The OASIS standards consortium has announced the formation of a new technical committee to develop a universal global framework for supporting rapid discovery and sharing of suspected criminal and terrorist evidence by law enforcement agencies. The OASIS LegalXML Lawful Intercept XML (LI-XML) Technical Committee was formed to meet needs emerging from several national and intergovernmental mandates around the world, including the recently passed United States Homeland Security Information Sharing Act of 2002, the new Lawful Intercept additional protocol of the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, and eGovernment mandates in Europe and the United States. As part of the OASIS LegalXML Member Section, the LI-XML specification will be designed to support an end-to-end legal process where law enforcement, justice, and security agencies are the principal beneficiaries. LI-XML Technical Committee members plan to work closely with related OASIS efforts including the LegalXML Electronic Court Filing and OASIS eGovernment Technical Committees. Participation in the OASIS LegalXML LI-XML Technical Committee remains open to all organizations and individuals. OASIS will host an open mail list for public comment, and completed work will be available to the public without licensing or other fees.
OASIS has also announced the first in a series of XML.org Focus Areas to provide domain-specific content on XML standards. XML.org Focus Areas for Insurance, Human Resources, and Printing & Publishing are now publicly available, and new XML.org Focus Areas for other vertical and horizontal industries will be introduced periodically. Each XML.org Focus Area covers news, standards and initiatives, vendors, consortia, trade associations, government agencies and implementers, events, and resources germane to a specific domain. Through XML.org, OASIS partners with experts in each Focus Area to provide content and editorial guidance. The XML.org Focus Area on Insurance has been developed in conjunction with ACORD, a nonprofit association that facilitates the development and use of standards for the insurance, reinsurance, and related financial services industries. The XML.org Focus Area on Human Resources has been developed in cooperation with the HR-XML Consortium, a non-profit organization that develops and promotes XML specifications to enable ebusiness and the automation of human resources-related data exchanges. The XML.org Focus Area on Printing & Publishing has been developed in cooperation with IDEAlliance (founded as Graphic Communications Association), a membership organization that advances user-driven, cross-industry solutions for all publishing and content-related processes. XML.org Focus Areas will also serve as access-points to related information on the OASIS-hosted Cover Pages. Future XML.org Focus Areas will include Financial Services, Defense Logistics, Education, Tax/Accounting, EGovernment, Security, Retail, Localization & Globalization, and EMarketplaces. XML.org is sponsored by BEA Systems, Global Exchange Services, ISOGEN International, and SAP.
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