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XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) Up for Vote

The OMG Initiates Votes on 5 New Technologies

XMI and Air Traffic Control Specifications Top the List of Technology Adoptions

FRAMINGHAM, MA. January 26, 1999.

The Object Management Group recently concluded its Technical Meeting week, which was sponsored by Concept Five Technologies in Washington, D.C. Almost 600 OMG members met to work on some 90 technologies in process. The 5-day meetings are intended to provide a forum for the OMG members and their guests to meet and discuss new technologies that build on existing Object Management Architecture specifications such as CORBA and UML.

Over the next five weeks, authorized OMG members will vote on various technologies presented to the Platform and Domain Technical Committees. All of the technologies presented for vote are expected to pass, and will be presented to the OMG's Board of Directors at the group's March meeting for final approval. Once approved, each will become an official OMG specification. For a complete list of technologies that have been formally adopted by the OMG, see

The spectrum of technologies discussed during the meeting week reflects a growing interest in vertical (or domain) market technologies, which apply directly to the use of CORBA within specific vertical industries such as telecom, transportation, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, life sciences and utilities.

The Domain Technology Committee (DTC) Work

The Domain Technology Committee is responsible for developing specifications for technologies that are specific to vertical markets. This committee voted to issue 6 Requests for Information (RFIs) and 2 requests for new technology (RFPs): a Data Acquisition from Industrial Systems RFP and an Electronic Commerce Public Key Interface RFP.

The Domain Technologies Adoption votes initiated include a Telecom Log Service Submission that will facilitate data collection in a log service, to be used in both CORBA-based or mixed CORBA/Telecommunications Network Management environments, to generate bills, help detect fraud, correlate alarms and detect usage trends. Voting was also initiated on the OMG's first transportation specification, a Display Manager for Air Traffic Control.

The Display Manager for Air Traffic Control is OMG's first step towards a complete component architecture for ATC systems. This will enable new innovations in air traffic control algorithms (i.e., for traffic flow management) to be quickly incorporated and systems rapidly upgraded. An additional benefit of using commercial, off-the-shelf software for ATC rather than custom implementations is the ability of large-volume users to promptly refresh their software systems, without the exorbitant fees associated with custom-built software.

Platform Technology Committee (PTC) Work

The PTC, which is responsible for technologies that directly correlate to the core CORBA specification, voted to issue 3 requests for proposed new technologies (RFPs). These include a Lisp Mapping RFP, a Common Secure Interoperability version 2 RFP, and an Enhanced View of Time RFP.

The Platform Technology Adoption votes initiated include a revision to the existing OMG specification for CORBA Security, an Interoperable Naming Service that provides a common methodology for supporting naming conventions from multiple vendors, including Internet names, and an XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) specification that enhances a standard methodology for exchanging object-oriented programming data over the Internet.

Complete descriptions, schedules and copies of all Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information in the OMG process are available via the OMG Web site, Copies of this document may be downloaded from

About OMG

With the support of its membership of software vendors, software developers and end users, OMG's CORBA is "The Middleware That's Everywhere." Since 1989, OMG has been "Setting The Standards For Distributed Computing" through its mission to promote the theory and practice of object technology for the development of distributed computing systems. The goal is to provide a common architectural framework for object oriented applications based on widely available interface specifications. OMG is headquartered in Framingham, MA, USA and has international marketing offices in Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Japan and the UK, along with a government representative in Washington, DC. Additionally, OMG is a sponsor of the COMDEX Enterprise series of Trade Shows and Conferences.

For information on joining OMG or additional information, please contact OMG headquarters by phone at +1-508-820 4300, by fax at +1-508-820 4303, or by email at OMG provides current information and services for Distributed Object Computing through The Information Brokerage on the World Wide Web at:

Note to editors: CORBA, The Information Brokerage, CORBA Academy, UML and the Object Management Group logo are registered trademarks of the Object Management Group. OMG, Object Management Group, The CORBA Logo, ORB, Object Request Broker, The CORBA Academy Design, IIOP, OMG Interface Definition Language (IDL), CORBAservices, CORBAfacilities, CORBAmed, CORBAnet and Unified Modeling Language are trademarks of the Object Management Group. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.


The Object Management Group
Cheryl Rocheleau
Tel: +1 (508) 820-4300

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. For information on XMI, see "Object Management Group (OMG) and XML Metadata Interchange Format (XMI)."

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