Ethereum OASIS Receives $100K Incentive Funding for Baseline Protocol Projects

March 10, 2020 – Today, the Baseline Protocol, part of the Ethereum OASIS Open Project and in partnership with Open Source Collective, announced that it has received a grant of $100,000 from the Ethereum Foundation to be used for the purpose of encouraging and accelerating baseline protocol R&D and enablement efforts. This comes on the first anniversary of the community’s formation.

Launched in March of 2020, the Baseline Protocol uses advances in peer-to-peer messaging, zero-knowledge cryptography, and blockchain technology to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises without moving company data out of traditional systems of record.  Today, hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals are actively participating in the initiative, which coordinates with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.  For more information go to baseline-protocol.org.

“2021 is stacking up to be a breakout year for Enterprise blockchain usage with more and more projects landing on the public Mainnet,” said Dan Shaw of the Ethereum Foundation. “Baseline has been a key driver of this, since the protocol enables private collaboration between enterprises without putting any sensitive data on-chain.”

The Baseline Protocol community conducts steering committee meetings every two weeks. Starting in April 2021, these meetings will include a segment to hear proposals for projects seeking funding from the grant pool. Each month, the Technical Steering Committee will allocate a portion of the total grant to selected projects. Allocations are managed by the Open Source Collective. These projects can include technical work such as contributions to open source code and also can include work to contribute enablement content, documentation and outreach programs. For more information on proposing projects for grants and bounties, go here.

It is hoped that this grant will attract other organizations to contribute additional funding to the effort. Organizations interested in contributing can do so here.

Support for Baseline Protocol

Ethereum OASIS is sponsored by Accenture, Chainlink, ConsenSys, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Ethereum Foundation, EY, Morpheus.Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk, and Unibright, with many others contributing significant development and intellectual capital.

About Ethereum OASIS

Founded by the Ethereum Foundation, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and ConsenSys. It is sponsored by a growing list of leading organizations, including Accenture, Chainlink, EY, Morpheus Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk and Unibright.  Ethereum OASIS is an OASIS Open Project that provides a neutral forum for supporting open source projects and specifications that advance interoperability for systems worldwide. The Ethereum OASIS community works to develop clear, open standards, first-rate documentation, and shared test suites that facilitate new features and enhancements for Ethereum. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the Baseline Protocol, and suggestions for new Ethereum OASIS projects are encouraged. For more information go to: https://github.com/ethereum-oasis.

About Open Source Collective

Open Source Collective is a registered 501(c)(6) nonprofit that serves as fiscal sponsor to over 2000 open source projects. The Open Source Collective team are experts in supporting the open source ecosystem and being a bridge between developers, funders, and users of open source. They work with individual and large corporate partners to provide open source communities authentic and equitable access to capital. For more information about project sponsorship and sponsorship of open source development, go to https://www.oscollective.org.

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OASIS Open Approves SMP v2.0 Standard for Connecting Trading Partners in a 4-Corner Network

2 March 2021 — OASIS Open, the global open standards and open source consortium, announced that its members have approved Service Metadata Publishing (SMP) v2.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. The SMP framework facilitates dynamic discovery and capability matching between participants in a business community and enables addressing and routing in an interoperable and secure network to connect trading partners.

SMP v2.0 describes a specification for publishing service metadata within a 4-corner network, where entities exchange business documents through intermediary gateway services, sometimes called “Access Points.” To successfully send a business document in a 4-corner network, the sending entity must be able to discover critical metadata about the receiving entity, such as which types of documents the trading partner can receive and process automatically and which transport protocols they support. Trading partners make this metadata available to each other in the network, depending on the business processes they implement, always through an SMP service.

“The SMP is a relatively simple, yet powerful specification for registering endpoint capabilities in an eDelivery network that supports many-to-many transactions,” said Professor Dr. Andriana Prentza of the University of Piraeus and member of the OASIS Open Europe Foundation Board of Directors. “It has been proven a very valuable building block in application domains such as eInvoicing and the wider supply chain integration, which require distributed, dynamic discovery and portable registration of end user capabilities.”

