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eBTWG Inaugural Meeting

eBTWG Announces Inaugural Meeting to Advance ebXML Development

CommerceNet and eBTWG Issue Agenda for Inaugural Meeting

Cupertino, CA, USA. September 6, 2001. On October 8-12 the eBusiness Transition Working Group (eBTWG) and CommerceNet will kick off eBTWG's inaugural meeting in San Francisco. During its initial five-day meeting, eBTWG will continue UN/CEFACT and OASIS' efforts to further the development of XML standards for electronic business.

The newly formed group's first order of business has been pinpointing the specific work necessary to advance ebXML development as related to Business Processes, Core Components and eBusiness Architecture. For the opening meeting, eBTWG has identified three working project teams. In the coming weeks, more project teams will be added to the October agenda.

The first three project teams will focus on core areas of ebXML development. The project teams include:

  • The Core Components Specifications Project Team, which is charged with producing a consolidated ebXML Core Components Technical Specification that incorporates the material in the ebXML Discovery and Analysis, Naming Convention and Context technical reports.

  • The Business Collaboration Patterns and Monitored Commitments Specification, which will be responsible for defining and showing through example, what businesses can reasonably expect and what the underlying technology must support within a fully compliant ebXML business relationship.

  • The eBusiness Architecture Specification, which will ensure that electronic business initiatives are technically and practically implementable and that the eBusiness architecture meets the requirements of businesses on a global scale.

With the creation of eBTWG, UN/CEFACT is ready to step up to its commitment to continue with its responsibility to deliver the eBusiness solution that will allow any business of any size to engage with anyone else on this planet, eBTWG's project teams will work on the content related aspects that insure interoperability at the information and process level.

"I am very impressed by the response to the call for participation and contributions and am looking forward to the first eBTWG meeting in San Francisco," says eBTWG's Chair, Klaus-Dieter Naujok. He adds, "I am extremely happy that CommerceNet has made a donation-in-kind by not only hosting this meeting but also by providing administrative and logistic support to this effort and therefore providing an environment that will be very productive."

As host of eBTWG's inaugural meeting, CommerceNet plays an active role in developing ebXML and creating standards for eBusiness. "The CommerceNet Consortium has a long history of aiding the adoption of eCommerce standards," says Mark Resch, President and CEO of CommerceNet. "We are pleased to support eBTWG and its vital work on this important standard."

eBTWG's first meeting will be held at The Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel, October 8-12. Attendance fee is $200. To register for the meeting, go to

For the agenda or more information about how to participate in eBTWG, please visit

About CommerceNet

CommerceNet is a global, not-for-profit organization of leading business, government, technology, and academic minds working together on the advancement of eCommerce worldwide. As guided by its partners and sponsors, CommerceNet focuses on six initiative areas: Evolving Supply Chains; Next Generation Internet; Security and Internet Payment; Government, Public Policy and Advocacy; CommerceNet Investment Initiatives; and Pervasive and Wireless Internet Access. In these areas CommerceNet is developing important new technologies and practices that will chart the course for the way companies conduct business.

About eBTWG

The eBusiness Transition Ad-Hoc Working was created by UN/CEFACT Steering Group in July 2001 for the purpose of continuing the UN/CEFACT's role in pioneering the development of XML standards for electronic business. The group was formed to build on the success of the earlier ebXML Joint Initiative between UN/CEFACT and OASIS.

Further Information

Malissa McLeod
Marketing, CommerceNet
408-446-1260 ext. 215

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See (1) the news item and (2) the EWG/X12 effort, "Joint UN/EDIFACT and ASC X12 Core Component Development Initiative."

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