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Subject: OASIS Expands Technical Programs for XML Application StandardsDevelopment

OASIS Expands Technical Programs for XML Application Standards Development

Consortium Forms New Technical Committees to Develop XML Standards for
Managing Customer Information and Entity Resolution

London, England; October 19, 2000—OASIS, the XML interoperability
consortium, introduced two new technical committees (TCs), as part of its
expanded process for the development of industrial XML standards. The
Consortium added the OASIS Customer Information Quality TC for customer
profile management and the OASIS Entity Resolution TC for XML tools
development. These TCs are expected to be the first in a series of new OASIS
technical programs to develop XML application standards both for ubiquitous
business functions as well as for specific industries.

“OASIS is the best forum available for developing cross-industry XML
application standards,” said Norbert Mikula of DataChannel, chief technical
officer of OASIS. “The Consortium brings together the best minds in the XML
community in a non-competitive arena to advance the state of the industry at
large. It has the resources and the expertise to develop standards for
solving critical business problems with XML.”

Lauren Wood of SoftQuad Software, chair of the new OASIS Entity Resolution
TC, agreed, "Members of OASIS recognize the importance of having forums for
the discussion, development, and promotion of XML-related standards. The
Entity Resolution TC is a good example, since it will update the successful
and widely implemented OASIS catalog mechanism that was developed for SGML,
and apply it to XML."

While these new OASIS TCs address broad applications of XML and are intended
for use across many industries, the Consortium’s expanded technical agenda
also focuses on specific business segments. “Under the Consortium’s new
model of technical committee organization, vertical industry groups are now
free to develop XML standards within OASIS,” said Karl Best, director of
technical operations at OASIS. “We invite those interested in developing XML
industry standards to discover the benefits of working within the

OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is the world’s largest independent,
non-profit organization dedicated to the standardization of XML
applications. In addition to its technical work on areas as varied as XML
conformance and XML repository standards, OASIS hosts several independent
initiatives. ebXML (http://www.ebxml.org) is a joint effort of the United
Nations CEFACT and OASIS to establish a global framework that will enable
XML to be used in a consistent manner for the exchange of all electronic
business data. CGM Open (http://www.cgmopen.org), is a consortium within
OASIS dedicated to advancing CGM and other web graphics standards. The XML
Cover Pages (http://www.oasis-open.org/cover) is widely regarded as the most
comprehensive online reference work for XML and other structured information
standards. OASIS also hosts the XML.ORG Registry (http://xml.org/registry),
the open community clearinghouse of XML application schemas.

OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND Data Solutions,
Arbortext, Auto-trol Technology, B-Bop Associates, BEA Systems, Bentley
Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, BroadVision, Chrystal Software, Cohesia,
Commerce One, DataChannel, Dataloom, Deutsche Post AG, DMSi, Documentum,
eCredit.com, Enigma, Excelergy, eXcelon, Extensibility, Extricity Software,
First Call, IBM, InformIT, Informix, Infoteria, Interwoven, IPNet Solutions,
ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mediaplex,
Mercator Software, Micrografx, Microsoft, Netfish, NextPage, NII Enterprise
Promotion Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, ObjectSpace, Oracle
Corporation, Pick Systems, ProNet Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Sequoia
Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems,
Synth-Bank, Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill
Technologies, Xerox, XML Global, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.

For more information:
Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant

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