EMC Corporation announced an advanced technology effort with Adobe Systems, Inc. to develop a standards-based interoperable content management infrastructure. The new infrastructure will combine EMC’s enterprise content management (ECM) platform and Adobe’s XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) technology to deliver a solution to maximize distributed information sharing and management. The collaboration will also support the emerging iECM (Interoperable Enterprise Content Management) standard. The iECM framework will address the growing need for a common integration layer between different enterprise content management systems and multiple business applications. It will include support for major industry standards such as SOAP, WSDL, BPEL, JCR (JSR-170) and others, organizing them in the context of content-rich application requirements. Adobe XMP is an extensible and customizable framework that leverages standard XML structures to facilitate distributed information sharing and management. Through Adobe XMP, metadata can be assigned to content earlier in the information lifecycle and prior to it being stored in the EMC Documentum repository. iECM (Interoperable Enterprise Content Management) is a standards-based framework, initiated by AIIM to address the growing need for a distributed enterprise content management architecture that facilitates content access across formerly disparate repositories. This is achieved through an integration layer that addresses content metadata standardization and includes a suite of web services that provide a common set of operations through which ECM solutions and enterprise applications can interoperate and manage content within a secure environment. In addition to those directly related to web services, the framework will also cover standards for semantic interoperability such as XML and XML Schema, RDF, OWL and Dublin Core. Additional information on this effort is available at http://www.aiim.org, http://www.emc.com