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Click on a consortium name to view a description of that consortium and to access links that will take you to its homepage, supported standards and (if available) its IPR policy.


eXtensible Name Service (XNS) Public Trust Organization (XNSORG)
Governed the eXtensible Name Service (XNS) protocol

Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12)
Develops standards for interindustry electronic interchange of business transactions and electronic data interchange

Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP)
Developed and promoted a facility for connecting messaging-dependent applications *Merged with OASIS International Open Standards Consortium in 2011

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Computer Graphics Metafile Open Consortium (CGM Open)
Develops and promotes interoperable standards for the exchange of graphical information

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DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)
Developed, maintained, and promoted the use of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)

Data Center Markup Language Organization (DCML)
Promotes and maintains the DCML specification

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
Develops and promotes the DDI specification and associated tools, education, and outreach programs

Digital Display Working Group, The (DDWG)
Developed industry specifications based on the interface between digital displays and high performance PCs *Inactive since 2001

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Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA)
Develops software standards for physical agents and agent-based systems

Free Standards Group (FSG)
Developed and promoted standards through the use of open source software *Merged with OSDL to form The Linux Foundation

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Develops and implements global data standards for the supply chain (United Kingdom)

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HR-XML Consortium (HR-XML)
Develops and promotes a standard suite of XML specifications

HyperTransport Technology Consortium
Promotes HyperTransport technology specifications

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Integration Consortium
Promoted and established guidelines for integration business practices

International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance)
Develops standards and promotes best practices for publishing and content-related processes

IPC-2581 Consortium
Promotes adoption of the IPC-2581, a design data transfer language

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Java Card Forum (JCF)
Promotes Java as the programming language for multiple-application smart cards

Java Community Process (JCP)
Develops and promotes the use of Java technology in various formats

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Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)
Develops language-related education, research and technology development by creating and sharing linguistic resources

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Develops and promotes open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards

Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organizations (MISMO)
Develops, promotes and maintains electronic commerce standards for the mortgage industry

Multicore Association
Promotes open specifications to enable multicore product development

Music Encoding Initiative (MEI)
Develops and promotes an XML-based schema for musical notation

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Develops and maintains an open protocol for sharing any URL with any service on the web

Open Applications Group (OAG)
Promotes best practices and standards for application integration

Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
Develops and promotes digital content interoperability standards

Open AXIS Group
Promotes XML as the optimal electronic messaging structure for airline system connectivity worldwide

Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP)
Promotes and supports the Open Core Protocol (OCP)

Open Data (OData) Protocol
Data access protocol developed to provide access to online data sources

Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI)
Supported an advanced SystemC as an open source standard for system-level design *Now Accellera Systems Initiative

OpenBel Consortium
Maintains the OpenBEL Biological Expression Language

OpenSPL Consortium
Promotes the use of OpenSPL, an open programming language for spatial computing

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
Promotes and develops standards based on XML, SGML, HTML and related structured information processing technologies

OStatus is an open standard for distributed status updates

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Develops and promotes supply chain communication standards for the paper and forest product industry

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Salmon Protocol
A message exchange protocol to decentralize commentary focused on public content

Salutation Consortium
Promoted interoperability standards among devices, applications and services across paper management, telephony and computing domains *Disbanded in June, 2005

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
An XML-based standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between security domains

Speech Applications Language Tags Forum (SALT Forum)
Developed standards to enable multimodal and telephonic access to diverse data and services

Promotes the interchange of sports data through the use of XML

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VoiceXML Forum
Promotes the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML)

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XBRL- (EXtensible Business Reporting Language) International
Develops an XML-based framework for the reporting of business information (XDI)
Develops the XRI Data Interchange (XDI)

XML Industry Portal (
Promotes information about the application of XML in industrial and commercial settings

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