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XML Business Document Library Project (XBDL)

Date:      Fri, 21 Sep 2001 15:26:07 -0700
From:      Klaus-Dieter Naujok <>
To:        eBTWG List <>
Cc:        ebXML Development List <>, ebXML List <>
Subject:   XML Business Document Library Project Team

Dear eBTWG members,

The eBTWG Executives are happy to announce that the XML Business Document Library (XBDL) Project has been approved.

The eBTWG Executive does understand that the XBDL Project is in concept identical to the recently approved work of the OASIS UBL TC. After consultation with the CSG we agreed to proceed with the approval of our project. The reason is very simple, this work is not related to ebXML infrastructure work, but related to ebXML content and context work which is the agreed responsibility of UN/CEFACT. We are responding to our business user community in providing a migration path for established legacy EDI semantics and associated business process artifact dictionaries containing codes, elements and message semantics to a Standard Library of XML business grammatical components.

UN/CEFACT strongly supports the need for this standard library and believes that UN/CEFACT is the correct forum for this work to progress. The approved XBDL Project has been part of the UN/CEFACT work plan as it relates to the approved UN/CEFACT eBusiness vision, it is not a totally new item. CSG and eBTWG are aware that approving the XBDL Project results in two similar efforts. The dual efforts of UN/CEFACT and OASIS potentially complicate the development of a single standard library. We believe that XBDL is directly related to the work plan of UN/CEFACT; however, we understand the value that the UBL participants could add to the XBDL Project. We strongly encourage the UBL members to join our open, international effort to produce a true global dejure specification.

eBTWG is now initiating the "Call for participation and contribution" in order to ensure that all parties interested in participation and/or contributing to the project can do so. The call will end 5 October 2001.

If you wish to join the project team please visit the eBTWG Web Site for the details of the team as outlined in the approved Project Proposals (available under the Project Team Menu - The page should be available by Monday next week). To sign-up fill out the registration form on that page. You will be subscribed to the Project Teams E-mail List immediately.

If you wish to make a contribution to the project, forward an electronic copy to me. To satisfy UN/CEFACT's goal of openness, everyone that makes a contribution must agree to remove any IPR constraints or restrictions that might be associated with their contribution.

The project team is scheduled to have its first meeting as part of the eBTWG meeting, 8-12 October 2001 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Should you have any question feel free to contact me directly.



Proposal. eBTWG Project Proposal: XML Business Document Library (XBDL). First Draft.

Klaus-Dieter Naujok             UN/CEFACT/eBTWG & TMWG Chair
IONA Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, Chief Scientific Officer

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "UN/CEFACT XML Business Document Library Project (XBDL)"; (2) "CommerceNet and UN/CEFACT eBusiness Transition Working Group (eBTWG) Holds Inaugural Meeting"; (3) "Universal Business Language (UBL)."

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