Standards Stuff

Energistics SOA, PPDM name change, Adobe joins Fiatech, OASIS DITA, eBusiness interop.

Energistics’s Web Services Interoperability Standards (WSIS) V 1.0 release candidate is available for member and public review and comment through December 15. This, the first deliverable from Energistics’ Technical Architecture Work Group sets out to guide application developers and buyers of future interoperable solutions. The work derives from SAIC’s SOA for Energy initiative (OITJ September 2008). More on WSIS from


The Public Petroleum Data Model Association (PPDM) is changing its name to the ‘Professional Petroleum Data Management Association.’ PPDM CEO Trudy Curtis explained, ‘Industry now looks to the PPDM for leadership in data management and governance, business knowledge and master data management. PPDM’s activity now includes best practices, certification and training. Our standards, including the PPDM 3.8 data model, have now been accepted by companies of all sizes.’ PPDM is also changing its rules to allow individuals to become members. The Association has also announced the creation of new workgroups for well description, ‘data focused business rules’ and data quality metrics. A comprehensive educational program to support professional development and certification is also being developed. More from


Adobe has joined the FIATECH standards body and is working to promote its ‘de facto’ PDF format—now an ISO standard to address engineering and construction business challenges. More from

The OASIS organization has kicked-off a program to leverage its Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) as a ‘standard for standards.’ The new ‘DITA for Technical Standards Subcommittee’ sets out to leverage DITA for the reuse of common elements, to develop common technical glossaries and a DITA toolset for maintaining and publishing technical standards. More from


The European CEN/ISSS eBusiness Interoperability Forum (eBIF) has kicked off a ‘Global eBusiness Interoperability Test Bed.’ Partners include the Enterprise Interoperability Centre, ETSI, the US National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) and industry bodies. More from

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2008 Issue # 11.

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