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OASIS Opens Membership to Individuals

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, announced the restructuring of its membership requirements, expanding access to its XML interoperability technical work.

The non-profit consortium, which was previously open only to companies who use or provide products or services based on structured information standards such as XML, SGML and CGM, added new membership categories for individuals and associate XML industry groups.

OASIS membership levels now include Sponsors, Contributors, Individuals and Associates. Organizations participate in OASIS as either Sponsors or Contributors, based on the level of benefits they wish to receive. Sponsors, who take advantage of comprehensive technical and marketing benefits, support the consortium for 9500 USD annually. Contributors, who also benefit from OASIS marketing and technical work, pay 5,000 (companies with over ten employees) or 2,500 (companies with less than ten employees).

The new Individual Membership, at $250 per year, is offered to those who wish to participate in OASIS technical activities. Like all members, Individuals have the right to attend all OASIS general meetings, and they can fully participate in all working groups.

At this level, membership is on an individual basis and is not transferable to other individuals.

OASIS supports the development of XML specifications by offering an Associates Membership to individuals representing application or industry standards bodies. Associates, who pay $250 annually, are individuals appointed by an industry consortium or standards body (recognized as such by the OASIS Board of Directors) to represent the interests of that body in OASIS.

Representatives have the same rights and level of service as Individuals; the difference is that representation is transferable between individuals if the designated contact person for the represented organization gives notice. This allows continuity of participation by an organization even when it is necessary to change designated representatives.

Interested parties may apply for membership online here.