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OIOUBL and UBL 2.0

New Open Standard for Use in eBusiness is On the Way

Copenhagen, Denmark. September 18, 2006.

Today the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency submits a new open standard for eBusiness documents to public hearing. The standard aims to secure an easy exchange of eBusiness documents between the public and the private sector.

Ever since the law of electronic invoicing was put in to effect, the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency has experienced an increase in the demand for open standards that could be applied for the entire eBusiness process and not only be limited to the use of electronic invoicing.

As a consequence a new OIOUBL standard is introduced. The standard, which is both open and free to use, includes standards for all the essential documents in the entire eBusiness process.

"By 2012 it is required that all exchange between the public sector and the private sector could be carried out by means of IT and the use of open standards. In this regard the OIOBUL marks a significant step on the way.

As we stress to accommodate the demands and wishes from the public sector as well as the private sector we hope that the ongoing public hearing will be seen as an obvious occasion to make one's voice heard in this process" — Vice President in the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency, Marie Munk states.

The current hearing consists of eBusiness documents that support a basic process of purchase that minor enterprises and smaller public administrations are ex-pected to support. The hearing ends the 13th of October 2006.

The new standard is expected to be published by the 13th November 2006. During 2007 new eBusiness documents that support more advanced processes of purchase will follow.

From the 13th to the 17th November a major international conference on UBL will take place. The conference includes both a general symposium and more technical courses in the use of OIOUBL and UBL 2.0 which OIOUBL is founded upon. For further information about the hearing and other ongoing activities [see]


Helle Schade-Sørensen
Tel: 3337 9282

About UBL 2.0

Members of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) Technical Committee have announced a third Public Review Draft for Version 2.0 of the Universal Business Language (UBL). Edited by Jon Bosak, Tim McGrath, and G. Ken Holman, the specification defines a library of XML schemas for reusable data components such as 'Address,' 'Item,' and 'Payment' -- the common data elements of everyday business documents. It also provides set of XML schemas for common business documents such as 'Order,' 'Despatch Advice,' and 'Invoice' that are constructed from the UBL library components and can be used in generic procurement and transportation contexts. UBL is designed to provide a universally understood and recognized commercial syntax for legally binding business documents and to operate within a standard business framework such as ISO 15000 (ebXML) to provide a complete, standards-based infrastructure that can extend the benefits of existing EDI systems to businesses of all sizes. UBL is freely available to everyone without legal encumbrance or licensing fees. UBL schemas are modular, reusable, and extensible in XML-aware ways. As the first standard implementation of ebXML Core Components Technical Specification 2.01, the UBL Library is based on a conceptual model of information components known as Business Information Entities (BIEs). These components are assembled into specific document models such as Order and Invoice. These document assembly models are then transformed in accordance with UBL Naming and Design Rules into W3C XSD schema syntax. Comments are welcome through 6-October-2006.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "Universal Business Language (UBL)."

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