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Information Methodologies Announces Broad Support for ePortfolio Interoperability Specification

Herndon, Virginia, January 30, 2003 — Information Methodologies, Inc. (imi), (www.infometh.com) today announced its broad support for the ePortfolio Interoperability XML (EPIX) specification. The EPIX specification, released by ePortfolio provider ePortaro, Inc. (www.eportaro.com) was designed to allow disparate ePortfolio systems to speak a common language for discovery, integration, and synchronization without regard to implementation specific technology choices.

ePortfolios represent a new class of application that automate the functionality of personal information portfolios that are stored and accessed electronically using the Internet.
imi 's ePortfolio practice, in addition to being the preferred implementation partner for ePortaro's portfolio solution (Folio by ePortaro), designs and implements custom ePortfolio solutions for its higher education clients.

The EPIX Specification is designed to leverage open Internet standards, including XML, SOAP, and HTTP to standardize the development of open ePortfolio system interfaces as well as to provide a roadmap for ePortfolio providers to build open, interoperable, standards-based applications.
imi's implementation methodology, implementation toolkit, and integration utilities will be modified to fully support the protocols and standards specified by EPIX.

"We are pleased to see aggressive development, support, and adoption of open standards in the ePortfolio segment," said Marie Wai Cadden,
imi Executive Vice President. "EPIX will help us solve real-world integration and ePortfolio transportability problems that our clients are facing right now."

"Having
imi adopt the EPIX specification and contribute to the ongoing development of ePortfolio standards is a positive endorsement of the approach. We are excited to have imi's support and participation," said Joe Chalmers, ePortaro President.

The EPIX Specification may be downloaded at www.eportaro.com and at www.epixspec.org.

About imi

Information Methodologies, Inc., higher education's leading enterprise web integrators, provides advanced technology services and IT organizational development services to public sector clients.
imi's portfolio of offerings, including strategic technology planning, e-commerce services, advanced software architectures, and web-based application development & implementation, allows clients to succeed at planning, managing, and completing strategic enterprise web integration projects.

imi provides consulting services nationwide to clients in the public sector, including the federal government and institutions of higher education. imi is a minority- and woman-owned business. More information may be found at www.infometh.com.

About ePortaro

ePortaro, Inc. gives organizations and individuals the ability to organize diverse artifacts, events, data, and efforts, and to present and share them collaboratively over the Internet. Folio by ePortaro supports the collection, reflection, and assessment of an individual's efforts in both standard-based and ad-hoc formats. More information can be found at www.eportaro.com.