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Historic Publishes OAGIS XML DTDs for Business Object Documents OASIS Forms Relationship with Open Applications Group, Inc.

Boston, MA. September 21, 1999.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, today announced that it has formed a strategic relationship with the Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGI). As part of the agreement, OASIS will make the OAGI XML Business Object Documents available on, the open, vendor-neutral industry portal hosted by OASIS. Further, the two organizations have agreed to exchange sponsor-level memberships, enabling each to contribute to the other's technical work.

"We are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the OAGI," observed Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "As Sponsor members of OASIS, the OAGI will bring a valuable perspective to our XML interoperability work. We are pleased to provide public access via to the Open Applications Group Integration Specification."

The Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS) is a model for business software application component interoperability. OAGIS defines a set of components, processes and interfaces for integrating many key enterprise business applications, including financials, manufacturing, human resources, supply chain and logistics both inside and outside the enterprise. The content of OAGIS has been made machine readable in the form of XML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) for all currently defined OAGI Business Object Documents. It is one of the largest collections of standardized XML DTDs in support of ERP applications in existence.

"The OAGI sees the enormous potential of XML for integrating business software, but there is a corollary need for industry wide distribution of XML schemas and DTDs," said David Connelly, president of the OAGI. "The OASIS focus on building a worldwide infrastructure for distributing XML schema and DTDs based on an open, vendor neutral platform addresses a very real need--that when satisfied will facilitate the coalescing of industry around standards-based XML implementations."

About OAGI

The Open Applications Group, Inc. ( advances industry awareness of issues and solutions regarding interoperability of software business components and strives to evolve those solutions into a best practices model while providing an impartial forum for all stakeholders in the industry to further improve the model and learn. OAGI membership includes American Software, Inc., CODA, Component Software, Computer Associates, CrossWorlds Software, DataChannel, DATEV eG, EnvisionIt, Extricity Software, Fortress Technologies, GloTech Solutions, IBM, Indus International, Integrated Systems & Services, J. D. Edwards & Company, Marcam Solutions, Inc., Microsoft, NEC Corporation, Oracle Corporation, PCS, PeopleSoft, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, PSDI, Inc., QAD, Inc., Robocom Systems Intl., SAP AG, Teklogix, TSI, Vitria and webMethods


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 operates (, the first global XML industry portal featuring the Registry and Repository that offers automated public access to XML schemas for electronic commerce, business-to-business transactions, and tools and application interoperability. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Chrystal Software, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet, Enigma, Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, Inso, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, Keyfile, Larson Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NIST, Object Design, POET Software, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, System Development, Wavo, Xerox, XyEnterprise and Zeh Graphics Systems.

About ( is a self-supporting community resource designed to provide a credible source of accurate, timely information about the application of XML in industrial and commercial settings. Hosted by OASIS, the world's leading independent organization for the standardization of XML applications in electronic commerce, serves as a reference for XML vocabularies, DTDs, schemas, and namespaces. Sponsors of include: DataChannel, Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Program Manager
Tel: +1.412.963.1479

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. For more on OAG, see "Open Applications Group."

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