XML.org Introduces XML Specifications Catalog and Submissions Form
XML.org Expands As XML Information Clearinghouse
Industry Portal Adds New XML Schemas and Introduces XML Specifications Catalog and Submissions Form
Boston, MA. September 13, 1999.
OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, today announced major enhancements to XML.org, the open, vendor-neutral industry portal for XML. New XML schemas from DataChannel and the HR-XML Consortium have been submitted to XML.org. Other content upgrades include the addition of the XML.org Specifications Catalog (www.xml.org/xmlorg_catalog.htm), a comprehensive list of XML specifications currently under development including links for more information. The site also incorporates the XML.org Specification Submission Form to encourage and enable organizations to share their XML specifications with the community at large.
DataChannel's submission to XML.org is the Portal Markup Language (PML), which is designed to support inter-portal communication by providing an XML-based description of portal-related data and metadata. PML incorporates the basics of vocabularies such as Dublin Core, Directory Services Markup and WebDAV and will continue to closely track applicable standards of relevance to this arena.
"Submitting our schema to XML.org was a logical choice for us," said Norbert Mikula, CTO of DataChannel, which is an XML.org Affiliate sponsor. "With this specification we want to foster interoperability in the arena of XML-based Enterprise Information Portals."
The HR-XML Consortium submitted three XML schemas to XML.org, all designed to enable a new generation of web-based workforce management and recruiting services. Based on open, e-commerce models, this next generation workforce management and recruiting services promises to deliver employers greater ROI for the staffing expenditures, while giving HR and staffing vendors new opportunities for growth and profit.
The XML.org Specifications Catalog adds a much-needed dimension to the OASIS-hosted site. "Interest in XML is growing at such a phenomenal rate that many people are confused about the abundance of XML specifications in use or under development," explained Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "The XML.org Specifications Catalog will serve as a central resource of information on 'who's doing what' in XML. The Catalog is a precursor to the fully operational XML.org Registry & Repository, which will be launched in early 2000."
"XML.org is designed to be a self-supporting community resource that is vendor-neutral and accessible to everyone needing to make XML schemas and other standards-based XML specifications available to the world," said Bob Sutor (IBM), Chief Strategy Officer of OASIS and member of the XML.org Steering Committee. "The new content, including the XML.org Specifications Catalog and the Specification Submission Form, is an important step in meeting our goals."
OASIS (www.oasis-open.org) 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 XML.org (www.xml.org), the first global XML industry portal featuring the XML.org 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.
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Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.