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A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS ebXML Business
Process Technical Committee (ebXML BP TC) has been proposed by the
following members of OASIS: Jacques Durand, Fujitsu; Jean-Jacques Dubray,
attachmate; Neelekantan Kartha, Sterling Commerce; Dale Moberg, Cyclone
Commerce; Himagiri Mukkamala, Sybase; Monica J. Martin, Sun Microsystems;
and Martin Roberts and John Yunker, both individual members.
The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process
(see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to
this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of
deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The
TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members;
such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for
consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may
occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.
As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a
member of the TC are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member
organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of
your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and
3) attend the first meeting of the TC.
For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS collaborative
tools, go to the TC's public page at
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ebxml-bp and click on the button for
"Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster
of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member
of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC
chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above. You may join a TC at any time
after the first meeting, but in order to be a voting member at the first TC
meeting you must a) register at least 15 days before the first meeting and
b) attend the first meeting.
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Further information about this topic may be found on the Cover Pages under
the topic of "Standards for Business Process Modeling, Collaboration, and
Choreography" at http://xml.coverpages.org/bpm.html
A FAQ for the TC is available at
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The following information will become the normative TC charter:
The name of this Technical Committee is the OASIS ebXML Business Process
Technical Committee (TC).
The purpose of the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC is to continue work on a
royalty-free technology representation and model compatible with an
underlying generic metamodel for business processes, activities, and
collaboration. This business collaboration could occur within or between
enterprises. The collaboration may be enforceable, easily manageable,
and/or traceable. This representation and model will provide a set of
guidelines to define the business process-rules, semantics and syntax for
both binary and multi-party collaborations. The representation and model
will work within the ebXML architecture (for metamodel and model exchange)
and will also support standards-based development and exchange of business
In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve any
technical specification if it believes that the use, distribution, or
implementation of such specification would necessarily require the
unauthorized infringement of any third party rights known to the Technical
Committee, and such third party has not agreed to provide necessary license
rights on perpetual, royalty-free, non-discriminatory terms.
At the appropriate time the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC shall submit
its Committee Drafts for balloting by OASIS membership for OASIS Standard
The OASIS ebXML Business Process TC's effort will address and align with
vertical industry needs for business process collaboration and focus on
ease of use. The specification can be integrated into and bind with
existing or emerging technologies.
The TC's work should build upon similar, existing standards wherever
possible and align with other relevant standards for:
* Feature reuse
* Guidelines on how to jointly use the specification with other related
* Addressing requirements from other related standards
The following features are outside the TC's scope:
* Specific business process interface descriptions
* Business process execution languages
* The run-time execution instance
The specification will support the computable and executable language used
for business collaboration, rather than the processing accomplished from
the view of a single party. The TC may identify bindings to support the
business process instance and ultimately the run-time execution. A binding
(map) could enable other executable process mechanisms to drive enterprise
applications where ebBP controls (rather than create) service behavior.
The TC will base its work upon the ebXML BPSS v1.01 specification (ebXML
Business Process Specification Schema v1.01,
http://www.ebxml.org/specs/index.htm) jointly developed by OASIS and
UN/CEFACT, and derivative work expected to be donated by co-sponsors and
The work of the TC will:
* Enable business systems to be configured in a canonical way to support
the execution of business collaborations and transactions. This will
improve interoperability of business processes across and within
enterprises and should help to simplify and converge current collaboration
models and methodologies.
* Enable an organization to express characteristics of its business
processes -- such as configuration parameters specific to choreography and
business collaboration and refined by a collaboration agreement (such as an
ebXML Collaboration Profile Agreement) -- to enable electronic integration
of business processes as part of a larger collaboration. This includes the
interaction points in the organization's business process to determine
whether and how to engage in a collaboration and the kinds of information
exchanges required. ebBP will be capable of working with e-business
specifications from other industry and standards organizations such as
RosettaNet, EAN.UCC, and UN/CEFACT.
* Provide integrated operational and functional service views of business
processes, which will enable business analysts to more directly participate
in business collaboration creation and management.
* Allow business process models to be expressed visually (through diagrams)
and in XML (machine readable).
* Support the ebXML framework and Web services to provide a loosely
coupled, highly aligned specification set, while enabling support for other
emerging technologies. Promote the utility of this principle, through, for
example, actively working with other OASIS technical committees, industry
and standards organizations.
* Requirements document: Due within 2 months of first meeting.
* ebXML Business Process specification and schemas: This specification will
reflect refinements and changes made to the submitted version of ebXML BPSS
that are identified by the TC members for additional functionality,
semantic clarity and technical robustness within the scope of the TC
charter. Final draft will be due within 6 months of first meeting.
* Industry or domain specific examples or implementation guides may be
developed. The due dates will be determined after the initial set of
deliverables is complete.
The primary audience for the final output of this TC is business process
analysts and implementers.
All business will be conducted in English.
The following is informational only for the purpose of starting the TC:
As appropriate, the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC will collaborate with
other relevant OASIS TCs, such as the Web Services Business Process
Execution Language (WSBPEL), ebXML Message Service, ebXML Collaboration
Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPP/A), and the ebXML Implementation,
Interoperability and Conformance (IIC) TC. The TC will also work to align
with relevant efforts of other organizations, such as the W3C's Web Service
Architecture Working Group and Web Services Choreography Working Group,
RosettaNet, the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI), and the United Nations
Centre for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness (UN/CEFACT) organization.
To further our work and purpose, other liaisons may be established.
The first meeting of the OASIS ebXML Business Process TC will take place on
20 October 2003, at 9:00 a.m. PT over the phone, at a number to be provided
to prospective participants no later than 5 days before the meeting. That
date and time will be the time of record for establishing initial voting
membership under the OASIS TC process.
After the initial teleconference meeting the TC shall meet bi-weekly over
the phone unless another schedule is agreed upon. For example, phone
meetings will not be necessary during face-to-face meetings.
A face-to-face meeting of the TC in the San Francisco area of the U.S.
shall be arranged at the first phone meeting, to take place no later than
three months after this initial phone meeting. Subsequent face-to-face
meetings will be quarterly.
The sponsor for the first year of face-to-face meeting shall be Sun
Microsystems, with the first physical meeting to be held in the San
Francisco Bay Area. The sponsor for phone meetings during the first year
shall be Sun Microsystems and Cyclone Commerce, although support will be
requested from other TC members.
The following persons eligible to participate in OASIS technical committees
state that they are committed to the purpose and schedule stated above:
Jacques Durand, Fujitsu, Jacques.Durand@fsw.fujitsu.com
Jean-Jacques Dubray, attachmate, jeanjadu@Attachmate.com
Neelekantan Kartha, Sterling Commerce, N_Kartha@stercomm.com
Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce,firstname.lastname@example.org
Himagiri Mukkamala, Sybase, email@example.com
Martin Roberts, individual, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Yunker, individual, email@example.com
Monica J. Martin, Sun Microsystems, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Convenor shall be Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce.
The proposed chairs are Dale Moberg, Cyclone Commerce, and Monica J.
Martin, Sun Microsystems.