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DISA Hosts ebXML Registry

DISA to Host ebXML-compliant Registry and Repository for E-Business Standards

DISA, with XML and EDI Groups, Drive Global Convergence to Syntax-Neutral Implementation

Alexandria, VA, USA. March 19, 2001.

The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) announced plans to host an ebXML-compliant Registry and Repository for e-business standards and related content. Since 1987, DISA has been home for the development of the most robust cross-industry electronic data exchange standards. These standards provide the foundation to enable individuals, companies and organizations to participate in global e-business.

"DISA is home to the largest number of business-to-business transaction sets that provide efficient and effective B2B exchange," said DISA President and CEO Kerry C. Stackpole, CAE. "As we establish this dynamic resource, we at DISA are committed to working with users and providers around the world to make this Registry and Repository the most valuable tool ever created for the e-business community."

As the Secretariat to the American National Standards Institute Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, DISA has provided a neutral forum for e-business standards development for almost 15 years, for a total of 15 annual releases and 30 subreleases. ASC X12 and the UN/EDIFACT Working Group (EWG) recently launched a joint initiative to enhance business-to-business communications by defining and validating a set of protocol-neutral e-business objects valid within ebXML specifications, UN/EDIFACT messages and X12 standards. This single set of business objects (core components) will serve as the foundation for future developments in Extensible Markup Language (XML) and any other incarnation of electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML.

"Through our joint efforts with EWG, participation in ebXML, and integration of business modeling and XML into our X12 standards development process, we are building a set of protocol-neutral e-business objects," said David Barkley, ASC X12 Chair and Director of eCommerce Relations for Freddie Mac. "This initiative in concert with DISA's Registry and Repository leverages current company investments in EDI and extends the reach of e-business to small and midsize companies."

In addition to ASC X12 and EWG, DISA also provides technical and administrative support to a growing number of industry groups, which are pioneering the development of XML specifications. These groups include the OpenTravel Alliance (OTA), the Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO), and the Open Philanthropy eXchange (OPX). DISA's affiliation with the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) fosters the use of Global Distribution Systems and electronic distribution methods within the hospitality industry. Collectively, DISA and its Affiliates include over 1,000 companies representing multiple industries around the world.

"As a long-time supporter of ebXML, Sun is delighted that DISA will host an ebXML-compliant Registry and Repository," said Bill Smith, Director of Technology Development for the Software Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Member of the ebXML Executive Committee. "This will be a very big step forward in furthering ebXML specifically and interoperable B2B standards and content in general. Our enthusiasm and support for this initiative reflects our commitment to developing long-term B2B solutions based on open standards."

DISA's further support of the ebXML initiative was also recently evidenced by the ebXML presentations hosted at the February ASC X12 meeting in Seattle, and at DISA's E-Business and Internet Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco March 8.

Initial content for the Repository will include all ASC X12 EDI standards, the XML specifications being developed by DISA Affiliates, and related content.

"DISA's commitment to release an ebXML-compliant registry is a major step to prove the viability and flexibility of the ebXML specifications," said Scott Nieman, ebXML Registry Project Team Lead and Solutions Director for eIntegration at Norstan Consulting based in Minneapolis. "DISA's vision to extend the base functionality of the ebXML Registry specifications allows them to uniquely differentiate themselves in the e-business community and provide leading edge services to their longstanding community of end-users."

As part of its concurrent educational initiatives, which have long included seminars and training on EDI and XML, DISA will launch a training program on UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology and Unified Modeling Language (UML). They will be held at DISA headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and include:

  • Requirements Definition and Use Case Overview: May 21, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and May 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Unified Modeling Language (UML) for E-Business Process Modeling: May 23, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Unified Modeling Language (UML) for E-Business Object Modeling: May 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

DISA, the accredited standards community for e-business, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support to its Affiliates:

  • Accredited Standards Committee X12

  • OpenTravel Alliance

  • Interactive Financial eXchange Forum

  • Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association

  • Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization

  • Open Philanthropy eXchange

  • XML/EDI Group

Propelling global e-business, DISA and ASC X12 serve as the entry point for the United States into the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of trade goods and services. To learn more about DISA, visit or call +1 703-548-7005.

Additional information

Tel: (703) 548-7005
Fax: (703) 548-5738

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See (1) "ANSI ASC X12/XML and DISA" and (2) "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)."

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