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OAGI Joins International Standards Alliance

The Open Applications Group Joins International Standards Alliance

OAGI Collaborates With IEC, ISO, ITU, and UN/ECE in Effort to Harmonize Worldwide eBusiness Standards

Geneva, Switzerland; Atlanta, GA, USA. January 15, 2003.

OAGI, the most experienced and widely implemented XML business language standards group in the world, recently joined the four International de jure Standards Organizations in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Electronic Business. Founding members of the MoU include the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE). As the newest member of the MoU, OAGI adds its resources to the efforts of these international standards-setting bodies to coordinate the development of global standards for electronic business.

"We welcome OAGI to the MoU on Electronic Business," noted Cynthia L. Fuller, Chair of the MoU Management Group. "The consortium's work with XML and their adoption of ebXML, a global initiative for e-business information exchange sponsored by OASIS and UN/CEFACT, are just a couple of examples of the many contributions OAGI continues to make towards interoperability. OAGI members span the globe in a united effort to promote convergence and collaboration, and we look forward to their involvement as active members of the MoU."

"OAGI is pleased to participate in this MoU," said David Connelly, President and CEO of OAGI. "Our members look forward to working together with the worldwide standards community driving for increased harmonization and the resultant improved opportunities for all in the global community."

The Electronic Business MoU establishes a coordination mechanism under a unique cooperative model to produce mutually supportive standards required in business transactions (data interchange and interoperability), as well as product design and manufacturing to meet the urgent needs of both industry and end-users.

"The purpose of the MoU is to minimize the risk of divergent and competitive approaches to standardization, avoid duplication of efforts and confusion amongst users," said Houlin Zhao, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "Under the MoU's Management Group, for instance, ITU technical groups will be able to share their agendas with OAGI technical committees to promote convergence where appropriate and advance the interests of the marketplace at-large."

About the Open Applications Group

The Open Applications Group Inc. is organized to promote interoperability among Business Software Applications and to create and/or endorse one or more standards for achieving dramatically easier interoperability of Business Software Applications. The OAGIS specification can be downloaded for free at For more information on the Open Applications Group, write us at or visit our web site at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Open Applications Group."

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