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   Worldwide Debate on Open Data Highlighted at XTech 2005

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Worldwide Debate on Open Data Highlighted at XTech 2005

Presentation Topics Include Web Services, RSS, FOAF, OAI, Open Access, and More; Special Focus on OpenOffice.org's Influence on Standards and New Technologies

Alexandria, Va. - April 20, 2005 - The opportunities and challenges of "open data" on the Web  will be the focus of a new educational track at XTech 2005, the premier European conference for developers and managers working with XML and Web technologies.  XTech 2005 (formerly XML Europe) is being held 24-27 May, 2005, at the Amsterdam RAI Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"The Web may have first been the battleground for open standards, but it's now the battleground for open data," says Edd Dumbill, XTech 2005 conference chair. "The democratization of publishing through the Web presents tremendous opportunities, which our new "Open Data" track will cover in extensive detail."

In the presentation "Towards a Science Commons," the Executive Director of Science Commons, John Wilbanks, will introduce Creative Commons' project for sharing knowledge among scientists, universities, and industries.  In "Open Street Maps and Spatial Data," Jo Walsh, researcher with the co-author of "Mapping Hacks", will detail a project to create copyright-free map data for the United Kingdom.

OpenOffice.org will receive in-depth coverage in XTech 2005's "Applications" track.  In "Using W3C XForms in Office Applications," Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) Software Engineer Daniel Vogelheim will explain how OpenOffice.org is introducing new technologies into the workplace, while Sun Technical Architect Michael Brauer will discuss the new OASIS OpenDocument format. 

For information on presentations, sponsorships, exhibiting and other marketing opportunities, visit http://www.xtech-conference.org.  For general information and to register to attend, visit http://www.xtech-conference.org/2005/registration.asp.

XTech 2005 is being held in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management.  For more information, visit http://home.lighthouseseminars.com/lighthouse/Amsterdam2005/gcsf.html.

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. Founded in 1966 as the Graphic Communications Association, IDEAlliance has been a leader in information technology - developing Document Markup Metalanguage (GENCODE), sponsoring the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), and fostering eXtensible Markup Language (XML). IDEAlliance builds on these languages to create specifications that enhance efficiency and speed information in all aspects of publishing and content-related processes. Learn more about IDEAlliance at www.idealliance.org.





Marion L. Elledge

VP, Information Technologies Programs

IDEAlliance http://www.idealliance.org


Watch for upcoming events:


XTECH 2005 - 24-27 May - Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://www.xtech.org


Extreme 2005 - August 1-5 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada http://www.extrememarkup.com


XML 2005 - November 14-18 - Atlanta, Georgia http://www.xmlconference.org



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