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Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards

Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards Donated To HR-XML

Proposal from six staffing companies worldwide - Adecco, Kelly, Manpower, Randstad, Spherion and Vedior - would improve efficiency for the staffing industry and customers around the world

Baltimore, MD, USA. September 10, 2001.

The HR-XML Consortium, the global independent organization dedicated to creating worldwide XML standards for the human resources industry, will be examining a proposal to develop data exchange standards for the staffing industry. The sponsors of the initiative are the world's six leading staffing companies, who have worked collaboratively for the first time in their history to develop an extensive specification, which has been donated to the HR-XML Consortium for review, revision, and implementation.

"The Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES) proposal is one of the most complete data standards contribution that has ever been presented to the HR-XML Consortium," said Chuck Allen, HR-XML Executive Director. "We are very pleased that the world leaders of the staffing industry - Adecco, Kelly, Manpower, Randstad, Spherion and Vedior - have worked together to create such a quality proposal and have made their work available for use by others in the industry, as well as their customers," he added.

The objective of the Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards is to provide a set of standard protocols for data transfer and exchange of information between the staffing industry, intermediaries and customers. This will improve efficiency and significantly reduce costs for the staffing companies, intermediaries and customers by dramatically reducing the need to design, build and implement separate, and potentially conflicting, data interfaces for the exchange of data between different applications and businesses.

"We are extremely pleased with this valuable contribution of intellectual property to the HR-XML Consortium," said Lon Pilot, HR-XML Consortium Chairman. "Bringing this initiative within the HR-XML Consortium avoids the needless proliferation of another standards body and ensures interoperability and integration with other HR-XML specifications."

The six sponsoring companies have relinquished future control and ownership of SIDES to the HR-XML Consortium and, in doing so, have opened the development process for these standards to the participation and input of other member staffing companies, vendors, employers, and interested parties.

"The sponsoring companies welcome HR-XML's process because it will aid further development and improvement of the standards that will be necessary for adoption," Pilot added. To aid and expedite this process, the sponsoring companies intend to provide a full-time technical resource person to assist the HR-XML Consortium for the duration of the adoption process.

Once finalized and approved by the broader Consortium membership, SIDES will be freely available. There are no barriers for other staffing companies, software companies, or customers to utilize this resource. All six companies that developed SIDES are members of the HR-XML Consortium.

For more information, contact:

Baxter Peffer
Krome Communications


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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