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WS-I Adds New Associate Membership Category and Signs Allies


New Associate Membership Category Extends Communication and Cooperation Among Key Web Services Organizations

Baltimore, MD, USA. November 18, 2003.

Today, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) announced that the Object Management Group (OMG), the Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGI), and the Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC) have become associate members of WS-I. This new membership category was created to improve communication and cooperation between WS-I and standards development organizations to best meet the needs of customers and the Web services industry. The announcement was made at the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit being held this week in Baltimore.

"While WS-I and standards organizations like the ones announced today have different purposes, we share a common vision for the future of Web services," said Ed Cobb, board director and chair of the WS-I Liaison Committee. "WS-I is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with these organizations, and the associate membership category enables these organizations to participate more directly in the work of WS-I. In addition, WS-I continues to work with other standards organizations through informal liaison channels."

New Associate Members Support WS-I

OMG, OAGI, and POSC have issued the following testimonials announcing their support for WS-I:

  • "Standards for portability, interoperability and reuse have been the Object Management Group's bedrock since our founding in 1989," remarked Richard Soley, chairman and chief executive officer of the Object Management Group. "We are delighted to support WS-I's effort to provide best practices and guidelines to ensure those standards solve real end-user problems. OMG brings widely deployed specifications such as UML, MDA(R) and CORBA(R) to the Web services world and the IT community in general, specifications which make designing developing and deploying Web services much simpler. OMG looks forward to working through WS-I to support interoperability in the nascent Web services marketplace."

  • "We are very pleased to become an associate member of WS-I," said David Connelly, chief executive officer of the Open Applications Group, Inc. "We already have a Web services workgroup within OAGI where many of our members are developing innovative approaches to using Web services based on the WS-I Basic Profile in combination with the OAGIS XML Canonical Business Language. Since OAGIS has been broadly adopted in more than 40 countries around the world and is independent from technical frameworks, OAGIS is rapidly becoming the premier payload for Web services solutions for end-users and solution providers alike. Our OAGI community is determined to leverage as well as contribute to the work at the WS-I in order to maximize their goals for interoperability."

  • "As an international consortium focused on the development and deployment of open standards for interoperability in the exploration and production sector of the energy industry, POSC was an early proponent of both XML and Web services," said David Archer, president and chief executive officer of POSC. "The industry is busily at work in pursuit of interoperable systems covering activities from the drill site, to the back office and beyond. Web services are already playing an important role in this work, and many oil and gas players see Web services as a central component of future 'digital' architectures. We are very pleased to be an associate member of WS-I as this class of membership offers an excellent opportunity to engage with the broader WS-I community as representatives of the POSC membership with regard to Web services technologies."

Associate member benefits to qualified organizations include access to the WS-I member website and its documents, access to technical working group materials, participation in technical working groups and community meetings, and the use of the WS-I logo. For more information, contact WS-I at

About WS-I

WS-I is an open industry organization committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages. The organization unites a diverse community of Web services companies to provide guidance, recommended practices, and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services. Since its formation in February 2002, more than 170 companies have joined WS-I. For more information please visit, or e-mail


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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."

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