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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - Universal Business Language Version 2.1

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Universal Business Language TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership to a membership vote for OASIS Standard:

Universal Business Language Version 2.1
Candidate OASIS Standard 1
15 July 2013

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met, the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot opens on 21 October 2013 at 00:00 GMT and closes on 04 November 2013 at 23:59 GMT. You can access the ballot to cast your vote at:

Internal link: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=2527
Publicly visible link: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=2527

The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 46 (15% of 306 organizational members).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the Universal Business Language TC -- 

UBL 2.1 is the long-awaited successor to UBL 2.0 (2006). 

UBL is the product of an international effort to define a royalty-free library of standard electronic XML business documents such as purchase orders and invoices. It is designed to plug directly into existing business, legal, auditing, and records management practices, eliminating the re-keying of data in existing fax- and paper-based supply chains and providing an entry point into electronic commerce for small and medium-sized businesses.

UBL 2.1 more than doubles the size of the standard schema library, bringing the total number of XML document types to 65. In addition to the generic supply chain and procurement processes defined in UBL 2.0, UBL 2.1 adds support for eTendering, Vendor Managed Inventory, Intermodal Freight Management, Utility Billing, and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment. It also adds two supplementary document types, Document Status and Document Status Request. As before, all the XML data constructs in a UBL schema are drawn from a single library of reusable components in conformance with the ebXML Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS) Version 2.01, ISO/TS 15000-5:2005. 

More information on UBL V2.1 and the Technical Committee can be found at the TC's website (http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl) and at the the UBL XML.org page (http://ubl.xml.org/).

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source (Authoritative):



Distribution ZIP files:

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specifications and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


-- Additional information -- 

[1] OASIS Universal Business Language TC 

TC Charter

[2] Statements of Use: 

- Single Face To Industry (SFTI): https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201307/msg00002.html 
- RFS Holland Holding B.V.: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201307/msg00003.html 
- Tradeshift: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201307/msg00004.html 
- European Commission e-Freight project: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/201306/msg00002.html 
- JAVEST: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/201306/msg00004.html 
- The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL): https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/201307/msg00000.html 
- Invinet Sistemes B2BRouter: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/201307/msg00004.html 


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