Open Standards Forum 2008 - Security Challenges for the Information Society, 30 September - 1 October 2008, Ditton Manor, Near London

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CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, was founded in 1961 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and EFTA countries. Now CEN is contributing to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary technical standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes, and public procurement. CEN is a non-profit making technical organization set up under Belgian law.


Since 1987, eema has been Europe's leading independent, trade association for e-Business, working to further e-Business technology and legislation with its European members, governmental bodies, standards organisations and e-Business initiatives. eema was an acronym for 'European Electronic Messaging Association', but as the focus of both the association and our members changed, the full title was dropped, and the brand name has gained recognition for its work throughout Europe.

EPRACTICE.EU is an initiative of the European Commission. Designed as a web 2.0 community service, it is tailored to the needs of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners. ePractice members may exchange experiences and views, publish cases concerning their own projects and share news, events, publications, best practices and lessons learnt. Knowledge and expertise repositories can be found in the ePractice Library and News sections. Communication is built around ePractice Communities, where peers can meet either physically via workshops or virtually via blogs. Members are regularly kept up-to-date by the ePractice Newsletter subscription service, the eGovernment Factsheets for 34 European countries and the Events section. In addition, ePractice TV offers interviews and presentations on eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth.


Identity Commons is a community of groups working together on the creation of an open identity and relationship layer for the internet while encouraging the development of healthy, interoperable communities. This challenge is not just technical and so we cover the whole range of social, legal and technical issues that arise.


IT PRO is the destination for IT coverage in the UK, differentiating itself by allowing UK IT professionals to participate in the exchange if knowledge - not just reaching them but engaging them - providing practical solutions to guide them through the maze of IT investment. IT PRO provides users with the most comprehensive resource for IT news, reviews, advice and peer-to-peer information. IT PRO offers real IT solutions for real IT projects. Register at IT PRO today and you'll get exclusive member benefits including free white papers, downloads, webinars and weekly newsletters full of the latest IT PRO news, reviews, insight and expertise.


The vision of Liberty Alliance is to enable a networked world based on open standards where consumers, citizens, businesses and governments can more easily conduct online transactions while protecting the privacy and security of identity information. This world, where devices and identities of all kinds are linked by federation and protected by universal strong authentication, is being built today with Liberty’s open identity standards, business and deployment guidelines and best practices for managing privacy.


With almost 700 member companies in 72 countries, the TM Forum is the world’s leading trade consortium focused on enabling digital services. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the way that services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the majority of the world’s service providers, network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators. For further information regarding the TM Forum, related programs such as the Prosspero initiative and its Management World conferences, please visit

The Open Group is a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, whose vision of Boundaryless Information FlowT will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group is a consortium with a foundation in its members: a diverse group that spans all sectors of the IT community - IT customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators and consultants, as well as academia and researchers.


The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) is an open industry organization chartered to establish Best Practices for Web services interoperability, for selected groups of Web services standards, across platforms, operating systems and programming languages. WS-I comprises a diverse community of Web services leaders from a wide range of companies and standards development organizations (SDOs). WS-I committees and working groups create Profiles and supporting Testing Tools based on Best Practices for selected sets of Web services standards. The Profiles and Testing Tools are available for use by the Web Services community to aid in dedeveloping and deploying interoperable Web services. Companies interested in helping to establish Best Practices for Web Services are encouraged to join WS-I.


Organizations located all over the world and involved in many different fields join W3C to participate in a vendor-neutral forum for the creation of Web standards. W3C Members and a dedicated full-time staff of technical experts have earned W3C international recognition for its contributions to the Web. W3C Members (sample testimonials), staff, and Invited Experts work together to design technologies to ensure that the Web will continue to thrive in the future, accommodating the growing diversity of people, hardware, and software.