Worldwide Debate on Open Data

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Worldwide Debate on Open Data Highlighted at XTech 2005
Presentation Topics Include Web Services, RSS, FOAF, OAI, Open Access,
and More;Special Focus on's Influence on Standards and
New Technologies
Alexandria, Va. - April 20, 2005 - The opportunities and challenges
of "open data" on the Web  will be the focus of a new educational
track at XTech 2005, the premier European conference for developers and
managers working with XML and Web technologies.  XTech 2005 (formerly
XML Europe) is being held 24-27 May, 2005, at the Amsterdam RAI Centre,
Amsterdam, Netherlands.
"The Web may have first been the battleground for open standards, but
it's now the battleground for open data," says Edd Dumbill, XTech
2005 conference chair. "The democratization of publishing through the
Web presents tremendous opportunities, which our new "Open Data" track
will cover in extensive detail."
In the presentation "Towards a Science Commons," the Executive Director
of Science Commons, John Wilbanks, will introduce Creative Commons'
project for sharing knowledge among scientists, universities, and
industries.  In "Open Street Maps and Spatial Data," Jo Walsh,
researcher with the co-author of "Mapping Hacks", will detail a project
to create copyright-free map data for the United Kingdom. will receive in-depth coverage in XTech 2005's
"Applications" track.  In "Using W3C XForms in Office
Applications," Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) Software Engineer
Daniel Vogelheim will explain how is introducing new
technologies into the workplace, while Sun Technical Architect Michael
Brauer will discuss the new OASIS OpenDocument format.
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XTech 2005 is being held in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on
Content Management.  For more information, visit .
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