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XML 2002 To Bring Industry and Standards Together

Leading IT organizations and consortia to participate and collaborate on XML
Conference and Exposition 2002 program

ALEXANDRIA, VA-OCTOBER 14, 2002-IDEAlliance, a leading trade association
dedicated to fostering XML and other information standards, announced today
that three of the leading promoters of Internet technologies, including
standards adoption and development, will co-host this year's XML Conference
and Exposition 2002. This year's event is being held December 8-13, in
Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center.

As the industry's leading conference and trade show dedicated to XML
technologies, XML 2002 will focus this year on "putting the pieces
together". This year's program will feature speakers and organizations that
are helping to shape the future of how XML is used by implementing current
technologies. XML 2002 is expected to attract more than 1,000 IT
professionals, including applications engineers, chief information officers,
directors of e-business, project managers and team leaders from Fortune 500
corporations as well as small businesses, government agencies and nonprofit

Today XML.gov and the CIO Council joined DISA, OASIS, and W3C as
organizations co-hosting XML 2002 to help to promote and foster these new
and emerging technologies. Their goal for the event is to educate attendees
on compelling industry issues and offer insights on how new innovations and
standards development can help to keep pace with rapidly changing global

*	DISA (The Data Interchange Standards Association) is home for the
Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and industry groups developing
e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and
organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of
e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support
to many affiliated organizations, www.disa.org.

*	OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the
development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards. OASIS
produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance,
business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and
interoperability within and between marketplaces. Additional information can
be found at www.oasis-open.org.

*	The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee
in 1994 to ensure that the evolution of the Web architecture would be
consistent with its genesis - as an open, interoperable, extensible system.
W3C is the place where HTML  and StyleSheet technologies evolve; it is also
where XML was born, and continues to develop. Over 44 W3C Recommendations
have been published covering essential Web technologies for Privacy,
Graphics, Metadata, Web Services; Web Accessibility; Voice Browsing and
Multimodal Interaction. W3C is also the development center for Quality
Assurance work and the development of test suites, validators, and a range
of free software available for public use. For more information see
http://www.w3.org/. </>

*	The Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council was established by
Executive Order 13011, Federal Information Technology, on July 16, 1996. A
charter for the Council was adopted on February 20, 1997. The CIO Council
serves as the principal interagency forum for improving practices in the
design, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of Federal Government
agency information resources. The Council's role includes developing
recommendations for information technology management policies, procedures,
and standards; identifying opportunities to share information resources; and
assessing and addressing the needs of the Federal Government's IT workforce.
See http://www.cio.gov

*	XML.gov's purpose is to facilitate the efficient and effective use
of XML through cooperative efforts among government agencies, including
partnerships with commercial and industrial organizations. See

"The XML 2002 program delivers practical information on the Web services and
e-business standards that are shaping the industry. Attendees will gain
greater understanding about ebXML, UBL, and UDDI, from the people who are
developing and implementing these standards," remarked Karl Best, director
of technical operations for OASIS, which has co-hosted the conference for
the last nine years. "Many OASIS technical committees will be meeting during
the event, so it's a great opportunity not only to learn about standards but
also to get involved in developing them."

"Conferences are all about bringing people together, so they can discuss the
latest in technology, ways of implementing systems, and what products meet
which needs", said Lauren Wood, Chair of this year's XML Conference. "Much
of what will be talked about at XML 2002 comes from the work being done in
the standards organizations that are co-hosting the conference, and XML 2002
is an opportunity for people to see that work in a larger context. Putting
the pieces together involves standards as well as the technology that
implements those standards and we're glad that the conference, with the help
of our co-hosts, can act as a meeting place for those designing, those
implementing, and those using these standards."

XML Conference and Exposition 2002 is the latest in the XML conference
series, the largest and longest-running annual gathering of XML users and
developers in the world. Participants in XML 2002 can take advantage of a
variety of learning formats, including technical sessions, keynote
addresses, plenary sessions, informal business receptions, discussion groups
and social events. This year's event offers attendees its most comprehensive
and focused program to date, with more than 100 sessions given by
professionals from around the globe.

The Exposition will feature more than 50 providers of XML-based products and
services offering hands-on demonstrations and displays December 10 through
12. Attendees will have the opportunity to see in-depth demonstrations of
the newest products and technologies. Several new product announcements are
expected to be made at the show. In addition, a new technology arena will
showcase pre-released software innovations. Free admission to the exhibits
is available through November 22.

Participants can register and find the full schedule of events for XML
Conference and Exposition 2002 at www.xmlconference.org.  Special discounts
are available to academics and members of organizations affiliated with

About IDEAlliance

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit
membership organization. Its mission is to advance user-driven,
cross-industry solutions for all publishing and content-related processes by
developing standards, fostering business alliances, and identifying best
practices. IDEAlliance has been a leader in information technology since
1966 (founded as Graphic Communications Association) having fostered the
development and adoption of standards such as ADIS, GRACoL, ICE, JIFFI,
Mail.dat, papiNet, PRISM, PROSE XML, SPACE XML, SGML, and XML. Learn more
about IDEAlliance at www.idealliance.org.

Marion L. Elledge
(founded in 1966 as the Graphic Communications Association)
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703/837-1093
Fax: 703/837-1072
email: melledge@idealliance.org

Check out IDEAlliance's upcoming events! 

XML and Publishing Conference (in conjunction with Seybold SF), September
9-10, 2002, San Francisco, CA

Spectrum 2002, September 22-25, 2002, Scottsdale, AZ

XML Conference and Exposition 2002, December 8-13, 2002, Baltimore, MD, USA

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