OASIS ebXML Business Process TC

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Providing a standards-based business process foundation that promotes the automation and predictable exchange of business collaboration definitions using XML


The Technical Committee was closed by TC Administration at the request of the TC members on 06 February 2014 and is no longer active. Maintenance of TC deliverables has been transferred to the OASIS ebXML Core (ebCore) TC (https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ebcore/).
Archives of its work remain publicly accessible and are linked from this page. OASIS appreciates the efforts of all those who participated in this TC.

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Visit the webinar site to listen to the ebBP webinar and demonstration of the v2.0.4 OASIS Standard. This webinar applied ebBP to a real-world use case for Integrated Health Care profiles, highlighting the work of METU, and with two other real-world cases in Netherlands-criminal justice and European-financial services. The freebxmlbp editor tool was demonstrated; more demonstrations likely will continue this summer 2007. Registration and details for other webinars in the ebXML Framework are found at: Webinars for ebXML Framework Including ebBP.

The webinar replays for ebBP are located at: ebBP Webinar Replay.

freebxmlbp Screen Shots that includes support for shared process libraries: freebxmlbp Screen Shots, ebBP Webinar, 5 June 2007.

Get to know ebBP with.... Five Simple ebBP Facts

The ebBP v2.0.4 OASIS Standard was approved 21 December 2006. Under the "OS" subdirectory until the links are complete, OASIS Standard documents are currently found for v2.0.4 at: v2.0.4 ebBP Directory

Discussions are underway within the TC to transition maintenance of this group to the newly formed ebCore TC. For any questions, contact Dale Moberg.

TC calls are held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT. See Calendar for details at: ebBP Calendar


See ebBP (ebXML Business Process) Knowledge Base and featured with other framework specifications on Wikipedia.

Get to know ebBP from industry experts: ebBP Industry Interview (mp3 format)

This interview is part of the set of ebXML framework interviews by known experts: Complete set of ebXML Industry Interviews (mp3 format)

Brief on ebBP: ebBP and eBusiness Interoperability

Frequently Asked Questions for ebBP can be found at: ebBP FAQ

ebBP White Paper available at: ebBP White Paper, April 2006

Press release on ebBP as an OASIS Standard at: ebBP Achieves OASIS Standard

See new open source free-ubl that includes ebBP at: free-ubl


No subcommittees have been formed. In addition, ebBP TC continues to work closely with several groups including OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) and Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreements TCs, and OMG.

Technical Work Produced by the Committee

All documents are publicly available, including the v2.0.4 OASIS Standard and Committee Specification packages.

Packages v2.0.4 OASIS Standard, approved December 2006: v2.0.4 Packages

Individual core and business signal schema files for v2.0.4 OASIS Standard:
Individual core schema file (if needed) (.xsd)
Individual signal schema file (if needed) (.xsd)

Packages v2.0.3 Committee Specification, approved April 2006: v2.0.3 Packages

Individual schema files for v2.0.3 Committee Specification:
Individual core schema file (if needed) (.xsd)
Individual signal schema file (if needed) (.xsd)

For v2.0.3 only if used: In Section 2.1 of the technical specification, to accommodate varying tool capabilities surrounding namespaces and directories using URIs, the URI for each schema is virtual:

  • a. http://docs.oasis-open.org/ebxml-bp/ebbp-2.0 for ebbp-2.0.3.xsd resolves to http://docs.oasis-open.org/ebxml-bp/2.0.3/ebbp-2.0.3.xsd
  • b. http://docs.oasis-open.org/ebxml-bp/ebbp-signals-2.0 for ebbp-signals-2.0 resolves to http://docs.oasis-open.org/ebxml-bp/2.0.3/ebbp-signals-2.0.3.xsd
  • Certifications of successful use towards path to OASIS Standard:
    METU (Turkey)
    Axway/Cyclone Commerce (US/France)
    ENEA UDA PMI (Italy)

    Packages v2.0.2 Committee Draft, approved January 2006:

    Specification [technical specification only] (html in .zip)

    Specification [appendices only] (html in .zip)

    Schema (Core schema in .zip)
    Signal Schema (Signal schema in .zip)

    Expository Work Produced by the Committee

    As an OASIS Standard, the ebBP is now focused on a submission to ISO for the ISO-15000. See Overview and below for News and Briefs.

