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DataChannel Joins OASIS, the UN in Support of ebXML

DataChannel will join the United Nations Center for the Facilitation of Procedures and Practices for Administration, Commerce and Transport (CEFACT) and the OASIS consortium in its support of the Electronic Business XML (ebXML) initiative.

EbXML is an open, vendor-neutral initiative with the goal of establishing a common, cross-industry technical and semantic framework worldwide. This framework will enable XML to be used in a consistent and uniform manner for the exchange of all electronic business data in application-to-application, application-to-person and person-to-application environments.

More than 50 organizations are participating in the ebXML initiative through the OASIS consortium. Vaunted participants include IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Sun Microsystems (SUNW).

The 18-month ebXML project was launched in September, and its first meeting was held last month. When complete, the results of the ebXML Working Group will be placed in the public domain on XML.org.

DataChannel is a privately-held company that provides open-standards-based Internet solutions through its products, services and partners. Its products include EIP Solutions Framework, which provides e-business-strategy-building blocks, and DataChannel Server 4.0, an XML-based portal server that provides a secure e-business interface that can be personalized.

EIP Solutions Framework's foundation is its XML backbone. This extends an established infrastructure by using XML to expose all enterprise information, and thus enabling it to be accessed in a uniform manner to build dynamic Web-based applications.

CEFACT is the United Nations body responsible for worldwide policy and technical development in trade facilitation and e-business. The organization strongly supports the development and implementation of open, interoperable global standards and specifications for e-business.

OASIS is a nonprofit, international consortium whose sole focus is product-independent data and content interchange. With a focus on product interoperability, OASIS embraces a variety of structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM.