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Subject: WS-Context v1.0 Submitted for OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) Technical Committee has submitted the following
specification set, which is an approved Committee Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

Web Services Context Specification (WS-Context) Version 1.0

The text of the TC submission is appended.

You now have until 15 March to familiarize yourself with the submission and provide input to your organization's voting

On 16 March, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting Representatives of OASIS member organizations. They will have
until the last day of March, inclusive, to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved
as an OASIS Standard or not.

Members who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee Specification has already completed the an
initial public review period as well as two follow-up public review periods as noted in the submission below.

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS Standards is found at

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:

Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly appreciated.


Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090


(a) Links to the approved Committee Specification in the TC's document repository, and any appropriate supplemental
documentation for the specification, both of which must be written using the OASIS templates. 

Web Services Context Specification (WS-Context) Version 1.0



(b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee Specification;

(c) The TC certifies that all schema and XML instances included in the specification, whether by inclusion or reference,
including fragments of such, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid.

(d) A clear English-language summary of the specification:
WS-Context defines a generic context model for Web Services, providing support for session management. WS-Context
ensures that multiple Web services deployed in a variety of execution environments behave as if they are deployed in a
single, consistent environment. For example, an organization's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) may require security
information, conversational session information, database and file handles and process IDs, among other services, to be
shared across multiple execution environments built on different platforms. In this situation, WS-Context helps to make
certain that the Java, .NET and any other Web services in the enterprise all behave similarly and as expected at

(e) A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards
developing organizations:
There is no similar work to this specification within OASIS or other Web Services standards organisations.

(f) The following members certify that they are successfully using WS-Context:

(1) Werner Enterprises (http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/ws-caf/email/archives/200611/msg00006.html)

(2) Red Hat (http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/ws-caf/email/archives/200611/msg00007.html)

(3) IONA Technologies (http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/ws-caf/email/archives/200611/msg00008.html)

(g) There have been 3 public reviews of WS-Context. The announcement for the first review can be found at
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200411/msg00003.html The announcement for the second review can be
found at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200507/msg00005.html. The last one occurred on 30th November
2005 and ended on 15th December 2005 and the announcement can be found at

Comments can be found at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ws-caf-comment/200512/threads.html and have been dealt
with by the committee. As can be seen in http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ws-caf-comment/200512/msg00001.html the
comments raised were deemed to have either already been addressed by previous votes conducted by the technical committee
or as irrelevant to the goals of this specification. 

(h) The ballot of the technical committee to progress WS-Context to Committee Specification can be found here

(i) This is the first attempt at progressing to an OASIS standard.

(j) The comments archive for the WS-CAF technical committee can be found at

(k) It was approved by unanimous vote.

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