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Subject: Re: [oasis-charter-discuss] Proposed Charter for OASIS Content ManagementInteroperability Services (CMIS) TC

I urge the proposed TC to revisit the importance of Java JSR 170 and 283.

Speaking for JSR170, the work did a good job of establishing common 
interfaces to the major content management systems. While the TC will be 
defining XML specifications and bindings, the hard work of data model 
and abstract capabilities was done in JSR 170.

For heterogeneous systems, interoperation is easier if there are common 
operations and semantics. The TC, in my opinion, would produce a more 
useful and interoperable specification by modeling JSR 170/283.

The same approach of taking the same concepts, semantics, and operations 
and achieving consistency between WS-RemotePortlet and JSR 168 was 
extremely successful, and in fact led to commercial applications (in 
alpha) for WSRP being available the same week of the completion of the 

There are other examples available -- common semantic underpinnings and 
common operations lead to effective and early implementations.

bill cox

Mary McRae wrote:
> To OASIS Members:
>   A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the OASIS Content
> Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical Committee (below). In
> accordance with the OASIS TC Process Policy section 2.2: 
> (http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2008-06-19.php#formation) the
> proposed charter is hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall
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> Regards,
> Mary
> ---------------------------------------------------
> Mary P McRae
> Director, Technical Committee Administration
> OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
> email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
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> phone: 1.603.232.9090 
> ===========
> 1A Name of the TC: 
> OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Technical
> Committee
> 1B Statement of Purpose: 
> Historically content management systems were purchased for specific
> application uses and this led to islands of incompatible systems. The lack
> of a standard interface to content management systems made it difficult to
> integrate content from multiple repositories into a single application such
> as a portal, CRM system, or office desktop. It also made it difficult for
> ISVs and integrators to build applications that supported multiple content
> management systems consistently or easily.  
> The purpose of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) TC
> will define a domain model including a data model and abstract capabilities
> for Content Management (CM) and a set of bindings that can be used by
> applications to work with one or more Content Management
> Repositories/systems and that can be implemented by content repositories and
> enable interoperability across repositories for the set of use cases below.
> These capabilities and interfaces will not match every existing content
> management system and may require some level of change to existing products,
> at least in terms of conforming existing interfaces to those defined here.
> However, it is an explicit goal that CMIS Domain Model and Bindings will NOT
> require major product changes or significant data model changes in existing
> major CM repositories.
> As such, the CMIS TC should define a domain model and bindings that are
> designed to be layered on top of existing Content Management systems and
> their existing programmatic interfaces. This TC should not prescribe how
> specific features should be implemented within those ECM systems. This TC is
> intended to define a generic/universal set of capabilities provided by an
> ECM system and a set of services for working with those capabilities.  
> 1C Scope of work:
> The TC will accept as input Version 0.5 of the CMIS specification as
> published by EMC, IBM and Microsoft on September 10th, 2008. The
> specification is located at:
> * http://community.emc.com/community/labs/cmis 
> *
> http://www.ibm.com/software/data/content-management/cm-interoperablity-servi
> ces.html 
> * http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/capabilities/ecm/cmis.mspx  
> Other contributions and changes to the input documents will be accepted for
> consideration without any prejudice or restrictions and evaluated based on
> technical merit in so far as they conform to this charter.  
> The initial set of deliverables will be targeted for the following use
> cases:
> * Collaborative Content Applications
> * Portals leveraging Content Management repositories
> * Mashups
> The following use cases should be able to be supported by CMIS Domain Model
> and Bindings, but are not primary drivers:
> * Workflow and BPM-centric applications utilizing Content
> * Archival Applications
> * Compound and Virtual Documents
> * Electronic and Legal Discovery
> The following use cases are out of scope for the initial set of
> deliverables:
> * Records Management and Compliance
> * Digital Asset Management
> * Web Content Management
