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Subject: OASIS TC Call for Participation: OASIS BIAS Integration TC

    A new OASIS technical committee is being formed.  The OASIS Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Integration Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below.  The proposal, below, meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [a].  The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter.  Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

    This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b].  The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see details below) are that:
    (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS;
    (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement (see [c]);
    (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and
    (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below.
Of course, it also will be possible to join the TC at a later time.  Standards always are improved by broad participation.

    Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [c].  Our rules and structure are designed to promote inclusiveness.  We look forward to assisting parties interested in joining the broad community working on OASIS standardization projects.  All also are welcome to take advantage of the public resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, which will be available via the TC's public home page at [d].  Archives of the TC's mail list and public comment lists, as with all OASIS TCs, will be visible at [e].

    Further information generally related to the topic area addressed by this TC may be found on the Cover Pages at "XML and Security":  http://xml.coverpages.org/security.html

    Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback. JBC

~  James Bryce Clark
~  Director, Standards Development, OASIS
~  jamie.clark@oasis-open.org

[a] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php
[b] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php
[c] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/
[d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=bias
[e] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bias


a. TC Name

OASIS Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Integration Technical Committee

b. Statement of purpose

The Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) project of Committee M1 of INCITS (the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards, www.incits.org) is intended to provide the biometrics and security industries with a documented, open framework for deploying and invoking [biometric] identity assurance capabilities that can be readily accessed as services.   The OASIS BIAS Integration TC is intended to define and describe methods and bindings by which that INCITS BIAS framework of services, and elements of it, can be used within XML-based transactional Web services and service-oriented architectures.

It is expected that the two initiatives will inform and improve each other:  BIAS should significantly increase the functional opportunities for implementing security and other identity related functions in XML-based systems;  and presently-developed SOA methods for exchanging information, transactions and security data may provide useful methods, constraints and patterns for the broader and more robust use of BIAS data.

c. Scope of work

The TC will specify a set of patterns and bindings for the implementation of the proposed taxonomy of BIAS functional operations as they are developed and defined, using Web services and service-oriented XML methods.

The TC will review, and if appropriate recommend enhancements to, the definitions and taxonomies of [those] BIAS operations, to leverage known information exchange and assurance patterns (such as message reliability acknowledgments) and functions (such as repository use and calls) arising in service-oriented systems, and potentially to leverage those functions and features that already are embedded in existing SOA methods and standards.

The TC will not implement actual software products or solutions based on the specifications developed along the course of work of this group.

d.  Deliverables

*  Preliminary mapping of draft BIAS functions to SOA standards and patterns:  approximately 2 months from TC launch (or 1 month from BIAS first working draft, if later)

*  (optional) Feedback to draft taxonomy of BIAS operations may be produced as appropriate upon receipt of drafts from INCITS M1:  approximately 1month from INCITS issuance of first and subsequent working drafts

* (optional) Revised mapping of draft BIAS functions to SOA standards and patterns:  approximately 1 month from INCITS issuance of first and subsequent working drafts

*  (optional) Revised feedback and commentary on taxonomy of BIAS functions:  approximately 1 month from INCITS issuance of final BIAS version for public review taxonomy

* Final mapping of BIAS functions (and any extensions) to SOA standards and patterns:  approximately 2 months from INCITS issuance of final BIAS version for public review taxonomy.  This will be the ultimate version intended for promulgation along with the final BIAS taxonomy, and potentially for co-submission to other bodies for further approvals.

* Technical Reports and White Papers may be drafted as appropriate, e.g., should an implementation issue arise that is of particular interest or requires further study.

e. IPR Mode

TC will operate under "RF on Limited Terms" mode.

f. Anticipated audience/users

The anticipated audience for this work includes all OASIS Web Service, ebXML and SOA-oriented TCs, all OASIS security-oriented TCs, other standards groups pursuing similar work, biometrics and security function research and interest groups, SOA architects and programmers, vendors and users.

g. Language in which the TC will conduct business

English. The TC may elect to form subcommittees that produce localized documentation of the TC's work in additional languages.

INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL (not part of the TC's charter)

a. Related Work

Close liaison will be required with the following INCITS TC since the services to be integrated are being defined therein:

INCITS M1 - Biometrics TC

Additionally, within OASIS, all TCs that produce specifications that may consume security services are the primary target of this work. (The BIAS integration work will leverage work and deliverables from these groups as needed as well.)  It is anticipated that liaisons may be needed with and/or work may be re-used from multiple SOA-related Technical Committees including the following:

OASIS SOA Reference Model TC
OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints TC
OASIS Web Services Security TC
OASIS Security Services (SAML) TC
OASIS ebXML Registry TC
OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints TC
OASIS ebXML Messaging TC
W3C XML Protocol (SOAP) Working Group
W3C WS Description (WSDL) Working Group
CEN/ISSS Biometrics working teams
Liberty Alliance

b. Anticipated Contributions

INCITS BIAS model (for comment and augmentation; taxonomy remains with INCITS).  This is a work in progress.  See first preliminary draft posted by Committee M1 for public comment at  http://www.incits.org/tc_home/m1htm/docs/m1060127.pdf

c. First Meeting

Date:  16 March 2006
Time:  11:00 am Eastern US
Type:  Teleconference
Call-in data: To be announced to sign-up list
Sponsor:  Daon

d. Meeting Schedule

The expected meeting schedule will be monthly conference calls as well as quarterly Face-to-Face meetings, pending approval and adoption by the TC.  Sponsors will be drawn from the TC membership.

e.  Proposers

Young Bang, bang_young@bah.com, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dustin Best, dbest@saflink.com, SAFLINK
Charles Li, charles_li@raytheon.com, Raytheon
John Mayer-Splain, john.mayer-splain@mitretek.org, Mitretek
Dwayne Mercredi, dmercredi@saflink.com, SAFLINK
Matthew Swayze, matt.swayze@daon.com, Daon
Guy Swope, guy_swope@raytheon.com, Raytheon
Paul Thorpe, thorpe@oss.com, OSS Nokalva
Catherine J. Tilton, cathy.tilton@daon.com, Daon
Alessandro Triglia, sandro@oss.com, OSS Nokalva
Brad Wing, bradford.wing@dhs.gov, DHS
Gregory Zektser, Zektser_gregory@bah.com, Booz Allen Hamilton

f. TC Convener

Cathy Tilton, cathy.tilton@daon.com, Daon

g. Proposed Chair(s)

Cathy Tilton, cathy.tilton@daon.com, Daon


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