An Introduction to CMIS

Posted: May 5, 2011 in CMIS
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What is CMIS?

Announced in September of 2008 by seven Content Management vendors, the proposed CMIS standard is defined as:
Defines a domain model and Web Services and Restful AtomPub bindings that can be used by applications to work with one or more Content Management repositories/systems.

The goal of CMIS is to define a common domain model for content management systems, allowing different applications to communicate using the same terminology and language.

Originally developed by EMC, IBM, and Microsoft, CMIS was evaluated and endorsed by Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle, and SAP prior to the public announcement. All seven vendors joined together to announce and release the standard to the community and OASIS.

CMIS is offered for implementation on a royalty-free basis. Participation in the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee is open to all companies, non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals. As with all OASIS projects, archives of the Committees’ work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment.

If you plan to do any work whatsoever with CMIS, you really need to have the specification document handy. The home page of the CMIS Technical Committee is: 

The specification document can be downloaded as a PDF from

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