> * Subscription and Notification Services
> Also, this TC will engage in maintenance of the specifications produced by
> this TC.
> The tasks of the TC include:
> * To articulate the principles of the interoperable content management
> through formal specifications 
> * To assess the relationship of CMIS to other related standards and industry
> efforts.  These include JCR (JSR-170, JSR-283), WebDAV, and other relevant
> standards.
> * To define appropriate specifications for interoperable content management 
>   o Including schemas, such as XSD
>   o Including service definitions, such as WSDL
> * To standardize the common types of entities and capabilities in CM
> * To encourage cooperation within and between the various topical domains
> and groups
> Maintenance
> Once the TC has completed work on a deliverable and it has become an OASIS
> standard, the TC will enter "maintenance mode" for the deliverable.
> The purpose of maintenance mode is to provide minor revisions to previously
> adopted deliverables to clarify ambiguities, inconsistencies and obvious
> errors. Maintenance mode is not intended to enhance a deliverable or extend
> its functionality.
> The TC will collect issues raised against the deliverables and periodically
> process those issues. Issues that request or require new or enhanced
> functionality shall be marked as enhancement requests and set aside. Issues
> that result in the clarification or correction of the deliverables shall be
> processed. The TC shall maintain a list of these adopted clarifications and
> shall periodically create a new minor revision of the deliverables including
> these updates. Periodically, but at least once a year, the TC shall produce
> and vote upon a new minor revision of the deliverables.
> After the first set of deliverables, the TC will continue to work on the
> next versions of the specification.  The next versions can address new or
> refine existing use cases by extending the domain model as well as defining
> new bindings as appropriate to support Interoperable Content Management.
> 1D List of Deliverables:
> The initial set of deliverables and projected duration: 
> * CMIS Domain model specification (September 2009)
> * CMIS SOAP-based Web Services binding specification (September 2009)
> * CMIS REST/Atom-based Web Services binding specification (September 2009)
> 1E IPR Mode: 
> The IP mode for the TC will be RF on RAND.
> 1F Audience for the TC:  
> The primary audience for the final output of this TC includes ECM and BCS
> application architects and ECM repository architects and implementers.
> 1G The language in which the TC shall conduct business:
> English
> 2 – Non-normative information
> 2A identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other
> OASIS TCs or by other organizations:
> 	WebDAV: Not targeting ECM and does not provide a CM domain model
> 	JCR: Java based specification and does not specify a protocol
> 2B Date, time and place of the first TC meeting: 
> * 12PM EDT/9AM PDT, 11/10/2008, conference call hosted by EMC
> 2C On-going meeting schedule:
> The CMIS TC will meet by telephone every other week at Monday 9AM PST.  The
> time, date and recurrence of the periodic phone call will be confirmed at
> the first TC meeting.  The meetings will last no more than two hours.  The
> CMIS TC will hold face-to-face meetings 3 times a year for three days
> starting:
> * 1/19/2009 (Redmond, Washington, hosted by Ethan Gur-esh, Microsoft)
> 2D names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least
> Minimum Membership 
> Albert Brown, albertcbrown@us.ibm.com, IBM
> Cornelia Davis, Davis_Cornelia@emc.com, EMC
> Craig Randall, Randall_Craig@emc.com, EMC
> Derek Carr, dwcarr@us.ibm.com, IBM
> David Caruana, david.caruana@alfresco.com, Alfresco
> David Choy, Choy_David@emc.com, EMC
> Dustin Friesenhahn, dustinfr@microsoft.com, Microsoft
> Paul Goetz, paul.goetz@sap.com, SAP
> Ethan Gur-esh, ethang@microsoft.com, Microsoft
> Martin Hermes, martin.hermes@sap.com, SAP
> Jens Hübel, jhuebel@opentext.com, Open Text
> Ryan McVeigh, ryan.mcveigh@oracle.com, Oracle
> Gregory Melahn, melahn@us.ibm.com, IBM
> Pat Miller, patmill@microsoft.com, Microsoft
> Florian Müller, fmueller@opentext.com, Open Text
> John Newton, john.newton@alfresco.com, Alfresco
> Norrie Quinn, quinn_norrie@emc.com, EMC
> Steve Roth, steve.roth@oracle.com, Oracle	
> 2E Convener
> Al Brown, IBM, albertcbrown@us.ibm.com
> 2G Input Specifications
> CMIS Part I – Domain Model v0.5
> CMIS Part II – Web Services Binding v0.5
> CMIS Part II – REST-Atom Binding v0.5
> CMIS -- Appendices v0.5 
> (Available at:
> * http://community.emc.com/community/labs/cmis  
> *
> http://www.ibm.com/software/data/content-management/cm-interoperablity-servi
> ces.html  
> * http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/capabilities/ecm/cmis.mspx   )
> 2I Proposed Specification Titles
> Content Management Interoperability Specification, Domain Model
> Content Management Interoperability Specification, Web Service Binding
> Content Management Interoperability Specification, REST/Atom Binding
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