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- Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 18:57:49 -0500
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Subject: News from ebXML meeting in Brussels
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ebXML' release about its Brussels meeting that ended Friday.
May 15, 2000 11:19
ebXML Moves Forward on Defining Global Electronic Business Infrastructure
Brussels, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--15 May 2000--
Meeting in Europe Produces Approved Requirements Specification and
Proof-of-Concept Messaging Demonstration
Significant progress in standardizing a global XML electronic business
infrastructure was unveiled at the latest ebXML meeting in Europe last week
hosted by CEN/ISSS. Under the guidance of UN/CEFACT and OASIS, electronic
business experts representing standards organizations, industry consortia
companies from around the world gathered in Brussels for a working meeting
that marked the six-month point in the initiative's 18-month charter.
Highlights of the meeting included the approval of the ebXML Requirements
Specification and a proof-of-concept demonstration for the routing and
enveloping of ebXML messages.
"We are very pleased with the ebXML progress to date," said Klaus-Dieter
Naujok, Chair of ebXML and Member of the UN/CEFACT Steering Committee. "The
roadmap to achieving interoperability and integration of business services
has been defined. We are making great strides toward accomplishing our
objectives through the approval of specifications and delivery of
In an open plenary at the conclusion of the Europe meeting, participants
approved the ebXML Requirements Specification defining the full scope of the
initiative. Prior to the vote, the Specification had been available 60 days
for public review.
"The Requirements Specification will serve as the foundation for the
Initiative, setting the scope for the other ebXML project teams as they
develop the technical specifications for the ebXML framework," explained
Michael C. Rawlins, Leader of the ebXML Requirements Team.
The ebXML Transport, Routing and Packaging Project Team successfully
demonstrated a proof-of-concept in which sample OpenTravel Alliance (OTA)
business messages were exchanged between a small company and a large
enterprise. The messaging prototype implemented the draft ebXML
for exchange of business documents between trading partners using the
everyday Internet Web and e-mail protocols, HTTP and SMTP. The demonstration
also integrated output from the ebXML Business Process and Registry and
Repository Project Teams.
"ebXML is not technology for technology's sake. Our motivation is to provide
genuine business solutions that enable global trade," said Rik Drummond,
leader of the ebXML Transport, Routing and Packaging Project Team. "We are
very aware of the time-critical nature of our objectives. We're producing
drafts, prototyping and integrating work from other ebXML project teams now
so that we can give businesses the solutions they need as soon as possible."
"Support for the ebXML effort continues to grow at a tremendous rate.
Representatives from virtually all the leading industry standards
organizations actively participate in ebXML, and we are coordinating our
development efforts with their work," noted Dr. Robert S. Sutor, Vice-Chair
of ebXML and Chief Strategy Officer of OASIS. "The meeting in Brussels
attracted almost twice as many attendees as our previous gathering, with
participants from many European and global organizations."
Participation in ebXML remains open to all interested parties. Current
information on all the ebXML project teams is available on www.ebxml.org.
ebXML (www.ebXML.org) is an International Initiative established by
and OASIS in late 1999 with a mandate to undertake an 18-month program of
work to research and identify the technical basis upon which the global
implementation of XML (Extensible Markup Language) can be standardized. The
goal of ebXML is to facilitate open trade between organizations regardless
size by enabling XML to be used in a consistent manner to exchange
UN/CEFACT (www.uncefact.org) is the United Nations body whose mandate covers
worldwide policy and technical development in the area of trade facilitation
and electronic business. Headquartered in Geneva, it has developed and
promoted many tools for the facilitation of global business processes
including UN/EDIFACT, the international EDI standard. Its current work
programme includes such topics as Simpl-edi and Object Oriented EDI and it
strongly supports the development and implementation of open, interoperable
global standards and specifications for electronic business.
OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is a non-profit, international consortium
dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange.
Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum
structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors
include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, BEA Systems,
Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce
CommerceNet, CompTIA, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun &
eCredit.com, Enigma, eXcelon, Extricity Software, GCA, Health Level Seven,
IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO,
JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator Software,
Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, Nimble.com, NIST,
Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Pick Systems, POET
Software, ProNet Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP,
Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun
Synthbank, Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill
Technologies, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.
Carol Geyer, 941/926-2322
Hans Hansell, +41 22 917 2457
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