OASIS to tackle Web services deployment template

Staff report

Members of the OASIS standards body plan to collaborate on the development of a "deployment template" for Web services that is vendor-neutral and spans a number of computing platforms.

The new OASIS Framework for Web Services Implementation (FWSI) Technical Committee plans to design a template for Web services deployments and will specify a set of functional elements required for practical implementations of Web Services-based systems. These functional elements provide building blocks for developers to use when deploying Web services architectures, OASIS said in a statement.

The founding members of the OASIS FWSI Technical Committee are heavily represented by companies and institutions based in Singapore. The co-chairs are Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). It also includes a secretariat, the Information Technology Standards Committee (iTSC), as well as six Singapore companies, Crimson Logic, Ecquaria, EG Innovations, ESS Software, ReadiMinds and Singapore Computer Systems. They will be joined by Sun Microsystems, NEC and Yellow Dragon; two international e-business consortia, RosettaNet and CommerceNet, and a research institution, the Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CEDID) at the University of Hong Kong.

OASIS and the framework's technical committee, which predict that the framework will be completed by September 2004, are calling on OASIS member companies

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to participate in the process.

For its part, Singapore aims to increase business adoption of Web services from 8% to 20% over the next three years under the WEAVE (Web Services Add Value to Enterprises) program launched by IDA in May 2003 to spur Web services developments in Singapore.

OASIS said that rather than define standards for implementing specific Web services components, FWSI will leverage applicable work within OASIS and other standards groups. The technical committee said it expects that the work of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) will complement its work at OASIS.


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