Press Release

OASIS Opens Nominations for Board of Directors

Boston, MA, USA; February 21, 2001– OASIS, the XML interoperability consortium, today announced it is seeking nominations for four executives to serve on its Board of Directors. Unlike many traditional standards organizations, OASIS uses a fully democratic process for electing its Board of Directors. Nominations, which begin on April 2, 2001, are open to the entire industry. “It’s an exciting time to be part of XML industry standardization,” commented Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. “As XML evolves into a mainstream business solution, OASIS will experience tremendous growth. We need top-level executives experienced in managing that kind of growth to charter our strategic direction. We’re looking for people who understand the big picture and who believe in interoperability.” By serving on the OASIS Board, directors exercise a major impact on XML developments within standards groups, as well as in the general technology arena. Recognized for their contributions by both the technology and investment communities, the Directors guide OASIS in its mission to promote open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications. The OASIS Board is comprised of eight directors, each serving two-year terms. The terms are staggered annually to preserve management continuity. This year, terms will expire for current directors, Eric Garcia of Sabre, Alan Hestor of Xerox Corporation, Bill Smith of Sun Microsystems and Dr. Robert Sutor of IBM. Other members of the Board, Patrick Gannon of BEA Systems, Una Kearns of Documentum, Amy Krane of Enigma and Norbert Mikula of DataChannel, will continue their OASIS service until 2002. OASIS organizational members may nominate any individual for the Board of Directors. Nominees are not required to be members of the Consortium. Executives interested in serving on the OASIS Board of Directors are encouraged to contact the Executive Director of OASIS at About OASIS OASIS ( is the international, not-for-profit consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications. With the United Nations, OASIS sponsors ebXML, a global framework for electronic business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.ORG, the non-commercial portal that delivers information on the use of XML in industry. The XML.ORG Registry provides as an open community clearinghouse for distributing and locating XML application schemas, vocabularies and related documents. OASIS serves as the home for industry groups interested in developing XML specifications. OASIS technical work embraces conformance, security, business transactions, repositories and other interoperability issues. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Access360, Aerospatiale, AND Data Solutions, Arbortext, Auto-trol, Aventail, Baltimore Technologies, B-Bop Associates, BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, Critical Path, DataChannel, Dataloom, Defense Information Services Agency, Deutsche Post AG, Documentum, EADS Airbus,, empolis, Enigma, Excelergy, eXcelon, Extensibility, Extricity, First Call, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, icomXpress, Informix, Infoteria, Innodata, Interwoven, IPNet Solutions, ISOGEN, ITEDO, Jamcracker, JetForm, Logistics Management Institute, Mediaplex, Mercator Software, Micrografx, Microsoft, Netegrity, Netfish, Netscape/AOL, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, ObjectSpace, Pick Systems, Pearson Education, Planet 7 Technologies, Popkin Software, ProNet Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Securant Technologies, Sequoia Software, SilverStream Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, Sterling Commerce, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Tamalpais Group, Thomas Technology Solutions, TIBCO, Virtual Access Networks, Visa, Wavo, webMethods, Whitehill Technologies, Xerox, XML Global, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise. For more information: Carol Geyer Director of Communications OASIS +1 978.667.5115 x209 ###