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Subject: OASIS to Host Open Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures for XML

OASIS to Host Open Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures for XML

Program Brings Together Standards Developers from Adobe, AIAG, BEA Systems,
CIDX, DataPower Technology, Fidelity, Fujitsu, General Motors, IBM, IONA,
Oracle, Reactivity, RosettaNet, Sterling Commerce, SAP, Sun Microsystems,
and Others.

Boston, MA, USA; 8 April 2004 -- OASIS, the international standards
consortium, announced plans to host the Symposium on Reliable
Infrastructures for XML, 26-27 April 2004, in New Orleans. The event, which
will be open to the public, will offer a forum for the international
community to exchange ideas and present results of standards
work-in-progress. Attendees will identify unaddressed topics in need of
standards development and areas where coordination between efforts would
promote interoperability.

"Today, many different (and partially interchangeable) technologies are
available that propose to increase the reliability of XML-based messaging
and networking infrastructure. We define 'reliable' to mean that
implementing one or more of these technologies in an infrastructure removes
some of the burden of ensuring application integrity from software
programmers and architects," explained Chet Ensign of LexisNexis, chair of
the Program Committee of the OASIS Technical Advisory Board. "The OASIS
Symposium will focus on exploring the current state of these technologies
and identifying gaps where open standards are needed."

User requirements will drive the discussions. Keynotes will be provided by
William Stangel, Sr. VP and Enterprise Architect for Fidelity Investments
Systems Company, and Thomas Koulopoulos, president and co-founder of the
Delphi Group.

Other program highlights include a user panel on "Implementing Standards to
Achieve Reliable Transacting," featuring Fred Falten of General Motors
representing the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Kenneth R.
Hutcheson, director of the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX), Patrick
Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS, and Paul Tearnen, Vice President,
Standards Management of RosettaNet. Moderated by Michael Bechauf, Vice
President of NetWeaver Standards for SAP, the panel will explore the
importance of open standards to users and the ways industry groups are
implementing standard-oriented architectures into their own work. 

Building on foundational information presented in the main Symposium, the
healthcare community will gather on Wednesday, 28 April for a workshop,
"Reliable Infrastructures for eHealth." Implementers from Health Level Seven
(HL7), The Mayo Clinic, Medical Banking Project, US Centre for Disease
Control, US National Institute of Health, and others will investigate the
relationships between the standards that exist today and paths for future

Seventeen OASIS Technical Committees will meet following the Symposium to
advance standard data exchange for e-business, Web services, security, and
legal applications. First meetings of the new OASIS Electronic Business
Service Oriented Architecture (ebSOA) Technical Committee, the OASIS Web
Services Notification (WSN) Technical Committee, and the OASIS Web Services
Resource Framework (WSRF) Technical Committee will be held at the event.

The OASIS Symposium is sponsored by Adobe, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, SAP,
and Sun Microsystems. Registration is open to all. For more information:


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)
is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development,
convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set
the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly
designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. OASIS
produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, conformance,
business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and
interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded in 1993, OASIS has
more than 3,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and
individual members in 100 countries. http://www.oasis-open.org

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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