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OASIS Registry and Repository

OASIS Forms Registry & Repository Committee for XML

Non-Profit Consortium Plans to Develop a Specification for Storage and Distribution of XML Entities

SAN JOSE, California, March 16, 1999.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, has formed an XML Registry and Repository Technical Committee for XML-related entities such as schemas relevant to the growing field of e-commerce, business-to-business transactions and tools and application interoperability.

The new committee will actively investigate technology for registering XML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and related materials and make them available for search by developers and users. It will also research technology for serving DTDs on-demand. OASIS intends to develop specifications to support these functions and to implement a trial service, with a target date of Fall 1999.

"As more and more DTDs (and other schemas) for XML are being developed, the market clearly demands a place to store, categorize, locate and distribute entities that are essential for next generation data interchange. OASIS does not intend to be the one and only provider in this area, but rather the consortium hopes to define a profile that enables interoperability between such services," explained Terry Allen, (Commerce One), chairperson of the OASIS XML Registry and Repository Technical Committee. "We encourage interested industry members to join in this effort to make XML on the Web in real time a success."

According to Allen, the goal of the OASIS XML Registry and Repository Technical Committee is to prevent XML developers from "reinventing the wheel," by facilitating discovery of XML DTDs available for use and reuse. OASIS also desires to assist users of XML -- both those serving XML documents and those receiving them -- by developing interoperable mechanisms for rapid resolution of pointers to XML DTDs and similar objects. These are essential requirements for the success of XML on the Web.

"OASIS has a long record of providing standards and services that ensure interoperability in the world of structured formats such as XML and SGML," said Norbert Mikula, (DataChannel), Chief Technology Officer of OASIS. "Providing a service for registration and certification of schemas and other shared components are logical next steps that we hope will further promote the adoption of XML and its related standards."

Details on the work of the OASIS XML Registry and Repository Technical Committee will be made available publicly as specifications are developed via the consortium website,

The OASIS Registry and Repository Technical Committee consists of participants from companies such as: Commerce One, Enigma, Ericsson, IBM, Mulberry Technologies, Sun Microsystems and Sorman.

OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, AND-USA, Arbortext, Chrystal Software, Database Publishing Systems, DataChannel, Document Management Solutions Inc, Enigma, Folio, Graphic Communications Association, Inso, Interleaf, ISOGEN, Poet Software, Reed Technology, SoftQuad, Software AG, Sörman Information, STEP, Sun Microsystems, Thomson and XyEnterprise.


Carol Geyer
Tel: +1 412/963-1479

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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