“SMP was developed by the OASIS Business Document Exchange TC as part of its mandate to define an open standards framework to support public eProcurement and eInvoicing,” said Kenneth Bengtsson, Chair of the BDXR Technical Committee. “This specification describes the request/response exchanges between a Service Metadata Publisher and a client wishing to discover endpoint information. Once connected, businesses and government agencies can easily and safely reach any other partner on the network. This makes trading partner onboarding a significantly smoother process, and removes a lot of friction from day to day electronic trade.” 

The international nonprofit association OpenPEPPOL includes the SMP service as a mandatory building block in the architecture of the Peppol Network. Buyers and sellers can publish their receiving capabilities, which facilitate communication in various stages of electronic procurement and other business processes between public and private entities, in a total of 32 countries across the globe.

IBM
“As a longtime supporter of both open source and open standards, IBM is proud to support the OASIS BDXR TC to help achieve true frictionless global electronic trade. IBM Sterling’s ongoing contributions to supply chain and e-invoicing technologies like the SMP are instrumental to ensure the needs of our clients and their trading business partners are considered as industry and regulatory standards are developed.”

— Joe Berti, VP, AI Applications, IBM

Additional Information
OASIS Business Document Exchange Technical Committee

About OASIS

OASIS Open, one of the most respected member-driven standards bodies in the world, is where individuals, organizations, and governments come together to solve technical challenges through open collaboration. OASIS offers projects – including open source projects – a path to standardization and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement. OASIS has a broad technical agenda encompassing eProcurement, cybersecurity, blockchain, privacy, cryptography, cloud computing, IoT – any initiative for developing code, APIs, specifications or reference implementations can find a home at OASIS.

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OASIS Open Establishes European Foundation to Advance Open Collaboration Opportunities

Utrecht, The Netherlands; 20 January 2021 – OASIS Open, the international open source and open standards consortium, is pleased to announce the launch of the OASIS Open Europe Foundation (https://www.oasis-open.eu). The foundation provides a strong and dedicated European focus in setting standards for open collaboration, and allows OASIS to provide long-term sustainability for European Union research projects.

“The OASIS Open Europe Foundation gives us a unique opportunity to work with the European Union and EU Member States to advance open source and standards projects,” said Dr. Martin Chapman of Oracle, who chairs the OASIS Open Europe Foundation. “We will leverage the global experience of OASIS Open to provide a regional focus for the OASIS community and engage in European-specific activities that promote the use of open technologies.”

“We are particularly excited by the diverse group of experts who will be providing leadership on the foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Dr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Senior Advisor, International Standards Policy at OASIS. “They represent a remarkable range of talent from industry and academia with strong expertise in ICT standards, open source projects, innovation, research, and development, along with perspectives in new areas for open technologies such as AI and data.”

The OASIS Open Europe Foundation’s Board of Directors will include:

  • Laetitia Cailleteau of Accenture (France)
  • Martin Chapman of Oracle (Ireland)
  • Eva Coscia of R2M Solution (Italy)
  • Gershon Janssen, Independent Consultant (Netherlands)
  • Janna Lingenfelder of IBM (Germany)
  • Guy Martin of OASIS Open (United States)
  • Andriana Prentza of the University of Piraeus (Greece)

Building on OASIS Open’s European Presence

OASIS Open has a long history of advancing open source and open standards in Europe. OASIS standards and specifications have been used in very large, highly visible initiatives, including Europe’s most widely used standard for electronic invoices, and serve as the basis of the European Commission’s eDelivery building block that is used in some of the world’s largest international data exchanges.

OASIS has a well-established place on the EU’s high-level advisory committee, the Multi-Stakeholder Platform for EU ICT Standardisation (MSP). OASIS standards feature in the Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation and are routinely used in both the private and public sector throughout Europe.

