BPEL4People going official
WS-BPEL Extension for People introduces a BPEL extension to address human interactions in BPEL as a first-class citizen. It defines a new type of basic activity which uses human tasks as an implementation, and allows specifying tasks local to a process or use tasks defined outside of the process definition. This extension is based on the WS-HumanTask specification.
WS-HumanTask introduces the definition of human tasks, including their properties, behavior and a set of operations used to manipulate human tasks. A coordination protocol is introduced in order to control autonomy and life cycle of service-enabled human tasks in an interoperable manner.
The authors of these specifications plan to submit the specifications to a recognized standards development organization in the near future. On webservices.org it is said that the specifications will be submitted to OASIS.