OASIS Adds Director of Technical Operations to Manage XML Standards

Karl Best Joins XML Interoperability Consortium Team

Boston, MA, USA; 3 May, 2000--OASIS, the international consortium dedicated to XML interoperability, today announced that Karl F. Best has joined the staff as Director of Technical Operations. In this newly created position, Best will be responsible for managing the Consortium's industry standards efforts as well as overseeing OASIS' infrastructure.

"In the past six months, OASIS has experienced tremendous growth-in our membership and in the technical work and services we provide the industry," said Bill Smith, president and acting chair of the OASIS Board. "Adding Karl to the staff as Director of Technical Operations underscores our commitment to meeting the needs of the XML industry, assisting applications groups with the XML standardization process and providing the services on which our members rely."--- Best has been involved in the XML/SGML industry since the early 1990s and served as chief strategy officer on the OASIS board of directors from 1997 to 1998. He has been an active member of a number of industry standards committees including W3C, ISO, ANSI, DocBook and ebXML. A featured speaker at industry conferences around the world, Best has spoken on topics such as "The Use of Structured Information Including XML in E-Business Applications." He has an extensive background in designing and implementing electronic documentation systems for companies that include Novell, Adobe and Sun Microsystems.

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. Together with the United Nations CEFACT, OASIS sponsors the ebXML Initiative to provide an open XML-based infrastructure enabling the global use of electronic business information in an interoperable and consistent manner. 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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