The ODP.NET 220.127.116.11.00 installation includes the base Oracle9i Client Release 2 (18.104.22.168). To fully take advantage of ODP.NET's XML functionality, it is recommended you upgrade the server and client to Oracle9i Release 2 (22.214.171.124) or higher.
Oracle Data Provider for .NET 126.96.36.199.00
Oracle ODBC Driver 188.8.131.52.0
Oracle Provider for OLE DB 184.108.40.206.0
Oracle Objects for OLE 220.127.116.11.0
Oracle Services for Microsoft Transaction Server 18.104.22.168.0
Oracle has a very active research organization (Oracle Labs) that is charged to 'Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business'. One part of the organization is the External Research Office (ERO). The ERO is charged to ' ... invest in research collaborations that fit Oracle's long-term strategic goals. These collaborations are between university researchers and engineers/researchers throughout Oracle's various organizations'. The ERO webpage lists numerous current and past collaborations. Oracle provides funds and direct interactions with highly experienced developers.