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Subject: WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 Submitted for OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Web Services Transaction (WS-TX) Technical Committee has submitted
the following specification, which is an approved Committee Specification,
to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

WS-BusinessActivity v1.2

The text of the TC submission is appended.

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

On 16 January, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting Representatives
of OASIS member organizations. They will have until the last day of January,
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

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee
Specification has already completed the necessary 60-day public review
period 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


Mary P McRae
Director, Technical Committee Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 1.603.232.9090

(a) Links to the approved Committee Specifications. 
WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 specification: 
Editable Source (Word):

XML schema: 

(b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee
Same as (a) 

c) Certification by the TC 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; 
All schema and XML instances included in the specification are well formed
and all expressions are valid. 

(d) A clear English-language summary of the specification; 
The WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 specification provides the definition of two
Business Activity coordination types: AtomicOutcome or MixedOutcome, that
are to be used with the extensible coordination framework described in the
WS-Coordination specification. This specification also defines two specific
Business Activity agreement coordination protocols for the Business Activity
coordination types: BusinessAgreementWithParticipantCompletion, and
BusinessAgreementWithCoordinatorCompletion. Developers can use these
protocols when building applications that require a compensation-based,
consistent agreement on the outcome of long-running distributed activities. 

(e) A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to similar
work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing organizations; 
-- OASIS Web Services Business Process Execution Language (WSBPEL) TC.   
The WSBPEL TC focuses on an overall business process orchestration language.
WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 does not discuss how an application operates
internally, nor make any overall statement about the overall business
process orchestration, but instead focuses on individual, pair-wise message
exchanges between a participant in an activity and the coordinator of that
-- OASIS Business Transactions (BTP) TC. The WS-TX TC has a different focus
with regard to specification scope, required functions, policy, and other
Web Services composeability. WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 focuses solely on
simple, pair-wise message exchange patters that can be used to reach
consensus. WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 provides simpler interoperability by
focusing exclusively on externally visible service behavior at the protocol
level. It does not impose constraints on internal service implementations.
It emphasizes clean composition with other WS-* standards, such as
WS-Addressing and WS-Security. WS-BusinessActivity v1.2 concentrates on
interoperability, specifying relatively few variations and providing simple
state tables rather than extensive options with considerable application

(f) The Statements of Use 
Statements of use have been provided by IBM, Microsoft and Red Hat: 


(g) The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s), a pointer to the
announcement of the public review(s), and a pointer to an account of each of
the comments/issues raised during the public review period(s), along with
its resolution; 
Announcement of the public reviews for the specification: 

The public review ran from 13 June 2008 until 12 August 2008. 
The v1.2 specification has only minor changes from the v1.1 OASIS standard.
There were no public review comments received during the v1.2 public review.

(h) An account of and results of the voting to approve the specification as
a Committee Specification, including the date of the ballot and a pointer to
the ballot; 
The Committee Specification approval ballot was conducted electronically by
the TC Admin and closed on 28 November 2008.
All eligible voters voted in favour of approving the Committee
Specifications. There were no NO votes or abstentions.
The results can be viewed at:

(i) An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any earlier
attempts to standardize substantially the same specification, together with
the originating TC's response to each comment; 
There was no earlier attempt to standardize the v1.2 specification. 

(j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the originating

(k) A pointer to any minority reports delivered by one or more Members who
did not vote in favor of approving the Committee Specification, 
There are no minority reports.

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