CESAR + OSLC
The importance of Interoperability in Engineering Environments is rising and it is becoming more and more crucial for successful and efficient systems engineering. The CESAR Subproject 1 provides the engineering "Reference Technology Platform" (RTP), which is a breakthrough in system development by deploying a customizable platform. One important part of the overall RTP architecture is the Interoperability Specification (IOS). The IOS collects the state of the art interoperability methods and defines a strategic approach about how these methods can be used within the RTP.
In the past, tool vendors, user groups and research projects defined their own way of how to connect tools; but with limited success. The large magnitude of peer to peer connections meant that they were impossible to handle. Therefore, cooperation between the different stakeholders is absolutely vital across research projects as well as among vendors and users. The vision to achieve such a goal in many similar areas is the establishment of open standards. Therefore, for the RTP IOS to be successful, the use of open standards and to evolve the IOS to an open standard is a necessity.
With CESAR, the journey of RTP and IOS has started and the task driving these topics forward will be handed over to ongoing or right now starting projects like e.g. iFEST and MBAT. Major milestones on this journey are to get more tool vendors, industrial users and research organizations to join this undertaking in order to combine efforts and make RTP and IOS a real, widely accepted and significant open standard.
A first milestone in this direction has been reached by the decision of the CESAR Project Steering Board in Sept 2011. The PSB decided to select the promising emerging open standard OSLC (?Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration?) as a basis for the IOS and that the project will work with the OSLC community to drive the standard also with enhancements based on CESAR needs and to raise acceptance in the industry. The CESAR Project Coordinator has sent an open letter to the OSLC community to inform them about this decision.
OSLC is based on the Internet and linked-data standards and is designed for the specific interoperability needs in engineering environments. More details can be found on the OSLC community web pages (http://open-services.net/about). Other standards will be considered as necessary to contribute to the overall IOS functionality.