OASIS Enlists XML in War Against Terror

The standards consortium is putting its XML expertise to use in the cause of national security.

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Thursday announced the formation of a new technical committee to develop a universal global framework aimed at helping law enforcement agencies share criminal and terrorist evidence.

In a move targeted at helping those agencies involved in the homeland defense effort, OASIS is putting its XML expertise to use for the cause of national security. The new technical committee is called the OASIS LegalXML Lawful Intercept XML (LI-XML) Technical Committee. OASIS officials said the consortium formed the new committee in response to mandates both in the United States and Europe.

Anthony Rutkowski, an executive with VeriSign Inc., has been named chair of the LI-XML technical committee. He said governments and Internet access providers alike would benefit from the LI-XML effort to generate a standard XML schema for sharing information about terrorists.

OASIS has existing technical committees involved in other public sector activities, such as e-Government, and a Tax XML and LegalXML initiative. OASIS officials said the LI-XML technical committee would work with the organizations LegalXML Electronic Court Filing and e-Government technical committees, among others.