Progress and GemStone join ODBMS.ORG as Sponsors

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 7, 2006 – ODBMS.ORG, a non-profit group which publishes the Internet’s most up-to-date educational and research portal on object database technology, today announced two new members to the organization’s panel of industry sponsors:Progress Software, developers of ObjectStore, and GemStone Systems, makers of Facets and GemStone/S.

Progress and GemStone join founding sponsor db4objects and 75 academic and industry experts in leading the adoption of object database technology. Through the contributions of experts and sponsors, ODBMS.ORG publishes free educational and research information specifically written for developers working with object-oriented programming languages.

“Progress ObjectStore Enterprise has long been a leading ODBMS solution, and Progress is pleased to support the ODBMS.ORG Educational Program,” says Ken Rugg, Vice President, Data Management Products, Progress Software. “With the current resurgence in the use of object-oriented data management, particularly due to the increase in service-oriented business applications, the ODBMS.ORG portal will be a valuable resource for developers. Organizations who are looking to enhance application performance will find a wealth of information on object-oriented database use.”

“We are delighted that GemStone has become a sponsor of ODBMS.ORG”, explains Bob Walker, Director, Facets Technologies at GemStone Systems. “We feel that this portal is instrumental in creating a much needed increase in awareness of what Object Oriented Database technology has to offer in today’s computing environment.”

“The newest members to ODBMS.ORG contribute to making the portal a leading resource for object-oriented developers. With our members’ support, ODBMS.ORG provides best practices and use cases for implementing object databases in a range of environments – from embedded databases like db4o to the largest server-centric solutions,” explains Christof Wittig, CEO of db4objects and President of the non-profit ODBMS.ORG e.V. “Object databases have a solid place in today’s computer science curriculum and in the IT industry. It is important that developers understand where relational technology falls short and where an object-oriented persistence approach fosters competitiveness and good software design.”

Expert Panel Expanded

ODBMS.ORG’s expert panel has once again been expanded by three new members from academia and industry leaders:


In addition, current panel members have published recent papers including Dan Shusman’s “Oscillating Between Objects and Relational: The Impedance Mismatch” as well as Ouri Wolfson‘s “DOMINO Project: Moving Objects Databases” at University of Illinois at Chicago. The DOMINO project further underlines the growing importance of object databases as embeddable, mobile databases for distributed persistence tasks.

More Free ODBMS Software Made Available

One of ODBMS.ORG’s initiatives is to encourage vendors to providefree and/or open source software versions of their object database products. In response, GemStone Systems has provided a free 90 day evaluation copy of GemStone Facets 32 bit for Linux and is working on an even more extended offering for academic purposes. In addition, Intersystems has released a free, non-expiring, single-user version of its Caché post-relational database.

Supporting the trend in open source object databases, EyeDB recently became another open source solution.


ODBMS.ORG ( is a vendor-independent, not-for-profit educational program on object database technology and the integration between object-oriented programming and databases. Designed by Prof. Roberto Zicari of Frankfurt University, the program’s goal is to promote and further the use of object databases – by offering free resources for students, faculty and researchers at universities and research centers, as well as for JAVA and .NET developers in the commercial and the open source world. Content is provided by a panel of internationally recognized experts, who share research articles and teaching materials with the community via the organization’s Web portal.

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