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Subject: Public Review of UBL v2.1

To OASIS members, Public Announce Lists:

The OASIS Universal Business Language TC has recently approved the following specification as a Committee Draft and approved the package for public review:

Universal Business Language v2.1

OASIS UBL 2.1 is the first addition to UBL since the approval of UBL 2.0 as an OASIS Standard in 2006. UBL 2.0 built on a basic order/shipment/invoice framework provided earlier in UBL 1.0 with further support for sourcing, fulfilment, billing, and payment. 
Because it preserves backward compatibility with UBL 2.0, UBL 2.1 is technically a minor release, not a major one. However, it does add 29 new document types in this first public review draft, bringing the total number of UBL business documents to 60. With these additions, UBL now supports eTendering; collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment; vendor managed inventory; intermodal freight management; and utility billing. UBL 2.1 also includes support for advanced digital signatures in the form (XAdES) mandated in Europe together with other enhancements to better support downstream financial services. 

The public review starts today, 25 September 2010, and ends 24 November 2010. This is an open invitation to comment. We strongly encourage feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of OASIS work. We also welcome interested parties to join the TC as it continues to further development of its specifications. From roots as an OASIS "biz docs" project in the late 1990s, UBL gained its current technical focus in the collaboration between OASIS and UN/CEFACT that produced ebXML (ISO 15000). Beginning with the contribution of xCBL 3.0 by CommerceOne and SAP in 2001, the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee has been working to apply the principles of ebXML Core Components (CCTS) to the development of a comprehensive, library-based, document-oriented, royalty-free set of standard XML business message types such as invoices, purchase orders, and shipping notices. UBL was the first XML business document standard to implement CCTS. It is currently required by law for government procurement in Denmark, Turkey, and Peru, saving hundreds of millions of dollars annually in early deployments and demonstrating its usefulness and applicability across a wide range of business cultures. Please feel free to distribute this announcement within your organization and to other appropriate mail lists.

More non-normative information about the specification and the technical committee may be found at the public home page of the TC at [1] below. Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the button marked "Send A Comment" at the top of that page, or directly at [2] below.

Submitted comments (for this work as well as other works of that TC) are publicly archived and can be viewed at [3] below. All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members.

The specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source:

Zip file incorporating all UBL 2.1 assets:

We also call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy applicable to the work of this technical committee, which can be found at [4] below. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work, at [5] below.

OASIS and the UBL TC welcome your comments.

Mary P McRae
Director, Standards Development
Technical Committee Administrator
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org 
web: www.oasis-open.org
twitter: @fiberartisan #oasisopen
phone: 1.603.232.9090

[1] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=ubl
[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=ubl
[3] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/
[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php
[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/ipr.php

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