OASIS Technical Committee

The original Call For Participation for this TC can be found at https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200109/msg00000.html.

On 29 January 2021, the TC approved a vote to clarify their charter. The ballot is available at https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3561.

  1. Name of the TC

    OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) Technical Committee

  2. Statement of Purpose

    The use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for the interchange of structured business messages and documents has existed since the 1970’s. Various syntaxes exist for EDI, and the later widespread use of XML, JSON and other syntaxes has led to the development of even more proprietary and industry-specific business message and document formats, leading to a global lack of harmonization and interoperability. The OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) TC solves this problem by defining a syntax neutral semantic library for business documents (the UBL semantic library) that can be restricted or extended to meet the requirements of particular industries, sectors and communities, as well as providing interoperability between systems and vendors when used as a generic interchange document format.

  3. Scope of Work

    The specific objectives of the TC are:

    • To define, specify and maintain the UBL specification, the UBL semantic library, as well as associated and supporting work products
    • To continue promoting UBL’s status as the international standard for electronic business documents
    • Fulfill the responsibilities of the designated maintenance authority for ISO/IEC 19845 as well as any other publicly available specification submitted by the TC to an external standards development organization (SDO)
  4. Deliverables

    The TC will work on delivering the following work products:

    • Publication of the UBL semantic library
    • Production of XML and other syntax bindings from the semantic library, as well as technical specifications supporting their use and implementation
    • Production of Committee Notes and Specifications to provide guidance for implementing UBL
  5. IPR Mode

    The TC will operate under the RF on Limited Terms mode of the OASIS IPR Policy.

  6. Audience

    The target groups of the TC are all public and private entities interested in the exchange of structured business documents, for example:

    • ERP vendors
    • Software and service providers
    • National, regional and local public authorities
    • Procurement and trade communities
    • E-invoicing networks
    • Supply chain communities
    • Logistics and transportation companies
  7. Language

    Work group business and proceedings will be conducted in English.