60-day Public Review for Universal Business Language (#UBL) V2.1 Candidate OASIS Standard

Members of the OASIS Universal Business Language TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance Universal Business Language Version 2.1 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

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

Specification Overview:

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.

Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review starts 16 August 2013 at 00:00 GMT and ends 15 October 2013 at 23:59 GMT.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

URIs:

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

XML (Authoritative):
http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cos1-UBL-2.1/UBL-2.1.xml

HTML:
http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cos1-UBL-2.1/UBL-2.1.html

PDF:
http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cos1-UBL-2.1/UBL-2.1.pdf

ZIP distribution file (complete):

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

http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cos1-UBL-2.1/cos1-UBL-2.1.zip

Additional information about the specification and the OASIS Universal Business Language TC may be found at the TC's public home page:

https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:

https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=ubl

Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:

http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/

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. In connection with this public review of Universal Business Language Version 2.1, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [3] applicable especially [4] to the work of this technical committee. 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.

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[1] OASIS Universal Business Language TC
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard ballot
https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=2451

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms Mode
https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr#s10.2.3

Associated TC: 
Universal Business Language (UBL)