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Big names for govt XML workshop

By   |  June 9, 2008

Updated With XML and open document standards in the spotlight the State IT agency e-documentation workgroup is to host a free worskshop on XML Standards in Government next week. The workshop, which is free and open to all, includes a number of experts in XML standards including Patrick Durusau, Rob Weir and Steve Pepper.

Organised by the e-Documention workgroup of the Presidential National Commission on the Information Society and Development (PNC/ISAD), the workshop is to be held at the Tshwane University of Technology from 17 to 20 June.

Participants will include representatives from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector. The South African Burea of Standards, which lodged the first official appeal against the ISO process to make Microsoft’s OOXML an international standard, will also be participating.

Microsoft South Africa, IBM, Sun Microsystems and the Meraka Institute are sponsors of the event and entry to all the workshop and tutorial sessions will be free to the public.

Patrick Durusau is the editor of OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 at OASIS, while Rob Weir is the co-chair of the OASIS ODF Technical Committe. Steve Pepper is represented Norway on ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34, the ISO subcommittee for document description languages, since 1995, and convened the Topic Maps Working Group since it was founded.

The four-day programme will include presentations on existing national projects using XML based standards, XML tutorials from some of the world’s leading national and international experts, and strategic workshop sessions on the development of South African XML standards for service delivery.

For more information contact Pumeza Ceza on or 0845898035.

UPDATE: The organisers of the XML Workshop have forwarded us this correction to the initial story: “This workshop is organised by the e-documentation workgroup not by SITA as stated in your online writeups, when I sent out the press release we did not say it was organised by SITA. This therefore is something that needs to be corrected. The public is now getting the idea that SITA is the main organiser for this workshop, which is not the case at all. SITA is part of the organising committee together with the Presidential National Commision, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Science and Technology and Tshwane University of Technology. This 5 therefore form the e-documentation workgroup.”


One Response to “Big names for govt XML workshop”

  1. Bob Jolliffe
    June 10th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    And there is a web link to:

    See you there.


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