NISO and OASIS Exchange Memberships Leading Organizations Work Together to Advocatem Interoperability Through XML/SGML

Bethesda, MD and Boston, MA USA; May 24, 2000--The National
Information Standards Organization (NISO) and OASIS today
announced that they have exchanged memberships in an effort
to further standards for structured documents within the information
industry. The reciprocal membership opens communication between
the industry-vertical NISO, which develops technical standards
for libraries, publishers and information services and the
cross-industry efforts of OASIS, which advances XML and SGML
structured data interoperability.

"This announcement formalizes the working relationship between
NISO and OASIS," explained Pat Harris, executive director
of NISO. "As NISO standards must increasingly address applications
on the web, the use of structured schemas such as XML and
SGML are key for interoperability. The partnership will enable
NISO to keep its members current on XML and SGML developments.
It will give the OASIS community more insight into how XML
and SGML are being applied in the information industry community."

Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS, described the
agreement as a great opportunity for both OASIS and NISO.
"The rich experiences of the information industry community
in XML and SGML development will be an asset for the OASIS
community, which serves as a vendor-neutral resource for vertical
industry groups seeking to build consensus on implementations
of structured documents."

About NISO

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is
a non-profit organization accredited by the American National
Standards Institute that develops and promotes consensus-approved
standards used in library services, publishing, and many other
information-related industries. NISO standards address the
communication needs of these industries in areas such as information
retrieval, preservation of materials, information transfer,
forms and records, identification systems, publication formats,
and equipment and supplies.

About OASIS

OASIS  is a
non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent
data and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability,
OASIS embraces the complete spectrum of structured information
standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors include
Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, BEA Systems,
Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, Chrystal Software,
Cohesia, Commerce One, CommerceNet, CompTIA, Corel, DataChannel,
DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet, eCredit.com, Enigma,
eXcelon, Extricity Software, GCA, Health Level Seven, IBM,
InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN,
ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator
Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association,
Nimble.com, NIST, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications
Group, Pick Systems, POET Software, ProNet Technology Partners,
Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad,
Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank,
Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill
Technologies, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.

About XML.ORG

XML.ORG is a vendor-neutral
community for advancing XML industry standardization. Hosted
by OASIS, the XML.ORG website provides news and information
about the application of XML in electronic business environments.
XML.ORG offers valuable online tools, such as the XML.ORG
Catalog, a clearinghouse for industry-specific or cross-industry
XML specifications. Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel,
Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, Mercator Software, SAP,
SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

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For more information:

Nancy Knight
Associate Director
NISO
(301) 654-2512
nknight@niso.org

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