Press Release

OASIS Launches OpenDocument

New Web Site Enables Community to Share, Track, and Monitor Information on the OpenDocument Format

Lyon, France; 12 September 2006 — The OASIS international standards consortium today launched a new web site, OpenDocument (, designed to serve as the official community gathering place and information resource for the OpenDocument Format (ODF). An international standard approved by OASIS, ISO and IEC, OpenDocument enables users of varying office products to freely exchange documents. “There is so much excitement and momentum behind OpenDocument right now,” said Don Harbison of IBM, co-chair of the OASIS ODF Adoption Committee, which provides editorial guidance for the new site. “We wanted to offer the community a central location where they can easily find reliable information on the technology and the marketplace.” “OpenDocument also provides a genuine community experience, connecting implementers with users, and making it possible for people to learn from one another and contribute to a growing knowledge base,” added Erwin Tenhumberg of Sun Microsystems, co-chair of the OASIS ODF Adoption Committee. “The site supports a wiki interface, blogs, forums, and other interactive methods of communication.” All OpenDocument pages are accessible by the public, and readers are encouraged to contribute content. In addition to technical and educational background material on the standard, the site features a community bulletin board and directory where readers share news, events, product and services listings, information on deployments in the public and private sectors, case studies, testimonials, and recommendations on books, white papers, and other useful resources. OpenDocument is sponsored by IBM, Intel, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Approved OASIS Standards include AVDL, BCM, CAP, DITA, DocBook, DSML, ebXML CPPA, ebXML Messaging, ebXML Registry, EDXL-DE, EML, OpenDocument, SAML, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM, WS-Reliability, WSRF, WSRP, WS-Security, XACML, XCBF, and XML Catalogs. Additional information: OpenDocument OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee OASIS ODF Adoption Committee