WSO2 joins W3C and OASIS

WSO2 becomes first Sri Lankan company in W3C and OASIS

COLOMBO, 22 December, 2005 - WSO2, a start up technology company creating uncompromising middleware platforms for Web services, announced that the company has joined two leading standard organizations, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and OASIS. W3C is an international standards body where member organizations and the public work together to develop web standards that ensure long term growth of the web. OASIS is a similar standards body that drives development, convergence and adoption of e-business. Leading the way in open source middleware based on the Apache Web services projects, WSO2 will be playing an active roll defining Web services middleware standards through working groups of both W3C and OASIS.

Web services are a standard way of communicating between different software applications, running on different platforms over different networks. They are characterized by greater interoperability that help solve point to point integration problems. Building on loosely coupled, standards based Services Oriented Architectures (SOA), Web services can be combined to realize complex processes where applications providing simple services can interact with each other. Adding value to enterprises, Web services are all about enabling complete business level interoperability.

“At WSO2, we believe open standards are becoming the cornerstone of the evolving Web-based computing infrastructure. Participating in W3C and OASIS gives us the opportunity to shape the future. By following up with high quality open source implementations of these standards we will be able to more closely address the needs of our customers' enterprise integration requirements,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Chairman & CEO of WSO2.

The FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) approach to software development, where the software is developed publicly by communities of developers with the resulting software made available free of charge, is rapidly revolutionizing the enterprise software industry. Today almost all major middleware vendors are adopting FOSS as a key part of their software strategy.

“Software vendors are adopting FOSS because communities of highly skilled developers collaborate deeply to create quality software which often outperform commercial proprietary products. Companies like WSO2 which deliver only FOSS products, make revenue by selling support and other services around the software” said Dr. Weerawarana, who is also a Board Member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). and Co-Founder/Director of the Lanka Software Foundation.

Participating on behalf of WSO2, Dr. Weerawarana contributes to the W3C working on WS-Description, which is producing the WSDL specification. WSDL, which he originally helped create, is the language used to describe Web services. Senior Software Engineer Eran Chinthaka and VP of Engineering Davanum Srinivas will contribute to the WS-Addressing working group of the W3C. WS-Addressing defines how messages are routed to a service or agent,. WSO2's Senior Software Engineer Ajith Ranabahu and VP of Technology Paul Fremantle, will contribute to the XML Schema Patterns for Databinding working group of the W3C. The working group will specify how XML Schema authors can get better results and user experiences when using databinding tools.

Paul Fremantle is also the chairperson of the technical committee of OASIS for advancing a protocol for reliable message exchange using Web services. Reliable messaging standards are key to the future growth of business-to-business Web services. Software Engineer Chamikara Jayalath will also be contributing this technical committee. OASIS Web Services Secure Exchange (WS-SX) Technical Committee brings users and vendors together to refine and finalize specifications based on three initial contributions; WS-SecureConversation, WS-SecurityPolicy and WS-Trust towards completing the Web services security framework. Software Engineer Ruchith Fernando and Davanum Srinivas will be participating as members of this technical committee.


About W3C Since 1994, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published more than ninety standards, called W3C Recommendations. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, and the European Research consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. W3C engages in developing common protocols which promotes evolution and interoperability, developing software, education and outreach, and serves as an open forum for discussions to lead the Web to its full potential. To date, over 360 organizations are members of the consortium. See http://www.w3.org for more information.

About OASIS OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. See http://www.oasis-open.org for more information.

About WSO2 WSO2 is a startup technology company building open source Web services middleware platforms. Founded by pioneers in Web services and open source, WSO2 engineers contribute heavily to many key Apache Web services projects. In addition to building key components in Apache, WSO2 is building integrated Web services platforms which will offer industry leading performance and convenience for customers. WSO2's business model is to sell support for the software it helps build in open source. For more information see http://www.wso2.com/.