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Subject: Standards Community Gathers for OASIS Symposium On the Future of XML Vocabularies

Standards Community Gathers for OASIS Symposium On the Future of XML Vocabularies

Open Source Advocate, Mitchell Kapor, to Keynote

BOSTON, MA, USA; 5 APRIL 2005 - Issues of interoperability at the business layer bring standards developers and users together at
the OASIS Symposium in New Orleans, 24-29 April 2005. The program will feature two days of presentations related to "The Future of
XML Vocabularies," where attendees will explore options for solving cross-sectoral needs for the global exchange of business
information. Mitchell Kapor, chairman of the Open Source Applications Foundation, will provide the keynote address for the event,
which will also include technical committee meetings, tutorials, training sessions, and the annual OASIS member meeting. 
"The global economy depends on a foundation of openness and the coordinated production of an information commons--one which will not
replace but transform proprietary ownership and market competition," said Kapor. "I look forward to discussing the treatment of
intellectual assets with OASIS members, as the consortium takes steps to clarify its own intellectual property rights policy."

The program also includes a keynote by Joanne Friedman, CEO of ConneKted Minds, and presentations on OASIS work including the
Universal Business Language (UBL), Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), and the XML Localisation Interchange File Format

Representatives from Boeing, Cendant, General Motors, JPMorganChase, and Lockheed Martin will discuss "The Impact of Vocabularies on
End User SOA Strategies" in an industry panel moderated by DataPower. Executives from the Open Applications Group, Open Geospatial
Consortium, Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium, RosettaNet, and UN/CEFACT comprise a second panel where standards bodies draw
on their experiences to explore "The Past As a Guide to the Future" for vocabulary development. This panel will be moderated by SAP.

"This year's Symposium speakers are an amazingly diverse and impressive representation of the community. The agenda brings together
some of the most prominent pioneers of Internet e-Business with technology leaders in Web services and SOA, major end users,
governments, and industry consortia," stated Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "This type of broad, influential
participation is essential if we are to solve the universal semantic interoperability challenges that affect businesses in our
global economy."

The Symposium is open to both members and non-members of OASIS. Sponsors of the event include BEA Systems, DataPower, HP, IBM,
Innodata Isogen, SAP, and Sun Microsystems. The program is coordinated by the OASIS Technical Advisory Board and chaired by Jishnu
Mukerji of HP and William Cox.

Additional Information:

OASIS Symposium

About OASIS:

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international 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. The consortium produces
open standards for Web services, security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific
markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 4,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100
countries. Approved OASIS Standards include AVDL, CAP, DocBook, DSML, ebXML, SAML, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM, WS-Reliability, WSRP,
WS-Security, XACML, and XCBF. http://www.oasis-open.org

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
OASIS Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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