2nd International News Standards Summit Announced

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IDEAlliance Hosts Second International News Standards Summit
Leaders in News Standards Development and Implementations to Meet in

Alexandria, Va. - March 28, 2005 - IDEAlliance, a leading trade
association dedicated to fostering XML and other information technology
standards, today announced that they are proud to host the second
international News Standards Summit to be held on May 24, 2005 in
conjunction with the IDEAlliance XTech 2005 Conference
http://www.xtech.org at the Amsterdam RAI Centre Netherlands.  The
Summit is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to open
standards development. Sponsors include G-SAM (http://www.g-sam.org /),
IDEAlliance (http://www.idealliance.org /), IFRA (http://www.ifra.com /),
and IPTC (http://www.iptc.org /).
The News Standards Summit will bring together major players--experts on
news metadata standards as well as commercial news providers, users,
and aggregators. As interest builds for standardizing news
dissemination, concern also grows that specifications are being
developed in isolation. How can the standards fit together? Where/how
will standards converge? How can the industry collaborate to identify
gaps and overlaps and ensure their systems will be able to interoperate
now and in the future? Together, participants will analyze the current
state and future expectations for news and publishing XML efforts from
both the content and processing model perspectives. The goal of the
summit is to increase understanding about the state of news standards,
to highlight standards-based implementation and to drive practical,
productive convergence.
The program will feature presentations from the key news standards
efforts balanced by an implementation status report from a panel of
international users. Dr. Miles Whitehead, Senior Technologist, Reuters,
will deliver the Keynote Presentation, "Everything You Always Wanted
to Know about Text but Were Afraid to Ask."  The day will conclude
with an open session where productive ideas for moving forward will be
proposed. Networking with others in the News Industry is a key
component of the Summit.  All program and registration information is
available at http://www.newssummit.org /.  Those who attend the summit
will be given a discount on registration for the XTech 2005 Conference.
(http://www.xtech-conference.org/2005/registration.asp ).

About G-SAM
G-SAM is a not for profit professional Trade Association, which exists
to promote the development and adoption of technologies to manage,
protect and create value from digital assets. The group promotes
integrated products and processes that support interoperability and
open standards that will drive adoption and user acceptance of digital
asset management (DAM) and related technologies with over 200 corporate
members worldwide. Principal Founding Members of G-SAM are Avid
Technology (NYSE: AVID), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Ascent Media (NYSE:L),
Artesia Technologies, Sony (NYSE: SNE) and WAM!NET, a division of
SAVVIS Communications (SVVS), Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), and Quark.
For more information, please visit http://www.gsam.org .

About IFRA
Ifra, the world's leading association for media publishing, is a
service organisation dedicated to the publishing industry worldwide.
More than 2000 publishing companies and suppliers to the publishing
industry are currently Ifra members.  Ifra is their forum to exchange
experiences and to learn from one another.  Ifra's name originates from
"INCA-FIEJ Research Association", whereby "INCA" stands for
"International Newspaper Colour Association" and "FIEJ" stands for
"Fédération Internationale des Editeurs de Journaux". Today the name
"Ifra" stands by itself.
About IPTC
The IPTC, International Press Telecommunications Council, based in
Windsor, England, is a consortium of the world's major news agencies,
news publishers and news industry vendors. It develops and maintains
technical standards that are used by virtually every major news
organization in the world.

About XTech
XTech is a key forum for the web, XML, and open standards worlds.
Formerly known as the XML Europe Conference, XTech has widened its
scope to incorporate neighboring technologies from the web and
business. As well as XML, XTech 2005 will cover web development,
browsers, open data, the semantic web and more.
About IDEAlliance
IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a
not-for-profit membership organization advancing user-driven,
cross-industry solutions for all publishing and content-related
processes by developing standards, fostering business alliances, and
identifying best practices. IDEAlliance has been a leader in
information technology - developing Document Markup Metalanguage
(GENCODE), sponsoring the development of Standard Generalized Markup
Language (SGML), and fostering eXtensible Markup Language (XML).
IDEAlliance builds on these languages to create specifications
including Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata
(PRISM), Digital Image Submission Criteria (DISC) and Information and
Content Exchange (ICE) that enhance efficiency and speed information in
all aspects of publishing and content-related processes. Learn more
about IDEAlliance at www.idealliance.org.

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