New OASIS Process Supports XML Industry Standards Development

03 October 2000 OASIS MEMBER NEWS New OASIS Process Supports XML Industry Standards Development XML Consortium Adopts Bylaws to Foster Open XML Standards

XML Consortium Adopts Bylaws to Foster Open
XML Standards

Boston, MA USA and London, England; October 3, 2000--OASIS,
the XML interoperability consortium, has expanded its technical
process for the development of industrial XML standards. The
Consortium recently expanded its bylaws to implement a new
model of technical committee organization that, in essence,
allows OASIS to become a home for industry-specific XML application
development. Instead of establishing separate governance and
infrastructure, vertical industry groups are now free to develop
XML standards within OASIS. The new OASIS development process
is open, accountable, democratic, language-neutral, flexible
and scalable.

"XML is a framework for the development of industry data
standards," said Jon Bosak of Sun Microsystems, who organized
and led the working group that created XML. "Without a legally
accountable, open development process, XML standards are likely
to be established by, and engineered to benefit, just a few
large corporate players, locking out small- to medium-size
enterprises. By establishing a framework for the open development
of XML standards, OASIS puts the present and future control
over such standards firmly in the hands of those who will
use them. "

Bosak chaired the OASIS Process Advisory Committee (PAC),
which drafted the new bylaws.

"XML standards developed over the next few years will form
an essential part of the IT infrastructure for decades to
come," commented Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS.
"OASIS is widely recognized as the open forum where industry
leaders put aside competitive differences and come together
to solve business problems with XML. We have the critical
mass to insure standards developed within OASIS will be adopted
by industries around the world."

About OASIS

OASIS is the world's
largest independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the
standardization of XML applications. In addition to its technical
work on areas as varied as XML conformance and XML repository
standards, OASIS hosts several independent initiatives. ebXML
is a joint effort of the United Nations CEFACT and OASIS to
establish a global framework that will enable XML to be used
in a consistent manner for the exchange of all electronic
business data. CGM Open,
is a consortium within OASIS dedicated to advancing CGM and
other web graphics standards. The
XML Cover Pages
is widely regarded as the most comprehensive
online reference work for XML and other structured information
standards. OASIS also hosts the XML.ORG
Registry
, the open community clearinghouse of XML application
schemas.

OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND Data
Solutions, Arbortext, Auto-trol Technology, B-Bop Associates,
BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, BroadVision,
Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, DataChannel, Dataloom,
Deutsche Post AG, DMSi, Documentum, eCredit.com, Enigma, eXcelon,
Extensibility, Extricity Software, First Call, IBM, InformIT,
Informix, Infoteria, Interwoven, IPNet Solutions, ISOGEN,
ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator
Software, Micrografx, Microsoft, Netfish, NextPage, NII Enterprise
Promotion Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, ObjectSpace,
Oracle Corporation, Pick Systems, ProNet Technology, Reuters,
Sabre, SAP, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP,
StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synth-Bank, Visa, Wavo, Webb
Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill Technologies,
Xerox, XML Global, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
OASIS
carol.geyer@oasis-open.org
+1 978.667.5115 x209