15-day Public Review for OASIS WS-Calendar Version 1.0

The OASIS Web Services Calendar (WS-Calendar) TC members have produced an updated Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 15-day public review:

WS-Calendar Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 02
25 March 2011

Specification Overview: The WS-Calendar specification adapts the existing specifications for calendaring and apply them to a new specification for how schedule and event information is passed between and within services. The standard adopts the semantics and vocabulary of iCalendar for application to the completion of web service contracts. WS Calendar builds on work done and ongoing in The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (CalConnect), which works to increase interoperation between calendaring systems, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The specification describes how to specify a sequence of services, how to schedule them, and how to invoke them. The specification was developed to support use cases in smart grids and smart energy, but it supports any sort of coordinated activities between domains. The committee explicitly considered coordination between energy coordination, enterprise systems, building systems, and financial markets.

The WS-Calendar specification also defines a conforming model for inheritance to reduce duplication of expression when similar services are requested in a recurring schedule.

Since the last review, the specification has added the vavailability object, a means of expressing recurring patterns of times and dates that is already used repeatedly other specifications. Reviewers may wish to review that specification which provides the normative description of the information model.

The OASIS Web Services Calendar (WS-Calendar) Technical Committee was chartered to adapt the existing specifications for calendaring and apply them to develop a standard for how schedule and event information is passed between and within services. The standard should adopt the semantics and vocabulary of iCalendar for application to the completion of web service contracts.

Public Review Period: The 15-day public review starts today, 09 April 2011 and ends 24 April 2011. The specification was previously submitted for a 60-day public review on 24 Sep 2010 [2]. This 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review of 24 Sep 2010; however, for the purpose of identifying other changes in CSPRD02 vis-a-vis the level CD01 sent out for public review, the reviewer may assume that the entire CSPRD02 document has been re-written. Therefore, no machine-generated diff is considered appropriate.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

URIs: The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative): http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-calendar/ws-calendar-spec/v1.0/csprd02/ws-...
Editable source: http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-calendar/ws-calendar-spec/v1.0/csprd02/ws-...
HTML: http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-calendar/ws-calendar-spec/v1.0/csprd02/ws-...

XML Schemas:

ZIP distribution package: http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-calendar/ws-calendar-spec/v1.0/csprd02/ws-...

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