WS-MetadataExchange was updated and republished today. While technically not part of the WS-Management/WSDM convergence effort, this is part of the same wave of consolidation/clarification. This update was described and pre-announced in the white paper describing the Web services management convergence, including the move towards using WS-Transfer’s GET operation. While WS-MetadataExchange doesn’t say anything about this (it doesn’t need to), this move towards using WS-Transfer also means that if the provider and the requestor both support the WS-ResourceTransfer extensions to WS-Transfer they will be able to exchange portions of the metadata rather than the entire thing, in the same way than a management system would retrieve a portion of the representation of a system. This allows better re-use and composition between specifications.
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