The Last Face to Face for WS-TX?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m currently a co-chair of the OASIS WS-TX TC, chartered last year to progress the WS-Transactions family of specifications.
This week we held a successful face to face meeting in Concord, MA, hosted in inimitable style by Hitachi (we can’t say enough thanks for the truly great hospitality this time and last year as well). Special thanks to Bob Freund for hosting the “unwinder” at his home (and inviting a member of the Sudbury Militia).
In fact, it was so successful that we finished up the agenda a bit early and found some time to take in some monuments and exhibits decicated to colonial era history.
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WS-TX British Representatives at the North Bridge Monument (on the British Side)
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Among the participants in the TC were Andy and Ian (my co-chair, on the right), who had traveled from Britain to attend. They were very good sports about the whole history thing, considering they were more familiar with a somewhat different side of the story.
As we were leaving the museum to head toward the cemetary we heard the sound of fife and drum from the far side of the bridge. It turned out to be a send off ceremony for some national guardsmen on their way to a NATO base in the Balkans.
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The Fife and Drum Corps Plays the Star Spangled Banner
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This was an unexpected bonus to the day, as was the warming weather and the appearance of the sun when we got to the famous cemetary in town where all the writers are buried. Concord, famous as the site of the battle that started the war, and later as the home of thoughtful and famous writers, including Thoreau, known among other things for his pacifism.
Regarding the specifications, well, they are well on their way toward OASIS standard. Ian and I are very close to declaring victory in this little campaign and are talking about closing down the TC within a few months.
This would be unusual in the standards world – completing the chartered task in roughly the originally alloted timeframe, and closing down a TC. This would be a good accomplishment, but it’s a mixed blessing. This is also one of the best TCs I’ve ever worked on.
Some more photos of the tour of Concord are on flickr.

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