OASIS OASIS has a moderate fee structure and a technical committee structure that is similar in many respects to the other bodies in this report. The group is the go-to organization for XML developments in vertical industries, providing specifications for describing and structuring data in XML format.The mailing lists for each of OASIS technical committees are separated into public and members-only categories, so it isnt always easy for those who cant pony up the membership fees to get the latest scoop on proceedings.Of the many areas in which OASIS works, IT managers should pay especially close attention to its work on SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), which became an OASIS standard last November. Like a standard proposed by the Web Services Interoperability Organizationa vendor-dominated bodyOASIS SAML is an attempt to remove some of the biggest hurdles to Web services implementation: a lack of security, interoperability and authorization/ authentication protocols. Despite OASIS restrictive mail lists, it is still possible to glean quite a bit of information from reports posted by the technical committees. And the industry-specific nature of the technical committees may make it easier to justify a budget line item for OASIS membership. Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant is at email@example.com.