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Peter Abrahams of analyzes the XML field in light of three recent events. He discusses recent standards and developments in this column.

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XML continues to be an active area as can be seen by three events this past week.

OASIS, the international standards organization, announced the election of three additional members to its Board of Directors. Frederick Hirsch of Nokia, Jeff Mischkinsky of Oracle, and Michael Weiner of IBM to provide business leadership to advance standards for Web services, e-business security, and other applications. They join existing directors from, the United Kingdom Office of e-Envoy, BEA, Intel, OASIS, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Laura Walker. The addition of these important companies and quality personnel must be a sign of the increasing importance of OASIS and standards in general.

And to prove the standards are beginning to work there was the OASIS Interoperability Demos Showcase, at XML 2003 in Philadelphia, of ebXML, SAML, UBL, WS-Reliability, and XACML.

Adobe, BEA, Citrix, Cyclone Commerce, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Korean National Computerization Agency (NCA), NEC, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Vignette, and others demonstrated there products interoperating in scenarios as varied as epidemic management, weather portal aggregation, supply chain operations, and messaging. Just taking one example we can see how the standards are beginning to fill out and work together to produce a solution that no one vendor could provide.

Demo #3: Epidemic Management Using OASIS ebXML, UBL and XACML

Adobe, Cyclone Commerce, NIST, Sun Microsytems, and others demonstrated an end-to-end data transmission process using OASIS Standards for ebXML Registry, ebXML Messaging, ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPP/A), ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS), Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), Universal Business Language (UBL), and eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML). In the demo, a public health care entity for disease control, uses a registry to manage epidemiological data. Laboratories, emergency rooms, and airports send periodic reports on persons that may be carrying communicable diseases to the registry. The reports are monitored by a scientist who electronically files a Communicable Disease form declaring the outbreak of an epidemic. Hospitals nationwide are electronically notified of the situation. At one such hospital, a software agent automatically follows a protocol specific to the disease and orders supplies needed for treatment. The demo concluded with the appropriate supplies being successfully delivered to the facility.

And finally the XML 2003 Cup was presented during the the XML Conference and Exposition 2003 to Adam Bosworth and Michael Sperberg-McQueen.

"Adam Bosworth and Michael Sperberg-McQueen have both been instrumental in making XML successful", said Lauren Wood, Chair of the XML 2003 Conference, who awarded the Cup. "They persuaded different communities to use XML, have thought deeply about potential problems and how to solve them, and have been an inspiration for many people."

I am looking forward to plenty more news about XML some of which will come out during XML Europe 2004 in April in Amsterdam.

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