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OpenXRI project to Build Open Source XRI Resolution Server

Industry Leaders Launch OpenXRI to Provide Open Source Resolution Server for OASIS Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI)

AmSoft Systems, Cordance, Epok, Identity Commons, NeuStar, Nomura Research Institute, 2IDI and ooTao Create Open Source Community to Promote Specification for Trusted Internet Addressing

Epok Donates Source Code, Syntax and Reference Libraries

San Francisco, California, USA. Digital ID World. May 11, 2005.

The growing need for an identification infrastructure that simplifies control of online identity and trusted data sharing across domain and enterprise boundaries has led to the formation of Modeled after the Apache Foundation, the OpenXRI project will publish and maintain a community standard open source Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) resolution server, the key component necessary to employ the XRI specification for trusted Internet identifiers, currently being developed within the OASIS standards consortium.

XRIs provide an identification and naming layer for applications requiring persistent, trusted endpoints for secure messaging and privacy-protected cross-domain data sharing and synchronization. Examples include dynamic Internet address books and calendaring services, privacy-assured white pages, single sign-on services and reputation networks. builds on the XRI specification produced by the OASIS XRI Technical Committee, which combines the strengths of a variety of companies, including AMD, AmSoft Systems, Cordance, Epok, NeuStar and Japan's Nomura Research Institute. Many of these companies were instrumental in the creation of

"The demand for open source implementations of OASIS specifications continues to build, and efforts like provide an essential step in advancing adoption," said Drummond Reed of Cordance, co-chair of the OASIS XRI Technical Committee. "As the Committee prepares for XRI's final public review, we invite those who support open source — as well as the entire community — to join us in developing XRI-based infrastructure."

"The goal of OpenXRI is to provide a stable, freely redistributable open source resolution server that can be integrated into enterprise, ISP or software vendor architectures," said John Ticer, vice president of product marketing at NeuStar. "One way to understand this is to think of it this way: OpenXRI is to XRI resolution as Apache is to HTTP, the result will be the ability to easily add support for XRI identification."

Epok, an identity rights management software firm in Bethesda, Maryland, donated the original source code, syntax and reference libraries to the organization.

"OpenXRI is a community effort, relying on the Apache 2.0 license, a known open source licensing model," said Adarbad Master, CTO at Epok. "The result will be a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty free, transferable and sub-licensable XRI resolution server. We hope it will stimulate organizations from federal and enterprise markets to take a serious look at the benefits of XRI services."

The resolution library will initially provide Java APIs for translation between XRIs and concrete Internet addresses such as URLs or IP addresses in applications requiring XRI resolution services. It will also include XRI ping and traceroute utilities. Ports for other software languages are planned in the near future.


The charter is to publish and maintain a community standard open source Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) resolution server. combines the strengths of a variety of companies, including AmSoft Systems, Cordance, Epok, Identity Commons, NeuStar, Japan's Nomura Research Institute, 2IDI and ooTao, with the purpose of advancing the XRI identification specification. encourages participation and the initial source code can be downloaded immediately at For more information, please visit


Bill Rubacky
Tel: +1 301.951.3034

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: (1) the news story "OASIS Releases Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) Specification for Review"; (2) the OASIS Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) TC web site.

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