ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 N0265


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TITLE: Request for JTC 1 Approval of Category A Liaison Between the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and JTC 1/SC 34
ACTION: This document is submitted to the JTC 1 Members for a 3-month review period to grant approval of Category A Liaison status.
DATE: 24 October 2001
DISTRIBUTION: JTC 1 Secretariat, SC34 and Liaisons
REPLY TO: Dr. James David Mason
(ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 Chairman)
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Ms. Sara Hafele, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Secretariat
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24 October 2001

JTC 1/SC 34 N 265


Dear JTC 1 Members,

OASIS hereby applies for a Category A liaison membership with ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34.

The primary contact for the OASIS membership is Karl Best, Director of Technical Operations ([email protected]), and the secondary contact is Patrick Gannon, CEO ([email protected]). The PR contact (if necessary) is Carol Geyer, Director of Communications ([email protected]).

OASIS' goal in requesting membership in JTC1 SC34 is to enable representatives of OASIS Technical Committees (TCs) to participate in SC34 technical activities in order to further collaborative and coordinated technical work between SC34 and the OASIS TC.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, is an international member consortium whose purpose is to promote the use of XML and related structured information standards through the creation of interoperability specifications. Our 200+ member organizations include vendors, service providers, and users of structured information technologies. OASIS was formed in 1993 as SGML  Open for the purpose of promoting the use of SGML technologies, and was renamed in 1998 to recognize the consortium's expanded mission of promoting the use of XML and other related structured information standards.

The focus of OASIS member activities is the creation and implementation of XML-based interoperability standards. For this purpose OASIS has created a Technical Committee policy ( and an Intellectual Property Rights policy ( The OASIS technical agenda is set by our members; i.e. we pursue the technical work brought to us by our members, and the guiding principles of our technical work are openness, democracy, and accountability. Further information about OASIS may be found at our web site,

OASIS currently has ~20 TCs working on a variety of topics including e-business, security, web services, interoperability, etc. A number of these TCs have direct applicability to SC34, including TopicMaps and RELAX-NG. A list of current OASIS TCs may be found at