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Electronic Procurement Standardization TC

OASIS TC Call For Participation: Electronic Procurement

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 13:12:55 -0500
From:      Karl Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call For Participation: Electronic Procurement

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Electronic Procurement Standardization (EPS) Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Terri Tracey, Institute for Supply Management; Rick Grimm, National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP); Michelle Sisler, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO); Karen Cox, RosettaNet; and Michael Hoggard, Individual Member.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a member of the TC are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the TC.

For OASIS members, to sign up for the TC using the new OASIS collaborative tools, go to the TC's public page at and click on the button for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above. You must sign up for membership at least 15 days before the first meeting must attend the first meeting of the TC in order to become a member.

Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

For non-OASIS members, a public comment list is available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list web page at

The archives of the TC's private and comment mail lists are visible to the public at

Further information about this topic may be found on the Cover Pages under the topic of "Electronic Procurement Standards" at:


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206  mobile +1 978.761.1648

Electronic Procurement Standardization TC (EPS)


OASIS Technical Committee For Electronic Procurement Standardization

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the OASIS Electronic Procurement Standardization (EPS) Technical Committee is to guide the coordinated development of global e-procurement standards and processes.

EPS TC work will focus on:

  • Developing requirements and a comprehensive framework for electronic procurement standards,
  • Identifying existing and in-development standards within this framework,
  • Coordinating liaison activity with other groups developing these components,
  • Identifying new activities to be pursued.
  • Performing a gap analysis to highlight where major electronic procurement standards are required to fulfill market needs and prioritize those with the most promising results.

Participants in the EPS TC will gather and analyze requirements for electronic procurement standards and processes from user-centric, government and industry organizations. A broad selection of technical and domain experts from organizations around the world in a series of specific technical committees will perform the actual technical work of developing e-procurement standards. These additional technical committees will be created, as needed.

The input of government and industry on the direction of the EPS TC activity is essential to ensure comprehensive, effective, and neutral specifications and processes. Broad global representation from a cross section of governments and industries will enable the most credible and effective representation in the development of EP standards and processes.

List of Deliverables

The EPS TC will create a robust framework that includes:

  • Requirements for Global Electronic Procurement Standards; 2Q 2003
  • Key organizations and standards bodies to liaise with to ensure interoperability and rapid development of components within this framework; 2Q 2003
  • Key functional components of the procurement process; 3Q 2003
  • Existing and emerging standards and specifications that could serve as components of this framework; 3Q 2003
  • Gaps that exist in the framework and a prioritization of which new specific EP standards are needed; 3Q 2003
  • Additional activities that may be needed to fulfill the requirements of this framework.


The EPS TC will conduct its business in English.

EPS TC Meetings

The first meeting of the EPS TC will be held as a teleconference on 19 May 2003 at 1:00 pm CT. (Some participants will dial in together from a room at the ISM conference in Nashville, TN.)

Thereafter, it is expected that the EPS TC will meet bi-weekly via telephone conference and two or three times a year in face-to-face meetings. The locations of the face-to-face meetings will be determined and announced in advance of each event. The TC proposers expect that much of the discussion to take place via email discussion.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will sponsor the first meeting. Sponsors for future meetings will be selected from the TC members.

Charter Proponents

TC Chair

Terri Tracey

On-going meeting sponsors

To be determined at the first meeting

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in the news story "OASIS Forms Electronic Procurement Standardization Technical Committee."

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