(ANN) Rechartering of the OASIS Business Document Exchange TC

OASIS members and interested parties,

The OASIS Business Document Exchange TC has approved [1] a revised charter, included below. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, IPR mode and language specified in the revision will constitute the TC's official charter. The TC will hold its first meeting under its revised charter on 02 May 2012 [2]. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions may begin no sooner than this first meeting.

The revised charter for the OASIS Business Document Exchange TC is available here: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr/charter.php. The TC's web site under the revised charter is here: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr. The TC's email archive will be available at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bdxr/. Its publicly available comment list will be available at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bdxr-comment/.

The archive of the TC's activities under its earlier charter, including its original charter, email archives and document collection, will remain publicly available at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdx.

OASIS and the TC welcomes particiaption by all interested parties. The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting are:

(a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS, and

(b) you must join the Technical Committee, which OASIS members may do by following the steps described at the "Join this TC" button on the TC's home page [3].

Note that everyone who wishes to participate must explicitly join the TC as described in (b). Membership under the original charter does not automatically carry over.

Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [4].

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your participation in our work.

[1] Special Majority Ballot

[2] First meeting under revised charter

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr

[4] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/

--- Revised Charter ---

(1) Charter of the TC

(1)(a) Name of the TC:
OASIS Business Document Exchange TC

(1)(b) Statement of Purpose:
The BDX standard will describe an architecture (or sets of reference
architectures) where two entities exchange business documents in a secure
and reliable way through the use of gateways (sometimes also referred to
as access points), which is also known as the "four-corner model".

The purpose of the TC is therefore to define the specifications of a
lightweight and federated messaging and trust infrastructure for reliable
data exchange, messaging and web services interoperability between
domains. Here, a "domain" can be any community whose members (a) are
connected through a shared system, and (b) may interact with others across

Regardless of each domain's internal workings, such interactions entail
them each consuming and exposing to others over the Internet certain
interfaces. These specifications should provide a framework for domains to
interoperate securely and reliably (via Web Services), which can therefore
be viewed as an Inter-cloud Web Services framework.

The TC specifications should be lightweight but, wherever and to the
extent possible, based on profiles of existing standards from OASIS and
elsewhere that are widely-used and proven, or otherwise seen to be
generally applicable. Approaches that are modular and agnostic about data
content and implementation architectures will be preferred.

The TC will focus first on requirements for exchanges between groups of
related domains around standardized processes/data. Requirements of
cross-domain business documents exchange, with its corresponding use
cases, and implied interoperability requirements will inform
prioritization of the TC's initial deliverables. The TC will specifically
address requirements submitted by the Large Scale Pilots ("LSPs") in the
area of e-government PEPPOL and e-CODEX. The work of the TC will
contribute to the ongoing convergence of Pan-European messaging and trust
infrastructures for reliable data exchange.

In certain areas the work will therefore initially be centered on the work
of these LSPs (notably on SMLP around identity and service discovery,
addressing and profiling), and will also consider other approaches and
related specifications (e.g. DNS, ebXML CPA, UDDI, ebXML RegRep,
WS-Discovery), The TC may define or profile more than one such

In other areas, published specifications today may be absent or have gaps.
In such cases the TC will attempt to identify relevant standards or
work-in-progress at OASIS or other SDOs to establish liaisons with and
provide requirements for such efforts, as needed.

(1)(c) Scope of work of the TC:
The specific objectives will be to define, specify and maintain the

1. Use cases and requirements, based on submissions;
2. Profiling / gap analysis of existing standards with reference to the
use cases and requirements, potentially including:
a) Addressing / Routing / Discovery (SML and related technologies)
b) Service profiles/Capabilities (SMP, CPA and others)
c) Identity/Authentication
d) Trust Frameworks
e) Transport / Reliable Messaging (e.g. AS4)
3. Unified architecture for all processes necessary and sufficient for the
superset of supported use cases;
4. Specifications for SML/SMP will be developed within the TC;
5. PEPPOL specifications for the START and LIME protocols.

