DRAFT Web Services Interest Group Charter DRAFT

This charter is written in accordance with section 3.2.2 of the W3C Process.

Status of this document

This is a DRAFT of a charter for a Web Services Interest Group.
It has NO official standing.

Table of Contents

Mission statement

The Semantic Web Services BOF at the 2003 W3C Technical Plenary and the subsequent discussion on the www-ws mailing list has materialized the growing interest in exploring new capabilities of Web services.

The Web Services Interest Group is an Interest Group belonging to the Web Services Activity as defined by the W3C Process. The purpose of the Web Services Interest Group is to provide an open forum for W3C Members and non-Members to discuss Web Services topics. In particular, it is a forum for everyone interested in investigating future ways of using Web Services, including semantically rich communications. It will actively explore new fields and issues for the future.

The Web Services Interest Group will address both architectural/systems issues as well as application interests (new tools, functionalities, ...).

An important function of the Interest Group is information sharing within and between application communities. Conference announcements and post-conference reviews to the Interest Group mailing list help advise W3C staff where the W3C might most effectively allocate resources.

Scope of the work items

The goals of the Web Services Interest Group include the following:


As an Interest Group, the Web Services Interest Group does not develop specifications or code, and, as a body, it does not have a specific set of deliverables. The Interest Group may be asked to review Last Call Working Drafts and Proposed Recommendations. The Interest Group may also make proposals to other W3C Groups through the W3C Team contact when there is evidence of sufficient Member interest in a work item.

Coordination with other Activities and Groups

The Group will maintain contacts with many other Groups within W3C. Some of the most important work includes the following:

The Web Services Interest Group will explore future development of Web services (e.g. combination of Web services technologies with Semantic Web ones), and may explore areas that are out of scope for the Web Services Architecture Working Group (e.g. too specific or detailed) and other W3C Working Groups.

The Group will also liaise with relevant outside groups when appropriate.


The Chair of the Web Services Interest Group will maintain a home page containing all essential information, such as this charter, instructions on how to use the mailing list(s), event schedules, links to interesting documents, etc.

Communications and Confidentiality

The Interest Group will function primarily through an open email distribution list, <public-ws-ig@w3.org>, with a publicly accessible archive.

The Web Services Interest Group list may be used by any participant to post announcements of Web services-related workshops and meetings, and post followup summary reports of those meetings. Web Services Interest Group participants are encouraged to post periodic reviews of Web services-related issues, activities and events.

The Web Services Interest Group exists mainly as an email forum; it does not conduct regular distributed or face-to-face meetings, although occasional workshops and meetings (teleconferences, IRC meetings or face-to-face meetings) may be arranged as needed. The Interest Group may hold meetings (e.g. "Birds-Of-a-Feather" sessions) at conferences, at the discretion of the Chair and W3C team contact.


Membership of the Web Services Interest Group is open to the public. Any person interested in the issues and applications of Web Services is eligible to participate in this Interest Group; W3C Membership is not a prerequisite.

Membership is signified by subscribing to the mailing list, public-ws-ig@w3.org. One can subscribe to the mailing lists by sending an email to public-ws-ig-request@w3.org with 'subscribe' in the Subject header.


The Group will exist for two years, from May 2003 to the end of April 2005. We expect to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the Web Services Interest Group at that time and submit a plan for any followup activity to the W3C Members.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The WSIG provides a forum to share perspectives on Web Services. W3C invites participants to share information on Web Services but advises that information shared in WSIG mailing list and meetings is publicly visible. W3C reminds participants to disclose, where known, the IPR status of information that they share in WSIG meetings and materials, in accordance with Section 2.2, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy, of the W3C Process Document.

Please note that the W3C Current Patent Practice (CPP) document, 24 January 2002 version, focuses on W3C working groups which develop specifications, and therefore does not address the IPR situation in W3C interest groups. If in the future the W3C CPP document or a more formal patent policy does address this, this charter will be revised following the recommendations of the Patent Policy Working Group in a manner consistent with the IPR goals of the current charter. Should technology discussed in the Interest Group lead to development of a W3C Technical Report under this or another W3C group, then the CPP and relevant section(s) of the W3C Process Document would apply to that work.

Carine Bournez <carine@w3.org>
Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
CVS: $Date: 2003/06/11 09:23:23 $ by $Author: cbournez $

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