Kas Thomas, over at CMSWatch, says a new Apache project is in the works. Chemistry is a reference CMIS implementation that has committers from Day, Alfresco, and Nuxeo. The goal is to provide a vendor-neutral reference implementation and compatibility tests around the proposed CMIS specification.
It looks like this will be a standard set of REST APIs and SOAP services that implement the CMIS spec and hook into a back-end repository. Not surprisingly, the first back-end the Chemistry team plans to support is Apache Jackrabbit, Apache’s reference implementation of the JCR API.