Open source has become increasingly important as a complement or alternative to traditional standardisation. The Open Document Format for Office Applications was originally developed in Europe as a file format of open source office software and subsequently standardized at OASIS Open and in ISO. Today, OASIS Open is hosting open source work in areas like cybersecurity and blockchain. The OASIS Open Europe Foundation aims to support open source initiatives that prefer to operate in Europe with European stakeholders under EU law.

Open data is an emerging area of interest in the OASIS Open community, especially in Europe, due to Europe’s lead in areas such as data protection and its legislation. Like open standards, open data is a key contributor to the Digital Single Market that will benefit from new products and services based on data. Data is also a critical asset for future development of AI. The OASIS Open Europe Foundation will support the OASIS Open community as a global player in the international data space area, leveraging its reputation in areas of security and privacy.

About OASIS Open

One of the most respected, member-driven standards bodies in the world, OASIS offers projects—including open source projects—a path to standardisation and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement. OASIS members include major multinational companies, SMEs, government agencies, universities, research institutions, consulting groups, and individuals.

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Baseline Protocol Commitment Manager Brings Hyperledger Besu, Infura & Public Blockchain Clients to Enterprise Workflows

9 December 2020 – Today, the Baseline Protocol, part of the Ethereum OASIS open source initiative, published a new key component called the Commitment Manager. This component makes it easy for developers to switch between accessing private and public blockchains using different kinds of clients and gateways. Today, the release includes integrations for Hyperledger Besu and Infura.

Launched in March of this year, the Baseline Protocol uses advances in peer-to-peer messaging, zero-knowledge cryptography and blockchain technology to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises without moving company data out of traditional systems of record.  Today, over 800 companies and individuals are actively participating in the initiative, which coordinates with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.  

Several proofs of concept have been released to showcase how to ‘baseline’ systems such as SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Google Sheets and Salesforce. Recently, major brands have announced projects using the protocol, and more are known to be in private development.

Today’s release of Commitment Manager makes switching between blockchain clients such as Besu, Quorum, Nethermind or Geth a straightforward process. For example, a group of companies can start baselining using a private-permissioned instance of Hyperledger Besu in order to test and stage a new baselined Workgroup and then switch to the public Ethereum Mainnet via another client or through the Infura service when ready for production deployment. A developer challenge for demonstrating creative uses of the switching function, with a $2,000 bounty, is active on the Gitcoin Baseline Protocol hackathon, running from today to January 6, 2021.  

Today at 12pm US-ET, the development team will host an open walkthrough of the system. 

For more information go to baseline-protocol.org.

Support for Baseline Protocol Commitment Manager

Ethereum OASIS is sponsored by Accenture, Chainlink, ConsenSys, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Ethereum Foundation, Morpheus.Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk, and Unibright, with many others contributing significant development and intellectual capital.

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger:

The collaboration between Hyperledger, the EEA and many blockchain protocols is well represented by this latest joint effort between the maintainers of Hyperledger Besu and the Baseline Protocol.”

Joe Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys Inc.:

“The Baseline Protocol is a huge leap forward in bringing secure and private business processes of all types to the Ethereum Mainnet. Today’s release of the Baseline Protocol’s Commitment Manager promises even more flexibility to business processes that rely on different instances or clients by adding support to both Hyperledger Besu and Infura.

About Ethereum OASIS

Founded by the Ethereum Foundation, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and ConsenSys, Ethereum OASIS is an OASIS Open Project that provides a neutral forum for supporting open source projects and specifications that advance interoperability for blockchain applications worldwide. The Ethereum OASIS community works to develop clear, open standards, first-rate documentation, and shared test suites that facilitate new features and enhancements for Ethereum. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the Baseline Protocol, and suggestions for new Ethereum OASIS projects are encouraged.