(1)(d) List of deliverables:
Technical specifications for protocols supporting distributed discovery of
locations and e-business and technical capabilities of exchange partners.

Profiles of B2B messaging protocols for use in four-corner (or
multi-corner) topologies.

(1)(e) IPR Mode under which the TC will operate:
The TC will operate under the Non-Assertion Mode.

(1)(f) The anticipated audience or users of the work:
The initial target groups for the TC are:

- Enterprise procurement vendors and supplier networks
- Software companies (e.g. providers of middleware and business
- Supplier information management providers
- Public institutions
- Financial institutions and payment networks
- Large private companies

(1)(g) Language of the Technical Committee:
The business of the Technical Committee will be conducted in English.

(2) Non-normative information regarding the rechartering of the TC:

(2)(a) Similar or applicable work:
There are OASIS TC's and other standards bodies covering topics related to
the BDX TC: ebMS, ebXML CPA, UDDI, ebXML RegRep, WS-Discovery, AMQP and
ETSI REM. The BDX TC is not competing with any of these existing standards
but will build upon their existing specifications to define a complete
infrastructure architecture.

Liaisons: The initial list of liaisons that will be established includes:
OASIS ebXML Technical Committees, ETSI ESI and OASIS Identity in the Cloud
TC. Other liaisons will be established in the course of the work.

(2)(b) First meeting:
First meeting of the rechartered TC will be held May 2nd 2012 at 16.00
CEST. The meeting will be held online. Access to the meeting is provided
through https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/925073807. A conference calling
number will be available for any participants who cannot access the
meeting online.

(2)(c) Meeting schedule:
The TC will hold weekly conference calls and in addition two face-to-face
meetings a year (November and May). Face-to-face meetings will be
sponsored by the members of the TC.

(2)(d) Members supporting the rechartering of the TC:

Kenneth Bengtsson, kenneth@alfa1lab.com, individual member

Mikkel Hippe Brun, mhb@tradeshift.com, Tradeshift Network Ltd.

Andrea Caccia, andrea.caccia@studiocaccia.com, AITI-Associazione Italiana
Tesorieri de Impresa

Pim van der Eijk, pvde@sonnenglanz.net, Sonnenglanz Consulting

Tim McGrath, tim.mcgrath@documentengineeringservices.com, Document
Engineering Services Limited

Sven Rasmussen, svrr@itst.dk, Denmark Ministry of Science, Technology &
Innovation / DIGST

Susanne Wigaard, Susanne.Wigard@it.nrw.de, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen

(2)(e) Organizational members' statements of support:

Document Engineering Services Limited:
Tim McGrath, tim.mcgrath@documentengineeringservices.com, "Having been a supporter of the original Business Document Exchange TC's charter, Document Engineering Services fully supports the rechartering of the BDX TC as proposed."

Sonnenglanz Consulting:
Pim van der Eijk, pvde@sonnenglanz.net, "Sonnenglanz Consulting supports the proposed rechartering of the BDX TC, as agreed in the BDX TC meeting of March 14th and recorded in the minutes http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/bdx/document.php?document_i... ."

Land Nordrhein-Westfalen:
Carsten Schmidt, carsten.schmidt@jm.nrw.de, "The Land Nordrhein-Westfalen supports the proposed rechartering of the BDX TC."

AITI-Associazione Italiana Tesorieri de Impresa:
Gianfranco Tabasso, gianfranco.tabasso@fmsgroup.it, "AITI too supports the rechartering."

Denmark Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation / DIGST:
Jens Jakob Andersen, jjan@itst.dk, "NITA/DIGST also supports the proposed rechartering of the BDX TC, as agreed in the BDX TC meeting of March 14th and recorded in the minutes
5438 ."

Tradeshift Networks Ltd.:
Mikkel Hippe Brun, mhb@tradeshift.com, "Tradeshift supports the proposed rechartering of the BDX TC, as agreed in the BDX TC meeting of March 14th and recorded in the minutes
5438 ."

(2)(f) Name of the Convener:

The Convener is Kenneth Bengtsson, kenneth@alfa1lab.com

Associated TC: