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Subject: OASIS News: 3 Mar 2009

3 Mar 2009

Welcome to OASIS News, a bi-weekly update of announcements, accomplishments, and activities for the international open standards consortium.

In this issue:
* UIMA 1.0 becomes OASIS Standard
* CAP IPAWS Profile 1.0 public review begins
* Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) 1.0 public review begins
* OpenDocument TC seeks input for "ODF-Next"
* OASIS introduces new dues for small Sponsors
* Success of eGov Brussels workshop prompts plans for DC event
* Brocade and Thales becomes newest OASIS Sponsors
* OASIS co-organizes OntologySummit2009
* OASIS News adds French translation

UIMA 1.0 becomes OASIS Standard

Members have approved the Unstructured Information Management Architecture version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard. UIMA defines a standard for semantic search and content analytics. Congratulations to the UIMA TC chair, David Ferrucci of IBM, and to all TC participants, including representatives of IBM and EMC, for this accomplishment.


CAP IPAWS Profile 1.0 public review begins

This profile describes an interpretation of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS Standard necessary to meet the needs of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a "system of systems" created by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This public review ends 2 May. 


Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) 1.0 public review begins

IMI enables the use of Information Cards to universally manage personal digital identities online. This public review ends 27 April. 


OpenDocument TC seeks input for "ODF-Next"

The OpenDocument Format (ODF) TC invites input on technical contents of "ODF-Next", the provisional name for the next major version of ODF. The TC has created the ODF Requirements Subcommittee, chaired by Bob Jolliffe of the South Africa Department of Science and Technology, to gather, categorize and prioritize proposals for ODF-Next.


OASIS introduces new dues for small Sponsors

Organizations employing fewer than 10 people are now eligible to participate in OASIS at the Sponsor level for 9,500 USD per year. This represents a savings over the 12,000 USD dues which previously applied to all companies with fewer than 100 employees. OASIS added the new level to make it easier for small companies to receive full visibility for their contributions to open standards.


Success of eGov Brussels workshop prompts plans for DC event

The OASIS eGov Member Section announced plans for a workshop in Washington, DC in response to a successful event held in Brussels on 19 Feb. The Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance (SPFF) hosted the Brussels workshop, which had more than 90 registrants from 20 countries. The DC eGov event will be hosted by the World Bank on 17 April and will offer a unique opportunity to exchange experiences amongst professionals from the public administration and the private sector regarding the significance of open standards for efficient and transformational government. Both workshops are sponsored by IBM, Microsoft, and Adobe.


Brocade and Thales becomes newest OASIS Sponsors

Brocade is an industry leader in data center networking solutions and services that enable organizations to manage their most vital information assets. http://www.brocade.com/index.page

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defense, aerospace and security markets worldwide. http://www.thales-esecurity.com/

Members who would like to invite representatives of Brocade or Thales to participate in specific committees should contact member-services@oasis-open.org.

OASIS co-organizes OntologySummit2009

This summit will address the intersection of the technical standards world and the community of ontology and semantic technologies. The goal of the event, which will be held 6-7 April in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, is to articulate concrete challenges that will serve as a roadmap to galvanize both communities. 


OASIS News adds French translation

Beginning in March, Isabelle Maurau of Actif Mgmt, Belgium will translate this newsletter as a voluntary service to the French-speaking community. Anyone may subscribe by sending email to oasisnewsfr-subscribe@lists.oasis-open.org or view the archives at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/oasisnewsfr/

The consortium gratefully acknowledges Roberto Cisternino who translated OASIS News into Italian throughout 2008. Volunteers interested in continuing this work are invited to contact communications@oasis-open.org.


Important dates:

3 Mar
 ICOM TC holds first meeting (teleconference)  

7 Mar
 Biometric Identity (BIAS) SOAP Profile public review ends

13 Mar
 Public reviews end for XSPA Profiles of SAML and XACML  

3 Apr
 WS-DD public review ends

6-7 Apr
 OASIS co-organizes OntologySummit2009

17 Apr
 OASIS eGov MS and World Bank host workshop in Washington, DC 

OASIS News is published in English, Chinese, French, and Korean. Volunteers to translate the newsletter into other languages are welcome; contact communications@oasis-open.org. 

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