The OASIS standards organisation will create blueprints for Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs), it announced yesterday.

A new SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee will define vendor-neutral "recipes", focussing on real-world uses and cases, it said. The team will be led by Miko Matsumura, vice president at Web services company Infravio.

The blueprints will be based on work done by The Middleware analyst firm, later sold to Matsumurafor $1 with the understanding that the documents would be made available licence-free to the IT community. Both BEA and Microsoft played a major role in the blueprint effort, which may explain why IBM is absent from the list of supporters. Technical Committee members include Adobe, Datapower, Infravio, and Software AG.

"We feel that there are two major benefits to this whole endeavour," Matsumura said. "The first is about developing a community of best practices, which hovers around functional requirements and business requirements. The second is that people can use these implementations as a mechanism for doing technology supplier selection."

Although this architecture-level project landed in OASIS, Matsumura said he first approached the WS-I (Web Services Interoperability) organisation, which warned him that achieving consensus on the blueprints would be a lengthy process.

The set of SOA Initiative Blueprints Documents that will form the basis for OASIS's work can be downloaded free from SOA Centre.