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Subject: RE: [ebxml-dev] UBL Schemas Released for Public Review


UBL is developing XML syntax specific expressions of fully compliant ebXML core components/business information entities.  UBL will be submitting its BIEs to UN/CEFACT for inclusion as UN/CEFACT ebXML Core Components and will progress it's schemas forward to become international standards.  The UBL approach is exactly what is required to have predefined syntax specific expressions of context specific business information entities. 

Mark Crawford
Research Fellow - LMI XML Lead
W3C Advisory Committee, OASIS, RosettaNet Representative
Vice Chair - OASIS UBL TC & Chair Naming and Design Rules Subcommittee
Chair - UN/CEFACT XML Syntax Working Group
Editor - UN/CEFACT Core Components
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Laqua [mailto:Nick.Laqua@newtron.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 5:33 AM
> To: ebxml-dev@lists.ebxml.org; ebxml-mktg@lists.ebxml.org
> Subject: RE: [ebxml-dev] UBL Schemas Released for Public Review
> Hi,
> can anybody give me a short hint how UBL is expected to 
> align/cooperate with the existing efforts within ebXML (Core 
> Components, context driver etc.) ? As I understood, the Core 
> Components approach was meant to avoid the typical problems 
> of traditional standards like EDIFACT etc. (messages being to 
> generic on one hand and too complex/specific on the other 
> hand) leading to proprietary "enhancements" and adaptions.
> Isn't UBL just another attempt to install a "standard" 
> interoperable format (like EDIFACT etc.) ?
> Thx
> Nick
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carol Geyer [mailto:carol.geyer@oasis-open.org]
> Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 9:40 PM
> To: ebxml-dev@lists.ebxml.org; ebxml-mktg@lists.ebxml.org
> Subject: [ebxml-dev] UBL Schemas Released for Public Review
> The first draft of a royalty-free data representation standard for
> electronic commerce has been released by the OASIS Universal Business
> Language (UBL) Technical Committee.
> The UBL Library Content 0p70 Public Review release can be found at
>    http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lcsc/0p70/
> A zip file containing the entire review set packaged for local
> installation can be downloaded from
>    http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lcsc/0p70/UBL0p70.zip
> Intended to become international standards for electronic 
> trade, the UBL
> schemas contained in the review package specify machine-readable XML
> representations of familiar business documents.  The seven basic
> documents covered in this release include Order, Order 
> Response, Simple
> Order Response, Order Cancellation, Despatch Advice, Receipt 
> Advice, and
> Invoice. Together, they can be used to implement a generic buy/sell
> relationship or supply chain whose components fit existing trade
> agreements and are immediately understandable by workers in business,
> supply-chain management (SCM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI),
> accounting, customs, taxation, and shipping.
> These generic schemas are intended to work in a wide variety 
> of business
> contexts through custom extensions. Automated context 
> configuration will
> be addressed in a later phase of the effort. The schemas are also
> designed be used in their generic form in many ordinary business
> contexts without further modification.
> The business context in which the generic document types are 
> designed to
> function is detailed in the materials accompanying the release. Other
> documentation includes the entire semantic model on which the schemas
> are based, a description of the methodology by which the schemas were
> created, and UML diagrams to aid in software design. The package also
> contains alternative ASN.1 specifications for the UBL schemas 
> that allow
> ASN.1 tools to be used for UBL document transfers. Additional
> supplementary materials will be made available in a following package
> update to be announced separately.
> The UBL schemas reflect a number of inputs, the most 
> important of which
> are the commercial xCBL schemas from Commerce One and SAP; the ebXML
> Core Components Specification; early XSL stylesheet 
> implementations; and
> early feedback from the UBL Liaisons
> (http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lsc/).  UBL schema 
> design follows
> the UBL Naming and Design Rules developed by the UBL NDR Subcommittee
> (http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/ndrsc/). The definition of UBL
> semantic content, based on existing practice in EDI and electronic
> marketplaces, has taken place in close alignment with ebXML Core
> Components methodology to ensure optimal integration into the ebXML
> semantic registry.
> As works in progress, the materials in the Library Content 0p70 Public
> Review package do not yet have the status of an OASIS Open Standard or
> an OASIS Committee Specification.  The construction of experimental
> prototypes based on these materials is encouraged for the purpose of
> generating input back to the committee process, but implementers are
> strongly advised against basing commercial or mission-critical
> applications on the draft specifications.
> The OASIS UBL Library Content Subcommittee invites interested 
> parties to
> comment on this release directly to the Library Content Subcommittee
> Editor, Bill Meadows (bill.meadows@sun.com), using the recommended
> feedback form at
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lcsc/0p70/UBL_Comment-0p1.rtf
> This release comment period applies from Monday, January 27th until
> Monday, April 14th 2003. We welcome all comments and will ensure to
> advise of our dispositions to any suggestions.
> The work of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee is open to public view
> through the mail archives linked from the UBL home page:
>    http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/
> Formal input to UBL from industry data exchange organizations is
> provided through the UBL Liaison Subcommittee:
>    http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/lsc/
> Input from the general public is accepted through the ubl-comment mail
> list:
>    http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/
> Interested parties are invited to comment on the work of the UBL TC by
> subscribing to the ubl-comment list using the OASIS list manager:
>    http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl
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