eContracts TC, which was formed under the legacy OASIS
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy, did not achieve the consensus needed
to transition to the current IPR Policy and has concluded operations. The TC
produced the eContracts OASIS Committee Specification, which provides an XML
markup model that is designed to enable the efficient creation, maintenance,
management, exchange, and publication of a wide range of business and consumer
contract documents. The TC's public pages and email archives will remain
permanently accessible.


Upcoming deadlines

8 Jun:
  Emergency Data Exchange (EDXL-RM) 1.0 public review

10 Jun:
  Election Markup Language (EML) 5.0 public review

15 Jun:
  OASIS Board and TAB elections

9 Jul:
  Document standards interoperability discussion list  

16 Jul:
  Code List Representation 1.0 public review

Recent press release:

OASIS Broadens PKI Agenda to Form Identity and Trusted Infrastructure (IDtrust)
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