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Expanded name

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards

Date of establishment

Formed in 1993 as SGML Open: the name was changed to OASIS in 1998.

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OASIS is a non-profit, international consortium. The mission of OASIS is to promote and encourage the use of structured information standards such as XML, SGML and CGM. An important part of this mission is the development of vertical industry applications, conformance tests, interoperability specifications, etc, that make those core standards useable. OASIS does not compete with, but rather builds upon and supplements, the work done by standards bodies such as W3C (for XML) or ISO (for SGML).

Areas of Activity

OASIS technical work generally falls into one of the following categories:

  • Vertical industry applications
  • Horizontal and e-business framework
  • Interoperability
  • Conformance testing.

The OASIS Technical Committees [external] include:

OASIS is also heavily involved in the following organizations:

  • CGM Open [external] for Computer Graphics Metafile applications.
  • ebXML [external] . OASIS and UN/CEFACT have jointly formed e-Business Transition Ad hoc Working Group (eBTWG) to facilitate the completion of the activities related to the ebXML Business Process and Core Components projects.
  • XML Cover Pages [external] , for a reference collection that features extensive documentation on the application of the open, interoperable "markup language" standards.
  • [external] , for a portal providing public access to XML information and XML Schemas.


Membership consists of close to 200 Sponsors, Contributors and Liaisons. In addition to these organizations, OASIS also has a large constituency of Individual members.

OpenDocument (ODF)