AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 V1.0 is Candidate OASIS Standard

Members of the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance "AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 Version 1.0" as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 Version 1.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
17 August 2012

Specification Overview:

The AS4 specification is a profile of the ebXML Messaging (ebMS) version 3.0 Core Specification OASIS Standard and of the ebMS Advanced Features (Part 2) OASIS Committee Specification.

AS4 is discussed in the GS1 white paper "AS4: Web Services for B2B" and presented as a protocol that is complementary to the AS2 IETF RFC 4130 that uses more modern underlying Web Services technology and is easier to use for small and medium size enterprises.

AS4 has been demonstrated at Open Application Group (OAG) annual conferences with OAGIS payload standards developed and is used by Cisco in production with OAG and RosettaNet payload standards.

The AS4 specification is referenced in the Transport Protocol Bindings for OASIS Energy Interoperation 1.0 Version 1.0 specification developed by the OASIS Energy Interoperation TC. AS4 is also an important input to international e-government standardization activities.

The TC received five Statements of Use for the specification:

- Axway:

- Cisco Systems:

- Flame Computing Enterprises:

- Fujitsu Limited:

- Sonnenglanz Consulting:

Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review starts 01 October 2012 and ends 30 November 2012.

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.


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All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 Version 1.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [3] applicable especially [4] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification.

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

[1] OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard ballot


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