The mission of the Web Services Resource Access Working Group, part of the Web Services Activity, is to produce W3C Recommendations for a set of Web Services specifications by refining the WS-Transfer, WS-ResourceTransfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-MetadataExchange and WS-Eventing Member Submissions (referred to in this charter as "the submitted specifications"), addressing existing issues in those specifications, implementation experience and interoperability feedback from implementers and considering composition with other Web services standards.
The submitted specifications define SOAP-based mechanisms for interacting with the XML representation behind a resource-oriented Web Service, accessing metadata related to that service, as well as a mechanism to subscribe to events related to that resource. WS-Transfer defines the basic Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) operations against resource-oriented Web Service data. WS-ResourceTransfer enhances these operations, through the extensibility points of WS-Transfer, with the addition of fragment and batched access. WS-Enumeration provides a protocol that allows a resource to provide a context, called an enumeration context, to a consumer that represents a logical cursor through a sequence of data items. WS-Eventing allows interested parties to subscribe to a series of notifications from a resource oriented Web Service. WS-MetadataExchange defines a mechanism by which metadata about a Web Service can be retrieved. When used in conjunction with WS-Transfer, WS-ResourceTransfer and WS-Enumeration, this metadata can be accessed and managed just like any other Web Service resource.
These specifications are relevant to other standardization efforts that rely on resource access and event subscription mechanisms. To meet these needs, Web Services Resource Access Working Group should complete its work in a timely fashion.
|End date||30 June 2012|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are public|
|Initial Chairs||Bob Freund|
|Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 30 )
|Usual Meeting Schedule||See Meetings|
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group is chartered to standardize a general mechanism for accessing and updating the XML representation of a resource-oriented Web Service and metadata of a Web Service, as well as a mechanism to subscribe to events from a Web Service. The following list of features is intended to focus the work of the Working Group and ensure its timely completion:
In addition to the points listed above, the Working Group may address the following optimization-related topics:
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group will take as its starting point the Member Submission versions of WS-Transfer, WS-ResourceTransfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-Eventing and WS-MetadataExchange. In order to avoid disrupting the interoperability of existing implementations, WS-MetadataExchange, WS-Transfer, WS-Eventing and WS-Enumeration should remain compatible with protocols and formats that depend on them, and offer a smooth migration path from the submission to the standard.
The Working Group will work to minimize overlap and maximize composability with other Web Services specifications.
The specification should be based on W3C Recommendations (SOAP Version 1.2, WS-Addressing 1.0, WSDL2.0, WS-Policy 1.5) and aligned with ISO 29361:2008 (WS-I BP 1.1). However, the Working Group should also consider conformance to the forthcoming profiles WS-I is finalizing assuming they achieve WS-I "Final Material" status before the Working Group completes its deliverables.
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group will define the specifics of their exit criteria before Last Call. The Working Group is expected to demonstrate at least two interoperable implementations of each deliverable during the Call for Implementations step of the set of features not marked as "at risk" for each Recommendation specification.
|Note: The group will document significant changes from this initial schedule on the group home page.|
|WS-Transfer||January 2008||April 2009||July 2009||December 2009||February 2010|
|WS-ResourceTransfer||January 2008||April 2009||July 2009||December 2009||February 2010|
|WS-Enumeration||January 2008||April 2009||July 2009||December 2009||February 2010|
|WS-MetadataExchange||January 2008||April 2009||July 2009||December 2009||February 2010|
|WS-Eventing||January 2008||April 2009||July 2009||December 2009||February 2010|
This timeline should be revised, if needed, when the WG is chartered.
Note that all specifications might not be published at the same time, introducing shifts in this timeline.
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group should coordinate its efforts with other Working Groups involved in the Web Services Activity, like the XML Protocol Working Group and the Web Services Policy Working Group.
As part of the Web Services Activity, the Web Services Resource Access Working Group Chair and Team Contact will be represented in the Web Services Coordination Group.
The W3C TAG has expressed interest in this area by means of a TAG White Paper authored by Noah Mendelsohn.
The following organizations have groups that may utilize, or compose with, the Web Services Resource Access specifications:
Effective participation is expected to consume one or two workdays per week for each Working Group participant; two or more days per week for editors. The Chair shall ensure that the criteria for Good Standing are understood and followed.
To be successful, we expect the Web Services Resource Access Working Group to have 10 or more active participants for its duration.
Participants are expected to carry out their assignments in a timely fashion, attend most meetings, and to remain familiar with group documents and mailing list discussion (W3C Process Document, section 126.96.36.199). Active participation will help ensure rapid progress.
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group will have distributed and face-to-face meetings.
At least up until the Last Call period ends a Working Group distributed meeting will be held as needed. Thereafter, a Working Group distributed meeting will be held every week. When necessary to meet agreed-upon deadlines, distributed meetings may be held twice a week. Face-to-face meetings are expected to occur as needed.
The Web Services Resource Access Working Group may adjust the timing and duration of meetings to address the workload and assure that the goals and schedule of this charter are achieved.
This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org. A Member-only mailing list email@example.com is also available for administrative purposes.
Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Web Services Resource Access Working Group home page.
As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.
This charter is written in accordance with Section 3.4, Votes of the W3C Process Document and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.
This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Web Services Resource Access Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.
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