ig names submit XMI standard
By Randy Weston
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
November 12, 1998, 7:35 a.m. PT
A group of software vendors led by IBM, Oracle, and Unisys, want to make
it easier for development teams to work together
on the Internet.
Big Blue and gang this week presented a proposal to the Object
Management Group, an object technology standards body, to
make their XML Metadata Interchange Format specification, or XMI, the
standard method in which object data is exchanged
over the Internet.
"XMI provides the basis for collaboratively developing and standardizing
other information models," said Peter Thomas,
product manager for repository technologies at Oracle. "Data warehousing
is one example where a common warehouse model
based on XMI would result in major benefits for organizations."
The standard is for storing and sharing object programming, or chunks of
reusable code, and design information. It is meant to
allow development teams using different tools from multiple vendors to
share the objects and collaborate on applications.
But it isn't the only game in town. A slew of organizations have
submitted standard specifications to the OMG for use. Many
have since backed out, however, and the Big Blue, Oracle, Unisys
proposal is gaining momentum and backing.
Among the cosponsors and supporters are the Cooperative Research Center
for Distributed Technology (DSTC), Platinum
Technology, Fujitsu, Informatica, Boeing, and Daimler-Benz.
Rohit Khare -- UC Irvine -- 4K Associates -- +1-(626) 806-7574 http://www.ics.uci.edu/~rohit -- http://xent.ics.uci.edu/~FoRK