I have two public speaking engagements in Sydney this week at the Open Standards ‘07 Conference. This is a conference mainly concerned with data interchange standards to allow open systems, in particular XML of course: so sessions on HL7, UBL, EDI, this year with a good focus on government as well as business standards.
On Wednesday I have a half-day tutorial Office Document Standards which will be an under-the-hood look at OOXML and ODF.
And on Friday 2:30 I have a paper The Drive to Openness: Open Source, Open Standards, Open Systems, which looks at the drivers for openness and the connection with the need for transparency and better governance.
So if you are there, please feel free to have a chat!
Disclaimer: Open Standards is an event organized by Allette Systems, whom I consult for, in partnership with OASIS. Compared to many XML-related conferences, Open Standards is targeted away from publishing: a companion conference in August, Open Publish, specializes in those aspects.