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ECM: The March to CMIS

By Dick Weisinger

Late last year the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee was formed, and the first meeting of the Committee was held in late January. Both Nuxeo and Alfresco have made reports about that first meeting. Estimates are that CMIS would be available as an OASIS standard in late 2009 to early 2010.

It seems very encouraging that many vendors appear to be excited about the opportunities that could open once CMIS is realized and achieves acceptance. As one might expect, the target scope for CMIS 1.0 is very basic content management repository functionality — functionality that will be available almost universally by all repositories.

A decision was made around what items that are too complex at this point to tackle and include in the 1.0 release of the specification. These include:
– Records Management Features (including Retention and Hold policies)
– Tagging. Querying tag inter-relationships. Tag change history. Building a Tag Cloud.
– Transactions that span several requests

Access Control Lists (ACLs) of some form are expected to be in the final CMIS spec, but implementations of ACLs across vendors is widely different. ACLs may take some time to come to consensus on.

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