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Subject: UBL specification submitted for OASIS Standard

OASIS members:

The OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) TC has submitted the 
Universal Business Language (UBL) v1.0 specification, which is an 
approved Committee Draft, for review and consideration for approval by 
OASIS members to become an OASIS Standard. The TC's submission is 
attached below.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, the 
specification has already gone through a 30 day public review period. 
OASIS members now have until the 15th of the month to familiarize 
themselves with the submission. OASIS members should give their input on 
this question to the voting representative of their organization.

By the 16th of the month I will send out a Call For Vote to the voting 
representatives of the OASIS member organizations, who will have until 
the end of the month to cast their ballots on whether this Committee 
Draft should be approved as an OASIS Standard.

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Drafts as OASIS 
Standards is found at 

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at 


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

1. A formal specification that is a valid member of its type, together 
with appropriate documentation for the specification, both of which must 
be written using approved OASIS templates;

The UBL v1.0 Committee Draft is located at 
http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cd-UBL-1.0/ and as a downloadable zip 
file at http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cd-UBL-1.0.zip

See Sections 1 through 6 of the UBL 1.0 Committee Draft, in particular, 
the XSD schemas in Section 6.

Documentation is provided in the UBL 1.0 release package by a 
description of the normative parts of the specification and their method 
of development plus a number of informative appendices containing a 
large quantity of supporting materials for the developer. Three major 
informative documents are also included: the naming and design rules 
used in producing the UBL schemas, a methodology for customizing the 
schemas, and a set of guidelines for the development and maintenance of 
the code lists used in the release. These documentary components of the 
UBL 1.0 package are expected to find use in schema definition efforts 
similar to UBL.

2. A clear English-language summary of the specification;

See Section 1 of the UBL 1.0 release package.

3. A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to 
similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing organizations;

As a standard, royalty-free set of XML schemas for common business 
documents, UBL provides an alternative to a number of proprietary or 
industry-specific business vocabularies. During the UBL 1.0 development 
period, the OASIS UBL TC enjoyed formal liaison relationships with the 
following organizations:

        ACORD (insurance)
        ARTS (retail)
        ebXML Asia Committee
        e.centre (EAN UK)
        EIDX (electronics)
        HL7 (health care)
        NACS (convenience stores)
        SWIFT (banking)
        UIG (utilities)
        VCA (eye care)
        UN/EDIFACT Working Group
        ASC X12
        OASIS eGov TC
        OASIS CIQ TC

UBL is also on the continuing agenda of the ISO IEC ITU UN/ECE eBusiness 
Memorandum of Understanding Management Group, which coordinates 
ebusiness standards activities among the standards bodies referenced by 
the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

4. Certification by at least three OASIS member organizations that they 
are successfully using the specification consistently with the OASIS IPR 

The following OASIS member organizations have certified to the TC that 
they are successfully using UBL:

Sun Microsystems

Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd.

OSS Nokalva

Denmark Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation

Center for Document Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

University of Hong Kong

Korea CALS/EC Association

5. An account of each of the comments/issues raised during the public 
review period, along with its resolution;

Comments submitted regarding the UBL CD review of May 2004, together 
with their disposition by the TC, can be found in the UBL 1.0 Issues 
List, the latest version of which is located at


It should be noted that UBL went through several other review cycles 
before the official May 2004 CD public review period:

UBL 0.6 Mar/Apr 2002 Sanity check (UBL Liaisons only)
UBL 0.7 Jan/Feb 2003 Two-month public review of entire package
UBL 0.8 Jun/Jul 2003 Limited review (data model only)
UBL 1.0 Beta Nov/Dec 2004 Two-month public review of entire package

Comments received during these earlier review cycles can be found at 
various places in the UBL TC and subcommittee archives.

6. An account of and results of the voting to approve the approve the 
specification as a Committee Draft;

Results of the CD ballot can be found at 

7. An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any 
earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification, 
together with the originating TC's response to each comment;

UBL has not previously been submitted for OASIS standardization.

8. A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the 
originating TC;

The UBL comment archive is located at 

The UBL TC's email list archive is located at 

9. A statement from the chair of the TC certifying that all members of 
the TC have been provided with a copy of the OASIS IPR Policy;

Members of the TC were formally notified by email in the message 
archived at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/200407/msg00058.html

10. Optionally, a pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or 
more TC members who did not vote in favor of approving the Committee 
Draft, or certification by the chair that no minority reports exist.

No minority reports were submitted.

Submitted by the OASIS UBL TC chair, Jon Bosak jon.bosak@sun.com

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