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On April 15-18, the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley in CA will host the fourth annual OASIS Symposium. Entitled "eBusiness and Open Standards: Understanding the Facts, Fiction, and Future," the Symposium will draw an eclectic crowd of thought leaders, industry professionals and giddy geeks in the open source community.Outside the dull gray walls of their cubicles, lovers of code and info architects will compare notes, spark competition, create connections and explore the use of open standards as applicable to the needs of e-business and e-government. Bob Sutor, Open Source and Standards VP at IBM, will kick conference events off with a keynote. The myriad sessions are aimed at management and technical professionals. With that in mind, sessions will focus on applying current technologies, apps and services to the realm of business. A technical track for ITs, focused mainly on implementation and practical application of said current technologies, will be running as well. Topics are expected to run the gamut of SOA, Web services, business practices, enterprise content and identity management. Standards updates from SOA, SCA, e-business, DITA and ODF, among other industry leaders, will also be released and discussed. But the fun doesn't just end there. The OASIS Symposium is jam-packed with distractions to keep San Diego's base temptations (sunshine, water, etc) at bay. Be productive with your spare time: pre-conference tutorials and workshops on OpenDoc and WS-BPEL are also available. Visitors can register for these workshops separately from the Symposium, but they are available to Symposium attendees at no cost (do note: they last half a day each). Anne Thomas Manes of Burton Group will conduct the closing panel. At present, sponsors include a slew of important acronyms: BEA, IBM, EDS, SAP and Sun Microsystems. The Symposium is still seeking sponsors and exhibitors so get in contact with them quick if you want to get some mileage out of your brand this April. (A word of warning: if your company name is more than three letters, you may stick out.) To sponsor or exhibit, get in touch with Tanya Bosse at symposium2007 @ oasis-open . org to get registered. To learn more about the Symposium, find hotel information or sign up, hit the OASIS Symposium website. Founded in 1993, OASIS is a non-profit consortium that drives the international development, creation and adoption of e-business standards. It is entirely member-run and operates by industry consensus. It is the happy duty of OASIS to produce open standards for security, various Web services, e-business and standardization efforts in both public sectors and for application-specific fields. Over 5,000 participants worldwide make up the OASIS consortium. Of recent note, UBL 2.0 got the OASIS standards head-nod just last December.