France Telecom launched another startup led by group employees. Wokuup!, is a new startup that began at France Telecom R&D labs. The venture will market a unique multi-access server technology that enables dynamic publication of content on the Internet and other platforms (wireless handsets, personal digital assistants and TV, for example). Wokup! expects to see tremendous demand for this technology given continued booming growth in web-based services, coupled with the advent of Internet access via WAP handsets and PDAs. Wokup! is targeting its technology at web content providers, content aggregators, portals, hosting services providers, ISPs and telecom operators. Wokup! currently counts a team of 30 specialists in multi-access Internet content, with a strong focus on wireless Internet. Initial funding of the venture raised 30 million francs, with Galileo Partners, Guillemot Ventures and France Telecom’s Innovacom venture capital unit each taking equal shares. Other investors include business angels Marc Lassus, co-founder of Gemplus, and American Hubert Zimmermann, creator of Chorus Systems. The funds will be used to support international development with the creation of an export team and recruitment of local representatives to cover key markets. Wokup! Server is a multi-access server used to publish content on the Internet or other platforms. It dynamically recovers content from an existing website or database and translates it into another format without modifying the source site. Based on XML Wokup! it contains a navigation component for easy publishing of different content tailored to the type of access device. www.francetelecom.com
Informix Corporation announced the release and broad availability of Media360, a complete content management solution designed to help businesses manage all types of digital assets throughout the enterprise. Media360 addresses the growing need among Internet-driven organizations to digitize and manage video, audio, text and other valuable content. The enterprise-level technology efficiently manages any kind of content, anywhere and at anytime. To build the most complete and tightly integrated media asset management solution available today, Informix has partnered with system integrators, key technology partners and independent software vendors such as SUN (Media Central video server), EMC (Celerra Video Server), Integrated Software (desktop publishing integration), Microsoft (Windows Media Player), Sony (PetaSite storage), StorageTek (storage), Virage (video and audio cataloging) and Usoft (rights and royalty management). Unlike other solutions, Media360 is tightly integrated with an object-relational database, leading content creation tools, Web publishing, e-commerce and analytical solutions. Informix shares content with solutions from many key media technology partners, including Avid, Compaq, EMC, Associated Press/ENPS, MATE, MCI WorldCom, Omnibus, Optibase, Pro-Bel, Silicon Graphics, Sintec, Sony, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, Telemedia, Verity, Virage and Wam!Net. Media360 enables the re-use of existing content and media assets by creating a central, corporate repository that is accessible throughout an organization via the Web. It also capitalizes on the Web to create new revenue opportunities such as publishing, distributing, selling or licensing content in new markets. www.informix.com
OASIS announced public access to the first phase of the XML.ORG Registry (http://xml.org/registry), an open registry and repository for XML specifications and vocabularies.
Designed to foster collaboration and enhance communication within industries, the XML.ORG Registry provides the community with a resource for accessing the fast-growing body of XML specifications being developed for vertical industries and horizontal applications.
Committed to open industry standards, the XML.ORG Registry offers a vendor-neutral forum for developers and standards bodies to publicly submit, publish and exchange XML specifications and vocabularies. Operated as a non-commercial venture, the XML.ORG Registry is a self-supporting resource created by and for the community. Industry groups and other organizations that have developed XML specifications can freely register their work at the XML.ORG Registry.
The OASIS “no strings attached” submission policy ensures that developers receive the benefits and recognition they deserve while retaining all the rights to their work and control over its use.
From its inception, the XML.ORG Registry has been a consensus-based effort to ensure interoperability with existing and emerging XML initiatives. The XML.ORG Registry developers continue to work with the OASIS Registry & Repository Technical Committee to define a specification for a global network of repositories. This specification is intended to allow interoperable registries to be created for use within industry organizations, communities and corporations. Ultimately, the XML.ORG Registry will link to standards-compliant repositories as they become available, as well as provide resources on its own site.
The XML.ORG Registry was made possible by the donation of resources from Documentum, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, IBM and DataChannel and demonstrates their commitment to providing the community with an open, independent resource for publicly available XML specifications. Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel, Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, Mercator Software, Oracle Corporation, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems. www.oasis-open.org