An Open System Environment (OSE) encompasses the functionality needed to provide interoperability, portability, and scalability of computerized applications across networks of heterogeneous hardware/software platforms. The OSE forms an extensible framework that allows interfaces, services, protocols, and supporting data formats to be defined in terms of nonproprietary specifications that evolve through open (public), consensus-based forums. A selected suite of specifications that define these interfaces, services, protocols, and data formats for a particular class or domain of applications is called a profile. The Application Portability Profile (APP) is the U.S. Government's OSE profile. It was developed to provide functionality across a broad range of Federal applications. This report describes the service areas and components included in the APP and provides evaluations of recommended specifications for the majority of the service area components. Organizations should use this report to assist in determining which specifications may be applicable to their particular environments.
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-187
NIST Pub Series: Special Publication (NIST SP)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs