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Subject: What's Happening at the Upcoming OASIS Adoption Forum

What's Happening at the Upcoming OASIS Adoption Forum
17-18 October 2005
Hilton London Metropole Hotel
London, UK

~ What's New...

The Event Expands to Include an Add-On OpenDocument and DITA Special
Event, Sponsored by Sun Microsystems and IBM.

Following the OASIS Adoption Forum will be a half-day program showcasing
two newly approved OASIS Standards, OpenDocument and the Darwin
Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA builds content reuse into
the authoring process for document creation and management. OpenDocument
provides a royalty-free, XML-based file format that covers features
required by text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents.  

This new special event will be free to all registered OASIS Adoption
Forum attendees. Individuals interested in attending this half-day event
only may register online at
The fee for the half-day only program on the 18th is 60 USD for OASIS
members and 90 USD for non-members.

The program also expands to include two new presentations on the
Universal Business Language (UBL) and a Norwegian e-health
infrastructure case study based on XML, ebXML, and PKI.

In addition to all the new programming, OASIS is pleased to announce
that Xenos will host an evening reception on Monday night.

Xenos is the most recent sponsor to support the event. Other sponsors
include: Foundational Members, BEA Systems, Innodata Isogen, SAP, and
Sun Microsystems, and event sponsors, HP and IBM.

~ Event Recap...

The event will be chaired by John Borras, the CEO of the UK's Local
e-Government Standards Body. Bola Rotibi, a senior analyst from
Ovum will provide a keynote discussing how open standards and open
source relate, how they differ, and what the future holds for both. The
agenda includes presentations from HM Revenue & Customs on standards and
taxation, from the Netherlands Ministry of Finance on best practices for
e-government, and from the Norwegian Insurance Administration on its
ebXML-based national e-health infrastructure. Rounding out the first day
will be featured panel on open standards and the need for coordination
between standards organizations. The panel will bring together
representatives from the most influential standards organizations in
Europe, including: CEN/ISSS, GS1, ICTSB, and ITU.

~ Affordable Meeting Fees... 

The 50 USD early-bird registration discount ends 19 September. An
additional discount is available to all OASIS members (100 USD). The fee
to attend the Forum (before the early-bird deadline) is 250 USD for
OASIS members and 350 USD for non-members. This meeting fee includes
access to all sessions (both on Monday and Tuesday), luncheon, coffee
breaks, reception, and associated materials. Register now at

~ Committee Meeting...

The OASIS eGov TC will hold a F2F meeting during the event.  For more
details on the meeting, please refer to the OASIS eGov TC web site:
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/egov. All OASIS eGov TC members are
welcome to begin registering for this meeting online at

~ Don't Forget to Book Your Hotel - Deadline Approaching...

The OASIS group rate at the Hilton Metropole is £119 + VAT for a single
occupancy, including American breakfast. To receive the
group rate, attendees should contact the hotel directly at +44(0)207 616
6570 and provide the group reference number “OASI161005”.
Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by 01 October 2005 to
ensure that you receive the discounted group rate. After
that date, reservations are only on a space/rate availability basis.
Reservation questions may be directed to: Kerry Reardon at
+44(0)207 616 6570.

We hope you will consider joining us in London. This event is the
perfect opportunity to examine and discuss advances in open standards
and network with those in the standards community. The event promises to
bring together OASIS Technical Committee members and participants from
other prestigious standards organizations such as:  CEN/ISSS, GS1,
ICTSB, ITU, and LISA (all of which are supporters of the event).  


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