International standards consortium Oasis has announced the formation of a new committee to develop a reference model for service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
The Oasis SOA Reference Model Technical Committee will promote the continued development of multiple SOAs and related standards, by acting as a guide for those writing SOAs and an analysis of their functional components.
"The term SOA is used in an increasing number of contexts with differing and even conflicting meanings," said Duane Nickull of Adobe Systems, chair of the new committee.
"If SOA is architecture, as the name implies, then we should define it as architecture. The reference model we create will be useful for the entire industry, offering a way to preserve a common layer of understanding across multiple service-oriented environments and architectures."
The SOA reference model will offer an understanding of the core elements within a service-oriented environment and the associations and relationships among those elements.
The reference model itself will not be tied directly to any standards, technologies or other concrete implementation details. Instead, it will be designed to be used as a tool by software and enterprise architects developing specific SOAs.