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Web Object Services

From: Jim Whitescarver <jim@xanthus.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 19:17:56 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <3B8AD65D.8DC935AD@xanthus.net>
To: Www-Talk <www-talk@w3.org>
Cc: Jessica Uang <jkyu0411@yahoo.com>
Given the explosion of XML on the web and the rapid adoption of web
services architectures (including UDDI and WSDL support) for enterprise
services it is safe to assume true web object infrastructures are on the
horizon.  My customers (I moved from academia / NJIT last year) are
asking for help in building their Web Object Architectures.  It seems to
me there service gaps that need to be filled.  My student Jessica,
planning a masters project, (I am still doing research with NJIT), has
also hit numerous dead ends identifying services managing objects on the

Having true, "touchable" objects on the web is a worthy ambition.  I
feel strongly that it is within the scope of the w3c to promote
standards in this area.  J2EE and .NET have come together in the web
services arena, but there is still a void in standard object services on
the web which needs to be filled.

Object services should address:

- instantiation and naming
- locations, copy control, caching and mobility
- reference management and garbage collection
- metadata management
- access control
- object and object class versioning and update control
- introspection
- transaction control
- event (and fault) monitoring
- security
- licensing

URN services could be an umbrella for these services, but I have found
almost nothing on URN services.  UDI and WSDL provide a good services
model, but only address web services, not web objects.  They do provide
a domain where standard web object services might be defined.

Am I missing something? Are these issues addressed somewhere? Are they
relevant to this group?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

(please note my new email jim@xanthus.net)
Received on Tuesday, 28 August 2001 22:45:59 UTC

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