For more information go to: https://github.com/ethereum-oasis/

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Baseline Protocol and SAML Win 2020 Open Cup Awards; OASIS Open Honors Jim Cabral, Jane Ginn, and Bret Jordan

New blockchain initiative from Ethereum OASIS and widely adopted security standard are recognized by international open source and standards community

8 December 2020 — OASIS Open, the international standards and open source consortium, announced the winners of the 2020 Open Cup, which recognizes major accomplishments in our community. The Cup for Outstanding Approved Standard was awarded to the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), an XML-based framework for creating and exchanging security information between online partners. The Cup for Outstanding New Initiative was awarded to the Baseline Protocol, part of the Ethereum OASIS Open Project.

In addition, OASIS named Distinguished Contributors: Jim Cabral of MTG Management Consultants for his work in LegalXML; Jane Ginn of Cyber Threat Intelligence Network for her contributions to the Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee; and Bret Jordan of Broadcom for his contributions to several cybersecurity standards including CACAO, OpenC2, and STIX.

Open Cup Recipients

Named the Outstanding Approved Standard was SAML V2.0 Metadata Interoperability Profile V1.0 and SAML V2.0 Metadata Extensions for Login and Discovery User Interface V1.0.

“The Security Services (SAML) Technical Committee is one of the longest-running at OASIS and its flagship work – SAML V2.0 and the family of specifications around it – continues to be fundamental to authentication and authorization across the internet,” said Chet Ensign, OASIS Chief Technical Community Steward. “SAML is one of the most widely adopted standards used to provide users with secure, single sign-on (SSO) capabilities. Whether you are logging on to your bank account, buying a new book online, or consolidating data from multiple providers, SAML is there to help. We are delighted to recognize the great work of the SAML TC members.”

SAML was chosen from a group of finalists that included:

Chosen as the 2020 Outstanding New Initiative, the Baseline Protocol, part of the Ethereum OASIS Open Project, is an open source initiative that combines advances in cryptography, messaging, and blockchain to deliver secure and private business processes at low cost via the public Ethereum Mainnet.

“Launched in March, this OASIS open source project has attracted nearly a thousand developers to its discussion community and collected hundreds of stars, forks, and new contributors on GitHub,” said Jory Burson, the Program Manager for OASIS Open Projects. “These engagement metrics indicate the excitement developers have, and the possibilities the industry sees, to enable confidential and complex collaboration on the public net without leaving sensitive data on-chain. We’re very proud to support this innovative new project, and we encourage you to check out their latest releases and demos.”

Baseline was chosen from finalists that included:

Distinguished Contributors

Each year, the Distinguished Contributor designation is awarded to a select group of OASIS members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of open standards and/or open source projects.

Jim Cabral of MTG Management Consultants serves as Chair of the LegalXML Electronic Court Filing (ECF) Technical Committee. Jim is a recognized thought leader in the justice and public safety technology community and has devoted countless hours developing the ECF Standard, getting it widely adopted within the legal community. He has been an OASIS member since 2003 and has served as an OASIS Board Member.

Jane Ginn of Cyber Threat Intelligence Network, Inc. serves as Secretary of the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) and the Threat Actor Context (TAC) Technical Committees. She joined the CTI TC at its inception more than five years ago, and has contributed hundreds of documents to the CTI document repository. As an ardent supporter of the TC’s mission, Jane’s work has greatly impacted the CTI community.

Broadcom’s Bret Jordan serves as Chair of the Collaborative Automated Course of Action Operations (CACAO) for Cyber Security Technical Committee and is a member of the Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) and Open Command and Control (OpenC2) Technical Committees.  Bret’s work as co-chair of the STIX Subcommittee as well as his efforts as document editor and technical contributor helped that group advance. Bret has also served on the OASIS Board of Directors.

About OASIS

One of the most respected member-driven standards bodies in the world, OASIS offers projects – including open source projects – a path to standardization and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement. OASIS has a broad technical agenda encompassing cybersecurity, blockchain, privacy, cryptography, cloud computing and IoT – any initiative for developing code, APIs, specifications or reference implementations can find a home at OASIS.

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