The OASIS SOA Reference Model: not just for propeller-heads
Jeff over at Service Oriented Enterprise is grumpy about the approval of the SOA-RM specification by OASIS.
He says it's only really useful for a very specialised audience - the implication, I think, is that the ideas are so abstract that they're not of any practical use to real practitioners.
Now I'll admit that the spec is not the most accessible read in the world - it's kind of dry and abstract - but then it's a specification of sorts! And it's a heck of a lot more readable than many I've come across. Moreover I personally feel that it offers some really interesting ideas that have a lot of value to anyone still grappling with SOA; or to anyone who suspects that the majority (and over-simplified, instant-gratification) view of SOA that focuses on application development is bogus.