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Subject: External References in SOA-RM Reference Architecture


When I suggested that we need to have an explicit box/conceptual 
place for "External References" beyond that allocated in Ken's 
diagram for 3rd Party Annotations from Identity & Provenance, and now 
in Danny's reworked diagram directly from Service Description,


I meant that we should explicitly call out in our Reference 
Architecture External References such as the Web Services for Remote 
Portlets Specification 1.0, which can be found at:


V 2.0 is nearing readiness for an OASIS-wide vote.

My expectation is that we will need to have a place in our 
architecture where references which specifically identify both the 
standards with which a service either complies or conforms and the 
source or custodian/location of the specification can be 

I am not suggesting that this include any specific standards, nor 
proprietary offerings such as ESBs, but I think it is necessary for 
us to include an ability to reference such specifications within the 
Service Description because they can be, and, are becoming major, if 
not required components of a Service Description.

I waited until after today's WSRP meeting to send this so that I 
could get a feel for whether anyone might be interested in pursuing 
this further, and it was suggested that I send more information about 
this to the wsrp list, so I am copying that list as well with this 

I think that this is an area where the apparently inactive SOA 
Blueprints TC could provide tech notes from the various Web Services 
TCs for connecting such specifications as WSS, SAML. XACML and the 
various Web Service Policy, WSBPEL, Web Services Reliable Messaging, 
etc., as well as WSRP.

However, be that as it may, I believe our Reference Architecture 
ought to have a place for an obvious, extent set of external 
references to key resources.

Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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