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Date:      Wed, 19 Sep 2001 13:38:29 -0500
From:      "Elledge, Marion" <>
To:        "''" <>
Subject:   The ICE (Information and Content Exchange) Authoring Group invites you...

The ICE (Information and Content Exchange) Authoring Group invites you to learn about ICE 2.0.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Time: 7:30 A.M Continental Breakfast
Place: Marriott Hotel one block from the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
Room: Knob Hill B

For those who are new to this standard, ICE is an XML-based communications protocol optimized for managing the regular exchange of content and data among business partners.

The first version of the ICE specification was released in 1998 and has enjoyed considerable support. An update, ICE 1.1 was also released and it too has been incorporated into products produced by companies including Vignette, Kinecta, Interwoven, Oracle, HP, and Active Data Exchange. There is also an ICE cookbook to assist developers in using ICE. In addition, a reference implementation toolkit called ICE CUBES is being developed and is available at

Originally designed for syndication of news networks, ICE is now a vital technology for value networks and Web portals, as trading partners face the need to keep one another updated with current information. Syndication using ICE technology has now become synonymous with managed content interchange since it addresses the need for automated, reliable, secure distribution and redistribution of all types of commercial and non commercial content.

Now, armed with the knowledge of required enhancements and aware of a host of new infrastructure and transport layer options, the Authoring Group has decided to move to the next major version of the specification.

You are invited to become a part of this process.

Some of the current plans for ICE 2.0 include:

  • Exploration of ICE-based syndication as a Web Service
  • Integration of the latest standards such as XML Schemas, XML Namespaces, UDDI, SOAP, PRISM, and RDF
  • Elegant metadata implementations including PRISM an RDF
  • Well-defined protocol extension mechanism
  • Development of a framework for a public catalog
  • New transport layers such as HTTP/S, SMTP, NNTP, and WAP

Join the Authoring Group for breakfast; find out all about the value of ICE and how you can implement it; and get involved in ICE 2.0 Please RSVP to Linda Burman at

About ICE and the ICE Authoring Group

ICE (Information and Content Exchange) is a key industry initiative hosted by the IDEAlliance and sponsored by a group of companies who have a common interest in solving the problem of automating and managing the exchange of every type of content. The group consists of software developers and companies who distribute or consume content, whether commercially or within intranet and extranet frameworks. The ICE Authoring Group and the ICE Network are open to all companies and include companies such as Adobe Systems, Vignette, Active Data Exchange, Interwoven, Kinecta, and National Semi Conductor.

For information contact:

Linda Burman at 416 699-7198, IDEAlliance at 703 837-1097. Or go to

Marion L. Elledge
Executive Vice President
(founded in 1966 as the Graphic Communications Association)
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703/837-1093
Fax: 703/548-2867
Cell: 202/413-4729

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Information and Content Exchange (ICE) Protocol."

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