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OASIS and UN/CEFACT Complete ebXML Second Phase

OASIS ebXML Update

Date:      Wed, 27 Aug 2003 15:40:44 -0400
From:      Patrick Gannon <>
To:        OASIS Members <>
Subject:   OASIS ebXML Update

OASIS Members,

OASIS and UN/CEFACT have completed the second phase of ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), our joint initiative that began in 1999. In the first 18-month phase, joint teams completed a set of substantive technical specifications which provided an interoperable, vendor-neutral, openly available stack of XML standards for B2B e-commerce. In a second transitional phase, OASIS and UN/CEFACT split the substantive work, each housing several of the ongoing project teams while maintaining linkage through a Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC). After two years, the ebXML JCC has completed its mission. The two organizations will continue to support and promote the ebXML standards under respective separate procedures.

The transitional second phase saw many successes for ebXML, including:

  • the issuance of updated versions 2.0 of the ebXML Message Service (MSG), Registry Information Model (RIM), Registry Services (RS) and Collaboration Protocol Profile & Agreement (CPPA) specifications as OASIS Standards

  • approval by the UN/CEFACT plenary of all the ebXML OASIS Standards

  • widespread implementations and tools based on ebXML, particularly by government agencies and vertical industry supply-chain consortia

In its third phase, OASIS will continue to support the OASIS ebXML specifications and serve as a focal point for users and vendors interested in the maintenance, implementation and advancement of our ebXML Standards. This ongoing work includes the following:

  • OASIS Technical Committees for ebXML Messaging, CPPA, Registry/Repository, and Implementation, Interoperability and Conformance (IIC) each will continue to actively develop and refine ebXML specifications in use today. Participants in these OASIS ebXML TCs include representatives from: Adobe Systems, Bank of America, BEA Systems, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Choreology, Commerce One, ContentGuard, Cyclone Commerce, Drake Certivo, Entrust, Fujitsu, Global Exchange Services, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infoteria, Intel, IONA, Iopsis Software, IPNet Solutions, Kinzan, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator Software, Microsoft, NEC, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, NIST, Novell, NTT USA, Oracle, SAA Consultants, SAP, SeeBeyond, Southeast University China, Sterling Commerce, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The Bankers Association of ROC, Tibco, University of Hong Kong, US Defense Information Systems Agency, Vitria, and webMethods.

  • Additional efforts, including the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) TC, the OASIS Web Services Reliable Messaging TC, and the OASIS Web Services for Business Process Execution Language (WSBPEL) TC, also will have the opportunity to liaise and define interoperability with the ebXML stack.

  • OASIS will continue to maintain the informational web site that we have hosted since the project's launch.

OASIS expresses its thanks to the representatives from Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Sterling Commerce, Global Exchange Services, and other organizations who served as our representatives to the ebXML Joint Coordinating Committee and the Joint Marketing Committee during the project's transitional phase. We expect to continue to promote and support various ebXML activities, directed by our four existing OASIS ebXML TCs, the OASIS ebXML Joint Committee, and such other projects as may be initiated under OASIS rules.

Indeed, there are many reasons to celebrate our ebXML accomplishments, many exciting opportunities ahead, and many ways for members to drive our continued success.

Patrick Gannon
President & CEO

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. For the UN/CEFACT announcement, see "UN/CEFACT Announces Successful Completion of ebXML Technical Standards Work Programme with OASIS." See also: (1) OASIS website; (2) UN/CEFACT Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) website; (3) general references in "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)."

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