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When asked to join the OAGIS modernization project (OAGIS 8), I leapt at the chance. Here were two renowned specifications just waiting to get acquainted: Open Applications Group's OAGIS, the solid, proven Integration Specification, an early XML application (1998) with a lot of miles on it W3C's XML Schema Recommendation (hereinafter "Schema"), a sophisticated new metamodeling chassis, ready to be road tested The outcome exceeded expectations: OAGIS's established and widely used family of horizontally focused, DTD-encoded interchange messages was updated, eliminating major usability issues inherent in a DTD-based implementation of this scale. At the same time, Schema enabled the horizontal OAGIS specification to employ an extensible architecture, OAGIS 8 Overlay Extensibility, to address the specific needs of vertical industries. Vertical market fit versus broad ho... (more)