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
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.