Joint W3C/OMG Workshop on Distributed Objects and Mobile Code
June 24-25, 1996
Boston, Massachusetts


This workshop is jointly sponsored by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Object Management Group (OMG). W3C's mission is to realize the full potential of the Web, by fostering interoperability standards. OMG is the key industrial organization developing open, interoperable, component-based interface standards based on distributed object technology.

Workshop Series

This is second in a series of workshops aimed at extending web and object technologies to provide a richer global infrastructure for applications like electronic commerce, enterprise integration, digital libraries, concurrent engineering, and collaboration. An earlier workshop on "Mobile Code" sponsored by W3C was held in Cambridge, MA in July, 1995 and focused on pivot points of interoperability among mobile code systems such as Java, Safe-Tcl, and Obliq. The OMG Internet SIG has been meeting for several months and exploring similar issues.

Purpose of this Workshop

This workshop will identify a range of software architectures for combining and scaling web technology and object technology.

Object and web technologies are pervasive, and lie at the heart of industry plans for better next generation application and information integration. Object technologies are affecting programming languages, operating systems, databases, and distributed computing solutions. The world wide web provides a ubiquitous base for distributed networking ,as well as tool suites that are increasingly linking global information sources, and is the preferred medium for the electronic exchange of information. Web and OMG technologies are complementary: the Web provides tools for unstructured and semistructured applications; OMG provides tools for semistructured and structured applications. A union may provide a unification of information sources, making it considerably easier to access and operate on the wide range of data, information and knowledge.

The OMG CORBA 2.0 specification (including IIOP) provides one way that OMG and the Internet combine but we can identify others as well: use of OMG services to locate, query, and share Internet information sources; use of web browsers to view structured and semistructured OMG information bases; additions to OMG and Internet architectures for supporting business rules and agent scripting; additions to subsume repositories, workflow, CASE, DBMS, KBMS, and simulations; and more. It is clear that these pervasive technologies could gracefully interoperate at several architectural levels.

Topics of interest relating to OO/Web integration are:

(An interesting way to determine the topics releated to this workshop is to look over the documents that link to this page [courtesy of Altavista]).


A one page position paper is required for participation in the workshop. A program committee will choose workshop participants from the submissions.

Submissions with impact on both OMA (the OMG architecture) and the web architecture (or showing experience with the interaction between them) are preferred to those impacting only one or the other.

Submissions from W3C and OMG members, as well as interested and motivated non-members, are invited.

Send an electronic copy (either a URL or in html, ascii, or ps format) to domc@omg.org. Include author name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es).

Position papers will be made available on the web before the workshop and attendees will be expected to have read them. The workshop program committee will select 10 presenters for the first morning. The remainder of the workshop will consist of discussions on key topics. If you have a proposal for a session topic, contact workshop co-organizers Richard Soley <soley@omg.org> and Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>.

Important Dates

March 11, 1996
Position papers due
April 10.
Papers will be reviewed and authors will be notified.
May 15
Selected position papers will be posted on the web.

Program Committee

Dan Connolly, W3C
Richard Mark Soley, OMG
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Inquiries to domc@omg.org.