OASIS begins work on asynchronous WS spec

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A technical committee of the OASIS standards body has begun working on an extension to the SOAP specification to enable the control and monitoring of asynchronous, or long-running, Web services.

The OASIS Asynchronous Service Access Protocol (ASAP) Technical Committee is developing an extension of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that will accommodate latency between the request for a resource or service and its actual return.

ASAP is applicable for areas such as workflow, business process management, e-commerce, data mining and mobile wireless devices, according to the committee at OASIS, which stands for the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.

"Not all services are instantaneous -- especially when transactions involve human intervention or approval," Jeffrey Ricker, chairman of the ASAP committee, said in a statement. "Probably the biggest breakthrough ASAP can offer is the ability to treat manual processes as Web services. Mass integration need no longer be held hostage by the weakest link. Mass integration can proceed without waiting for full automation of every process in every organization."

OASIS ASAP Technical Committee members include Computer Associates International, DataPower and Fujitsu.

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