|XML:DB Initiative for XML Databases|
Databases tailored for the storage of XML data represent an exciting
new opportunity for improvement in the storage and manipulation of
data and metadata. For a large set of applications an XML database
will often far surpass traditional data storage mechanisms in
convenience, ease of development and performance. The following list
contains a number of applications that are ideally suited for XML
- Corporate information portals
- Membership databases
- Product catalogs
- Parts databases
- Patient information tracking
- Business to business document exchange
Since XML databases represent a new technology there has been up to this
point no concerted effort to develop specifications specifically for the
market. This lack of specifications inevitably increases the learning curve
for employees, prevents product interoperability and ultimately slows
the adoption of the products in the market place. To address these
issues a decision was made to start the XML:DB initiative. It is our
hope that through the efforts of XML:DB that standards can be brought
to the XML database industry and that XML databases can make it into the
standard toolset used by IT departments worldwide.
The XML:DB Initiative's long term goals can be summarized as:
Development of technology specifications for managing the data
in XML Databases
Contribution of reference implementations of those specifications
under an Open Source License
Formation of a community where XML database vendors and users can
ask questions and exchange information to learn more about XML
database technology and applications.
Evangelism of XML database products and technologies to raise
the visibility of XML databases in the marketplace
|SODA Technologies Pty Ltd., Supports XML:DB|
|Cincom Systems, Inc. releases TOTAL XML 2.0 with XML:DB implementation|
April 11, 2003 - Cincom Systems, Inc. announced today that they
have released TOTAL XML 2.0 with an implementation of the XML:DB API. This
implementation includes the Core and Transaction APIs. TOTAL XML is a native XML
database management system and data integration server, supporting access to
relational, pre-relational and non-relational data. Please see
www.totalxml.net for more information.
|GemStone Systems, Inc. Joins XML:DB Initiative|
March 17, 2003 -
GemStone Systems, the
developer of the GemFire Suite, joined the XML:DB Initiative.
The GemFire Suite is used for data integration, grid computing, clustering,
Web Services, real time applications, and reference data solutions.
|XML:DB Lexus 0.3 released|
November 14, 2002 - The XUpdate Working Group is pleased
to announce the release of XML:DB Lexus 0.3. This release contains enhancements
for Namespaces. Additionally dependencies on third party tools were removed.
XML:DB Lexus now uses the XML:DB Common package which provides common interfaces
and implementations. See here for more
|Software AG releases XML:DB API implementation for Tamino|
September 30, 2002 - Software AG
is pleased to announce the availability of an XML:DB API implementation. The Tamino XML:DB API
is a Java implementation of the XML:DB API specification. The Tamino implementation meets all the
requirements for "Core Level 1" compliance. Please see
here for more details and download links.
|Who We Are|
XML:DB is an industry initiative formed by
the dbXML Group L.L.C and the
OpenHealth Care Group.
XML:DB is also
supported by a
of organizations with interest in XML and
XML databases. XML:DB provides a community for collaborative
development of specifications for XML databases and data manipulation
technologies. Along with each specification an open source reference
implementation will be developed to validate the ideas put forth in
the specification and to more rapidly drive acceptance of the
specification in real products.
The traditional steward for XML standards has been the World Wide Web
Consortium and they have done an outstanding job of getting XML to the
point of broad acceptance in the technology industry. XML databases
however, have much greater applicability then just the World Wide Web
and it is for this reason that we felt it was the appropriate time to
form a new organization chartered with the development of XML database
specific specifications. XML:DB does not at this time
consider itself a standards
body. Therefore, as it makes sense to do so we will submit our specifications to
an appropriate standards body for international standardization.
Membership in XML:DB is free and all interested parties are invited and
encouraged to participate. This participation can come in the form
of discussion on one of our mailing lists
or as a supporter of the XML:DB organization it self.
As always, we welcome and appreciate
your feedback so that we might serve