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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - BIAS SOAP Profile Version 1.0

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Integration TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership for a vote for OASIS Standard:

Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) SOAP Profile Version 1.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
02 February 2012

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met, the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot opens at 00:00 am EDT on 10 May 2012 and closes at 11:59 pm EDT on 24 May 2012. You can access the ballot to cast your vote at:


The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 49  (15% of 321).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the OASIS Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Integration TC -- 

Information about the specification can be found on the TC wiki at http://wiki.oasis-open.org/bias/.

BIAS SOAP Profile Version 1.0 specifies how to use the XML defined in ANSI INCITS 442-2010 – Biometric Identity Assurance Services [INCITS-BIAS] to invoke Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)-based services that implement BIAS operations.  These SOAP-based services enable an application to invoke biometric identity assurance operations remotely in a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure.

The BIAS SOAP Profile specifies XML-encoded SOAP messages to exchange biometric data and perform biometric-based identity operations. BIAS is intended to provide a common, yet flexible, Web Services interface that can be used within both closed and open SOA systems.  

The BIAS SOAP Profile is a companion document to ANSI INCITS 442-2010 - Biometric Identity Assurance Services. The INCITS document defines the general architecture, requirements, operations, and data elements. The OASIS document specifies the SOAP binding/implementation of these operations. 

The specification was approved as a Candidate OASIS Standard on 02 February 2012. Statements of use were received from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Viometric LLC and the Department of Defense (DoD) Biometric Identity Management Agency (BIMA) [2]

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source (Authoritative):







Distribution ZIP files:

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


-- Additional information -- 

[1] OASIS Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Integration TC

TC Charter

[2] Statements of Use: 
- Viometric, LLC, 5 January 2012: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bias/201201/msg00000.html

- NIST, 11 January 2012: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bias/201201/msg00003.html

- Department of Defense (DoD) Biometric Identity Management Agency (BIMA), 16 January 2012: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bias/201201/msg00004.html 


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

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