Alliances forged on web services standards

The Web Services Interoperability Organisation (WS-I) will add standards bodies such as the OMG (Object Management Group) and...

The Web Services Interoperability Organisation (WS-I) will add standards bodies such as the OMG (Object Management...

Group) and Oasis (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) to its ranks.

These organisations, along with the Open Applications Group and the Petrotechnical OpenStandards Consortium, will join WS-I as associate members, a new membership category for standards organisations, to improve their ability to communicate with WS-I on standards development.

WS-I features companies such as BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, and is developing profiles for using web services integration technology. The company recently released its Basic Profile 1.0 document.

By becoming associate members, the standards groups receive benefits such as early access to WS-I documents.

"We're co-operating in terms of sharing information and giving them access to information that previously was not available to them until we made it available to the public," said Ed Cobb, chairman of the WS-I liaison committee and a member of the organisation's board of directors.

WS-I also extended a membership invitation to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), but W3C chose not to join at this time, WS-I said.

WS-I is working on updates to its Basic Profile related to security and Soap with attachments technology, for handling multimedia items in web services.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld




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