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XML.ORG Goes Live with First Phase of Open Registry & Repository for XML Specifications

Boston, MA, USA and London, England. June 20, 2000.

OASIS, the non-profit XML interoperability consortium, today announced public access to the first phase of the XML.ORG Registry (, an open registry and repository for XML specifications and vocabularies. Designed to foster collaboration and enhance communication within industries, the XML.ORG Registry provides the community with a resource for accessing the fast-growing body of XML specifications being developed for vertical industries and horizontal applications. Committed to open industry standards, the XML.ORG Registry offers a vendor-neutral forum for developers and standards bodies to publicly submit, publish and exchange XML specifications and vocabularies. Operated as a non-commercial venture, the XML.ORG Registry is a self-supporting resource created by and for the community.

"The XML.ORG Registry is something that has never existed before. It is the only independent clearinghouse for XML resources," explained Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "The XML.ORG Registry is not intended to be the one and only resource for XML schemas. Rather, it is designed to serve as a model for an extensible network of XML registries and repositories distributed across the Internet."

"The XML.ORG Registry belongs to the XML community at large," said Jon Bosak (Sun Microsystems), organizer of the working group that created XML. "This first phase is a call for participation, an opportunity to experience the potential of an open XML registry and an invitation to the community to help shape its evolving functionality."

Industry groups and other organizations that have developed XML specifications can freely register their work at the XML.ORG Registry. The OASIS "no strings attached" submission policy ensures that developers receive the benefits and recognition they deserve while retaining all the rights to their work and control over its use.

"What we have today is a world-class application, created by leaders in the industry committed to following an open standards process. Developers, groups and companies can feel confident submitting their schemas to the XML.ORG Registry," said Karl Best, director of technical operations for OASIS.

From its inception, the XML.ORG Registry has been a consensus-based effort to ensure interoperability with existing and emerging XML initiatives. The XML.ORG Registry developers continue to work with the OASIS Registry & Repository Technical Committee to define a specification for a global network of repositories. This specification is intended to allow interoperable registries to be created for use within industry organizations, communities and corporations. Ultimately, the XML.ORG Registry will link to standards-compliant repositories as they become available, as well as provide resources on its own site.

Built by Industry Leaders

The XML.ORG Registry was developed by Documentum and Sun Microsystems using software components from Documentum, iPlanet, and Oracle. Documentum 4i eBusiness Edition, the content management platform powering the registry application, drives the entire process from the submission of a schema to its availability for public access via Documentum Site Delivery Services. The application runs on the Oracle 8i database, while the serving of resources to users is achieved through the iPlanet Web Server from Sun. The implementation is deployed on Sun Microsystems Servers.

The XML.ORG Registry was made possible by the donation of resources from Documentum, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, IBM and DataChannel and demonstrates their commitment to providing the community with an open, independent resource for publicly available XML specifications.

"As XML establishes itself as the standard for business-to-business inter-enterprise exchange, the XML.ORG Registry will become an important resource for the community," said Howard Shao, Documentum's chief technology officer. "We have applied our flagship content management platform, Documentum 4i eBusiness Edition, to the development of the XML.ORG Registry. This enables the Registry to provide an open, trusted service for the registration and exchange of XML schemas and specifications for the standards-based community of schema developers. We are proud to play a crucial role in the successful adoption of XML and fully endorse and support XML.ORG."

"Sun's donations and participation in the XML.ORG Registry are driven by our customers' needs for an open, trusted location where they can register, publish and retrieve XML resources," said Bill Smith, engineering manager, XML Technology Center, Sun Microsystems and president of the OASIS board of directors. "We believe that this implementation will provide the seed for the growth of a global network of such implementations, enabling XML to achieve its full potential as an underpinning of network-centric computing."

"XML is the standard for exchanging e-business data across organizations and industries," said Jeremy Burton, senior vice president of Product Marketing at Oracle. "Built on the rock-solid Oracle8i foundation, the XML.ORG Registry has been designed from the ground up to build up an open, standards-based community of schema developers. It takes XML to the next level and will help make e-businesses even more interoperable."

"As a recognized leader in the application of structured information standards, DataChannel recognizes the need for an open, vendor-neutral registry and repository for XML schemas and specifications," Brian Eisenberg, standards & technology liaison for DataChannel. "The XML.ORG Registry is an important step forward for the standards community, especially as XML implementations become more pervasive in the global eBusiness marketplace. DataChannel fully endorses and supports the XML.ORG Registry and is committed to working with XML.ORG and its sponsors to ensure that it continues as an open forum for the submission and exchange of XML schemas and specifications."

"There has been a tremendous amount of interest lately in XML registries and repositories from our customers and partners," said Robert S. Sutor, program director of XML Technology at IBM and OASIS chief strategy officer. "IBM is pleased that XML.ORG has released its XML resource clearinghouse and we look forward to cooperating with them in the future as we advance to a distributed repository model. As the Internet becomes increasingly reliant on interoperability for the advancement of e-marketplaces, this repository model becomes critical."

Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel, Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, Mercator Software, Oracle Corporation, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.


OASIS ( is the world's largest independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the standardization of XML applications. OASIS engenders participation from across the industry, bringing together competitors and overlapping standards bodies. Through open discussion and debate, OASIS reconciles conflicting perspectives in order to create specifications that are representative of the industry as a whole.

OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, BroadVision, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, CommerceNet, CompTIA, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, eXcelon, Extricity Software, GCA, Health Level Seven, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association,, NIST, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Oracle Corporation, Pick Systems, POET Software, ProNet Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill Technologies, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.


XML.ORG ( is a vendor-neutral resource for advancing XML industry standardization. Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel, Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, Mercator Software, Oracle Corporation, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

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