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Subject: [wsrp-wsia] Terms and Definitions (Incl. Role and Identify)

As I indicated to the team at the meeting Thursday 12 December 2002,
here is an informational statement from the OASIS SJC.  Thank you.

-----Original Message-----
From: Phillip H. Griffin [mailto:phil.griffin@asn-1.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 9:09 AM
Subject: [security-jc] SJC Statement on Terms and Definitions

FYI. This is the statement going to WSRP and WS-Security that
was the action item for me in our last meeting. Hopefully this will
help. I'll post the draft example Security Vocabulary document



I am writing on behalf of the OASIS Security Joint Committee (SJC)
as the current chair. I have been informed that there is some concern
over the perceived role and authority of the SJC related to the
of terms and their use in OASIS standards.

First let me assure you that the SJC has no authority whatsoever over
aspect of the work of any TC. This includes those TCs that are members
of the SJC, whose complete charter can be found at

Second, you should be aware that the SJC will soon propose to the TAB
that a new TC be formed in OASIS whose purpose will be to document in
a single place the terms and definitions used in OASIS security
We will make related recommendations to the TAB, such as the
establishment of a forum for discussion of terminlogy issues.

The SJC intends to provide the TAB with an example of the form and the
content of such a document, by simply harvesting the current terms and
definitions from its member TC documents, and organizing this
in a useful way. No changes will be made to any term. Where a term is
used with different definitions in different standards, all usage cases 
will be
listed. There will be no value judgements or comments made on any term
or its use.

The SJC understands that there is more than one TC working on the
concept of roles and identity as part of the development of their
standards. The SJC understands that sometimes a single definition
of a term can not be defined that meets the need of all parties.
Within OASIS, there are many groups that are involved in defining
various aspects of role and identity, including the XML Common
Biometric Format (XCBF) TC, WS-Security, SAML, and WSIA/WSRP.
And the SJC hopes that the creation of a new vocabulary TC will provide
the necessary forum for discussion of such issues and will lead to 
greater cooperation and collaboration between OASIS TCs.

Phil Griffin

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