Finally, the OASIS Search Web Services Technical Committee has been
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Subject: [search-ws] FW: OASIS Call for Participation: Search Web Services
> To: OASIS members & interested parties
> A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Search Web
> Services Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS
> below. The proposal, below, meets the requirements of the OASIS TC
> The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience,
> language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official
> Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning
> technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.
> This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b]. The eligibility
> requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting
> details below) are that:
> (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an
> member of OASIS;
> (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c];
> (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least
> days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join
> TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and
> (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date
> Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and
> welcomes all interested parties.
> Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining
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> Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate
> OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback.
> Mary P McRae
> Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
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> [d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=search-ws
> CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
> OASIS Search Web Services TC
> 1. Charter
> a. Name of the Technical Committee
> OASIS Search Web Services Technical Committee ("Search WS TC")
> b. Purpose
> To define Search and Retrieval Web Services, combining various current and
> ongoing web service activities.
> Within recent years there has been a growth in activity in the development
> web service definitions for search and retrieval applications. These
> SRU, a web service based in part on the NISO/ISO Search and Retrieval
> the Amazon OpenSearch, which defines a means of describing and automating
> web forms; as well as many proprietary definitions (e.g. the Google and
> Search APIs). There are also a number of activities for defining abstract
> APIs that can be mapped onto multiple implementations either within native
> or onto remote procedural calls and web services, such as ZOOM (Z39.50
> Oriented Model); SQI (Simple Query Interface), an IEEE standard developed
> searching and retrieval in the IMS (Instructional Management Systems)
> OSIDs (Open Service Interface Definitions from the Open Knowledge
> While abstract APIs would be out of scope, these would inform the work to
> increase interoperability and compatibility.
> c. Scope of the Work
> The development of a web service interface specification including
> * Search/Retrieve
> * Query
> * Sorting
> * Record Retrieval
> * Index Browsing
> This will include the development or identification of an abstract query
> language incorporating an extensible framework. One or more application
> will be developed, either as part of this work, or by another group either
> within OASIS or another standards body or applicable community. Profiles
> development within another group will be coordinated with the work of this
> Profiles might be developed by/for the following communities/applications:
> * Biliographic
> * E-government
> * Geospatial
> * ebXML
> The work will also involve semantic description of search services but
> build upon existing work (e.g. NISO Z39.92) rather than define new
> The work will seek input from abstract API initiatives such as:
> * OKI, (Open Knowledge Initiative - http://www.okiproject.org/)
> * ZOOM, (Z9.50 Object Oriented Model http://zoom.z3950.org/)
> * SQI.(Simple Query Interface
> Out of Scope: Although as mentioned the work will seek input from
> initiatives, the development or standardisation of Abstract APIs is out of
> Specific Contribution of Existing Work as a Starting Point: The following
> are available to the technical committee for further development:
> * SRU http://www.loc.gov:8081/standards/sru/ or
> * CQL http://www.loc.gov:8081/standards/sru/specs/cql.html or
> Additional contributions from other TC members also are welcome.
> How it is to be Determined when the Work of the TC has been Completed:
> The work will be considered completed when:
> (a) An OASIS standard is approved that embodies the functionality
> the two specifications listed above plus any additional contributions,
> additional functions agreed upon by the TC, minus any functions that the
> decides to exclude.
> (b) Any errata, extension or further versioning of the specification that
> TC then wishes to create has been completed.
> (c) At least one community profile has been developed (whether within
> by an outside group).
> d. Deliverables
> * Service definition(s)
> * XML Schemas
> * Web Service interface specifications including HTTP POST, HTTP GET,
> SOAP binding.
> * Query language definition
> * User best practice documentation
> * Implementer best practice documentation (including ZOOM, OSID, SQI
> Completion Dates: The target completion date is July 2008. An itemized
> dates for each of the above items will be developed by the TC.
> e. IPR Mode
> Royalty Free on Limited Terms
> f. Anticipated Audience/Users
> Those involved in the design, development, implementation, or use of
> listed above in "Scope of the Work". This includes search service
> prospective users of search services exposed as XML, information
> bibliographic, metadata, and content providers.
> g. The language in which the TC shall conduct business
> 2. Additional non-normative material relating to the TC's start-up
> a. Similar or applicable work (OASIS and elsewhere)
> The following standards and projects may be relevant to the TC's planned
> although none currently provide the functionality anticipated by this
> committee's deliverables:
> NISO Z39.50/ISO23950
> NISO Z39.92
> Google API
> MSN Search API
> XQuery Full Text (W3C)
> The TC intends to seek and if possible maintain liaison with each of the
> organizations maintaining the above works.
> b. Details of the first meeting
> The first meeting of the of the committee will be held by telephone
> call at 3pm EDT on 18 July 2007. Call-in information will be provided to
> TC's e-mail list in advance of the meeting.
> c. Projected on-going meeting schedule
> The work of the committee will be carried out primarily by email and
> calls, possibly every two weeks, with face-to-face meetings perhaps once
> twice a year.
> Following the first several calls, an initial face-to-face meeting,
> days, or one and a half, is planned. The TC will determine its own
> d. Supporters of the Proposal
> The following people support this proposal and are committed to the
> projected meeting schedule.
> Kerry Blinco,(DEST Australia) <[log in to unmask]>
> Ray Denenberg (Library of Congress) <[log in to unmask]>
> Larry Dixson (Library of Congress) <[log in to unmask]>
> Matthew J. Dovey (JISC) <[log in to unmask]>
> Rebecca S. Guenther (Library of Congress) <[log in to unmask]>
> Sally H. McCallum (Library of Congress) <[log in to unmask]>
> Ashley Sanders (Univ. of Manchester) <[log in to unmask]>
> Mackenzie Smith (MIT) <[log in to unmask]>
> e. Convener
> Ray Denenberg
> f. The Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate.
> Not Applicable.
> g. Contributions of existing technical work
> SRU http://www.loc.gov:8081/standards/sru/ or
> CQL http://www.loc.gov:8081/standards/sru/specs/cql.html or
> h. Draft Frequently Asked Questions
> To be developed.
> i. Proposed working title for the specifications to be developed.
> SRU - Search/Retrieve via URL
> CQL - Contextual Query Language