BALTIMORE – The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) said on Tuesday that four technical standards groups have become members of the industry consortium. A fifth group, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was invited to join, but declined, according to a WS-I spokesperson.
The new associate members are the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), Object Management Group (OMG), the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI) and the Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC). Their memberships were announced at the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit.
"While WS-I and standards organizations like the ones announced today have different purposes, we share a common vision for the future of Web services," said Ed Cobb, a member of the WS-I's board of directors and the chairman of its liaison committee.
The WS-I, which was formed in February 2002, now counts about 170 member organizations and vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Its stated mission is to create interoperability between various applications, platforms and programming languages. In August, the group released its first work: Basic Profile 1.0, a set of guidelines for Web services interoperability that was designed to help IT professionals assess vendor platforms in this market.
The four associate members announced Tuesday are the first in a new category of members that the WS-I created to improve communication and cooperation between standards bodies.
The influential Cambridge, Mass.-based OASIS group is the biggest name among the new members. The not-for-profit group, which was formed in 1993 and changed its name to OASIS in 1998, developed the ebXML specification in conjunction with the United Nations and has created or is helping to develop several Web services specifications, including ones for security, reliability, messaging and management.
Also joining was OMG, the Needham, Mass.-based organization founded in 1989 to establish component-based software specifications. Among its creations are the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) specifications.
Another new member, OAGI, is a Chicago-based group that promotes interoperability among business applications and creates business language standards in this area. OAGI said that it already has a Web services working group for its own members to develop application approaches to Web services based on a combination of Basic Profile and the OAGI's XML Canonical Business Language.
David Archer, president and chief executive officer of another new member -- POSC – said that his group was an early proponent of both XML and Web services.
Houston-based POSC is an international standards group that develops open specifications for information modeling, information management, and data and application integration for the petroleum exploration and production industry.
"The industry is busily at work in pursuit of interoperable systems covering activities from the drill site to the back office and beyond," Archer said. "Web services are already playing an important role in this work, and many oil and gas players see Web services as a central component of future digital architectures."
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