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Jon Bosak and Tim Bray Receive XML Cup Award 2002

XML Cup Award 2002 Presented to Jon Bosak and Tim Bray

Industry Leaders Recognized for Their Achievements and Work on the XML Standard

Baltimore, MD, USA. December 10, 2002.

IDEAlliance, today awarded the XML Cup to Jon Bosak and Tim Bray, for outstanding contributions to XML. The presentation was part of the opening session of the XML Conference and Exposition 2002, being held this week at the Baltimore Convention Center, in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Jon Bosak was the Chair of the W3C Working Group that created XML, while Tim Bray was one of the co-editors of the XML specification as well as writing the first XML parser. Both have been energetic evangelists for XML and both are worthy recipients of the XML Cup", said Lauren Wood, Chair of the XML 2002 Conference, who awarded the Cup. "The biggest decision the XML 2002 Planning Committee had to make was which of them should get the Cup this year, and which next year, so we decided to give it to both."

"Jon and Tim are well respected within the XML community, as well as the IT community at large, for their innovative contributions. It is an honor for us to present them with the XML Cup this year. They have been inspirations to us all," stated Marion Elledge, Executive VP, IDEAlliance. "Our XML conference and exposition has been in existence since the standard was first announced at one of our IT events over five years ago. The XML Cup Award was created to honor talented individuals whose vision and contributions have made a lasting impact on XML technology. We think that this year's recipients more than meet these requirements."

More about the XML Cup Winners

Jon Bosak organized and led the working group that created XML, subsequently serving for two years as chair of the XML Coordination Group of the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a long-time member of OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, and he chaired the committee that developed the OASIS process for the definition of industry-specific XML markup standards. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Business XML initiative (ebXML), a joint project of OASIS and the United Nations body for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). He currently chairs the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee and serves as the Sun Microsystems representative to the RosettaNet Solution Provider Board.

Tim Bray has been in the software profession since 1981. He managed the New Oxford English Dictionary Project 1987. In 1989, Mr. Bray co-founded Open Text Corporation. He built one of the first popular commercial Web Search Engines in 1995 and in 1996-99, as an Invited Expert at the W3C, he co-invented XML and XML Namespaces. Mr. Bray is the author of Bonnie, a file system benchmark widely used in the Linux community and Lark, the world's first conformant XML processor. In 1999 he founded Systems Inc. and is currently employed there. He also serves on the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

"We at Antarctica and our customers have been fortunate to work with Tim," said Barry Yates, CEO at Antarctica Systems Inc. "His significant past contributions to XML and search engines we believe will pale next to his vision for the next generation of the enterprise user interface. Our customers and the technology world at large will continue to benefit from Tim's work and we know that many more awards like this one today await Tim in the future.

"In a dynamic and changing marketplace, the IDEAlliance XML Conference and Exposition is becoming the premier XML event. With the key leaders in attendance, we are pleased to recognize the innovations in the industry", said David Steinhardt, President of IDEAlliance. "Next year's XML Cup will be presented during the XML 2003 Conference, being held December 7-12, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We look forward to honoring another visionary at that time and to seeing what advancements are made in the upcoming year".

About IDEAlliance

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization. Its mission is to advance user-driven, cross-industry solutions for all publishing and content-related processes by developing standards, fostering business alliances, and identifying best practices. IDEAlliance has been a leader in information technology since 1966 (founded as Graphic Communications Association) having fostered the development and adoption of standards such as ADIS, GRACoL, ICE, JIFFI, Mail.dat, papiNet, PRISM, PROSE XML, SPACE XML, SGML, and XML. Learn more about IDEAlliance at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "First XML Cup Award Presented to Industry Pioneer James Clark. Recognized for Achievements and Work on the XML Standard."

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