USA, March 31, 2000--The first ebXML Initiative Technical Specifications has
been released for public comment. The ebXML Requirements Specification is available
for download from the ebXML web site at http://www.ebxml.org.
This ebXML Requirements Specification represents the work of the ebXML Requirements
Project Team. It defines ebXML and the ebXML effort, articulates overall business
requirements for ebXML, and defines specific technical infrastructure requirements
that will be addressed by the various ebXML Project Teams in preparing their deliverables.
The document includes general guiding principles for the development of other
ebXML Technical Specifications. Major requirements identified in the specification
- general Business Requirements which relate to the need for a single consistent
approach to use XML;
- the need to support both vertical and horizontal solutions regardless of the
user's level of sophistication;
- the need to support a range of basic, low cost solutions for Small or Medium
Enterprises (SMEs) as well as complex solutions appropriate to large enterprises;
- a general specification for developing XML-based schematas;
- the need for globalized solutions that will accommodate national and international
- completely open accessibility, enabled by a registry and repository;
- the need for an architecture that will ensure and maximize interoperability
by supporting common business process, common semantics, a common vocabulary and
common character encoding;
- consistent transport, routing and packaging methodologies to ensure secure
sending and receiving of messages over the Internet; and
- digital signature and other security related capabilities.
The specification is available for the full ebXML Work Group and all interested
parties in the general public. Comments should be emailed as plain text in the
body of the mail message or as an attachment to Mike Rawlins, ebXML Requirements
Project Team Leader at email@example.com or Mark Crawford, ebXML Requirements
Project Team Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The review period closes 27 March
2000. The specification will undergo a second cycle of revision and review prior
to the expected final approval at the May ebXML meeting in Brussels.
The ebXML vision is to create a single global XML framework solution. It is
a joint effort of the United Nation/CEFACT organization and OASIS. Participants
represent 14 countries, 83 companies, government agencies and several national
and international standards organizations. More than 500 people around the world
participate via Internet mailing lists.
Following the public comment period, the final Requirements Specifications
will be approved by the full ebXML Plenary during its meeting in Brussels 8-12
May 2000. Full details about the ebXML Initiative, its project teams and meetings
is at http://www.ebxml.org. Technical Specifications will be available for download
from the ebXML web site as they are released.
ebXML (www.ebXML.org) is an International Initiative
established by UN/CEFACT and OASIS in late 1999 with a mandate to undertake a
15-18 month program of work to research and identify the technical basis upon
which the global implementation of XML (Extensible Markup Language) can be standardized.
The goal is to provide an open technical specification to enable XML to be utilized
in a consistent and uniform manner for the exchange of electronic business data
in application-to-application, application-to-person and person-to-application
UN/CEFACT (www.uncefact.org) is the United
Nations body whose mandate covers worldwide policy and technical development in
the area of trade facilitation and electronic business. Headquartered in Geneva,
it has developed and promoted many tools for the facilitation of global business
processes including UN/EDIFACT, the international EDI standard. Its current work
programme includes such topics as Simpl-edi and Object Oriented EDI and it strongly
supports the development and implementation of open, interoperable global standards
and specifications for electronic business.
OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is a
non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data
and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces
the complete spectrum of structured information standards including XML, SGML
and CGM. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext,
Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One,
CommerceNet, CompTIA, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,
eCredit.com, Enigma, eXcelon, Extricity Software, GCA, Health Level Seven, IBM,
InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile,
Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, Nimble.com, NIST, Object
Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Oracle, Pick Systems, ProNet
Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad,
Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Wavo, Webb Interactive
Services, Whitehill Technologies, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.
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