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XML Workshop in Amsterdam

OASIS, W3C and RivCom Offer Workshop on Applying XML Within the Enterprise

Boston, MA, USA. May 05, 2000.

International consortia, OASIS and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), have joined forces with XML consultancy and services company, RivCom, to host, "Making the Best Use of XML within the Enterprise." Focused on the strategic introduction of XML to user organizations, this one-day workshop will be held on 15 May as part of the WWW9 Conference in Amsterdam. Workshop attendees will join XML leaders from Boeing, DataChannel, ebXML, Flash Creative Management, IBM, NATO, Sun Microsystems and others in a highly participatory event.

While XML is becoming established as a key enabler for Internet-based enterprise information exchange and distributed computing, many user organizations are finding it difficult to know how best to adopt this emerging technology, observed Adrian Rivers, Managing Director, RivCom. This workshop will help users appreciate the many roles XML can play across the whole enterprise.

The goal of OASIS, W3C and RivCom is to bring together leading figures from the XML world who represent user organizations, software vendors, consultancies and standards bodies, said Stuart Robinson, Head of the W3C UK Office at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. This group will identify the technical and cultural issues involved in introducing XML to the enterprise and the options open to organizations in addressing these issues.

The program for the Workshop will include short presentations on the issues involved in introducing XML to the enterprise, along with candidate solutions to address these issues. These will be followed by discussion groups and plenary sessions to explore the potential and possible nature of a framework to support organizations seeking to introduce XML to the enterprise.

Proceedings from the day will be used as input towards the development of a set of support materials for organizations setting out to establish clear strategies for the adoption of XML. These materials will be made publicly available and presented for discussion at the XML Europe 2000 conference, said Pamela Gennusa, OASIS European representative and chair of XML Europe 2000.

More information about "Making the Best Use of XML within the Enterprise" can be found at . Details on the WWW9 conference can be found at .


OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum of structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, 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, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association,, NIST, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, 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.

About RivCom

RivCom ( is a consultancy and services company specializing in helping businesses adopt XML technologies to meet their information management and distribution needs. RivCom has been actively involved in the development of the XML family of standards, having been a member of the original XML Special Interest Group, a member of the W3C XSLT Working Group, joint project leader of the STEP/SGML harmonisation initiative under ISO, and software development lead in the recently completed European XML/EDI Pilot Project. In April 1997, at the WWW6 conference in Santa Clara, RivCom gave the worlds first public demonstration of XML content being displayed within an industry-standard browser (using a browser plugin developed by RivCom). RivCom is currently assisting the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) in the development of NewsML, an XML-based standard for the management and interchange of news objects and collections of news objects in all media.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C ( was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, reference code implementations to embody and promote standards, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, over 420 organizations are Members of the Consortium.

For more information, contact:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
Tel: +1.941.926.2322
Fax: +1.505.210.2878

Adrian Rivers
Tel: +44 (0)1793 792003
Fax: +44 (0)1793 792001

Janet Daly
Head of Communications
Tel: +1 617 253 5884
Fax: +1 617 258 5999

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See Ninth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW9). "The Web: The Next Generation." May 15 - 19, 2000. RAI International Exhibition & Congress Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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