    In January 2007, the ebBP met with HL7 and ISO TC 215. More discussions will continue through their next meeting in March 2007. The overview ebBP brief is available and found at: The ebBP and eBusiness Interoperability

    OMG Think Tank, May 2006 "Business Collaboration Using ebBP" (features team member Sally St. Amand, Business Technologist)

    OASIS Symposium, SOA Business Session, May 2006 "Achieving eBusiness Interoperability"

    ebBP Template to Enable User Communities "ebXML IIC Deployment Template for ebBP v2.0.x is included in a package for ebBP, ebMS and ebCPPA"

    External Resources

    Although not produced by the OASIS ebXML BP TC, the following information offers useful insights into its work. Note, that the examples may require minor revisions until the namespace and schema locations are established by OASIS TC Administration.

    ebxml.xml.org logo

    ebXML XML.org is a community-driven site hosted by OASIS that provides reliable background information on the standard. The site also serves as a community bulletin board and directory where readers post news, ideas, opinions, and recommendations. It incorporates wiki functionality to let users edit and add new pages to the site. The public is encouraged to contribute content.

    ebXML Business Process Specification Advances Within OASIS
    20 October 2003

    Enterprise Architecture by Clive Finkelstein
    Enterprise Architecture for Integration: Rapid Delivery Methods and Technologies (See Part 3, ebBP)

    The new ebBP editor from Middle East Technical University can be found at: freebxmlbp editor tool

    Snapshots using the new editor for the development of an ebBP process definition are located at: freebxmlbp Example
    Meeting notes from 8 August 2006 also detail some of the functionality of the editor and interest from user communities: freebxmlbp Example

    The new user guide for the updated ebBP editor for the tool is located at: freebxmlbp user guide

    Public domain license: License

    The European Commission funded RIDE Project has published an updated ebBP profile for the Integrated Health Enterprise (IHE). It plans to make available a software editor and tools in the near future. The profile is under revision and will be published when available.

    Working ebBP Process Definition and Business Signal Examples:

    JEITA has developed collaborative ebBP process definitions for the Japanese community : JEITA Japanese sample ebBP process definitions (v2.0.3)
    Note, more information on JEITA can be found at: http://ec.jeita.or.jp/ (click "For English").

    The Asian transport community developed ebBP process definitions for UBL v2.0 transport: UBL Transport Takes on ebBP

    Italian knit wear has produced draft process definitions to show how condition expressions can drive different usages of specific activities under different conditions: Italian Knit Wear Draft Process Definitions

    Criminal justice in the Netherlands has created an exemplary ebBP process definition (v2.0.1 or v2.0.2): ePV, Netherlands Example
    Updates from the OASIS Symposium on this project are found at: ePV, Netherlands Criminal Justice at April 2007 OASIS Symposium

    The UBL Small Business SubCommittee, with user community support, in collaboration with ebBP and CPPA teams have created exemplary process and profile definitions for UBL v1.0 and UBL SBS v1.0. These have been approved as part of the UBL SBS Committee Specification:
    ebCPPA examples (CPPA building blocks are created from ebBP process definitions)

    ebBP examples
    UBL SBS Business Collaboration combining modular process definitions

    The ebCPPA team has created a negotiation example using ebBP v2.0.4: Negotiation example for ebCPPA

    XSLT and scripts for modular business processes have also been released (in September 2006) by member Sacha Schlegel: ebBP XSLT and scripts for UBP

    The ebBP team has created business signal examples using ebBP v2.0.x:

    For ebBP v2.0.4 as referenced in Section 3: Signals for v2.0.4
    For ebBP v2.0.3: Signals for v2.0.3
    For ebBP v2.0.2: Signals for v2.0.2

    Mailing Lists and Comments

    ebxml-bp: the list used by TC members to conduct Committee work. TC membership required to post. TC members are automatically subscribed; the public may view archives.

    ebxml-bp-comment: a public mail list for providing input to the OASIS ebxml-bp Technical Committee members. Send a comment or view archives.*

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    Additional Information

    For interested parties and user community, we have provided links to previous schema versions:
    v1.04, 1.05
    v1.1 (February 2005)

    Discussions are underway within the TC to transition maintenance of this group to the newly formed ebCore TC. For any questions, contact Dale Moberg.

    Providing Feedback: OASIS welcomes feedback on its technical activities from potential users, developers, and others to better assure the interoperability and quality of OASIS work.