[April 19, 2000] The BizCodes initiative [apparently sponsored by the XML/edi Group] "is focused on promoting the concept of a universal reference system for XML based eBusiness that transcends individual schemas and industry specific exchange formats to provide a true 'lingua franca' for global eBusiness interchanges. This initiative is designed to facilitate the current efforts of standards groups like DISA/X12, UN/EDIFACT and working groups like CEFACT/OASIS with www.xml.org and also commercial efforts like RosettaNet, Microsoft Biztalk.org and any other XML based eBusiness implementation. The work developed here is intended to be an open source, public domain collaborative project. The objective is to provide all implementors of XML based semantics for eBusiness a simple and concise system that allows global interoperability. The technology approach is to build XML syntax examples that illustrate the core concepts of the Bizcodes method, and to show how, with only minor modifications, by adopting drafts already published to the W3C XML Version 1.0 recommendation, we can quickly and easily implement a robust, scalable and maintainable system today. In addition a key need is to adhere to the tenets of the simplicity of XML V1.0 itself, that ensure consistent software behaviours across the major XML parser implementations themselves..."
Note also "UDEF." Ken North remarked that BizCodes are similar to the UDEF keys. Provisionally: "...Universal Data Element Framework, or UDEF. UDEF is a tool for identifying and resolving 'semantic equivalence,' multiple names meaning the same thing. It therefore resolves synonyms and prevents homonyms. It's been used as the basis of a product configuration data dictionary for the federal government (MIL-STD-2549), and is currently under consideration by the Electronics Industries Alliance, as well as the XML/EDI Group..." [From "XML Microstandards. Smaller is better when it comes to XML naming standards." [Information Supply Chain.] By William J. Lewis. In Intelligent Enterprise Volume 3, Number 7 (April 28, 2000), pages 66-68.]