United Nations and OASIS Join Forces to Produce
Global XML Framework for Electronic Business
(Geneva, Switzerland / Boston, Mass. USA - 15 September 1999)
The United Nations body for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) have joined forces to initiate a worldwide project to standardize XML (extensible markup language) business specifications. UN/CEFACT and OASIS have established the Electronic Business XML Working Group to develop a technical framework that will enable XML to be used in a consistent manner for exchanging all electronic business data. Industry groups currently working on XML specifications will participate in the 18-month project. Results of the Electronic Business XML Working Group will be placed in the public domain on XML.org. and uncefact.org
OASIS President, Bill Smith (Sun Microsystems) explains, "To be effective for global business, it is vital that XML specifications are based on a common framework. Because that framework does not yet exist, there are many--often competing--efforts under way worldwide. This new Electronic Business XML Working Group will end the confusion and duplication of effort that currently exists".
Ray Walker, Chairman of the UN/CEFACT Steering Group adds, "This is good news especially for small and medium-sized companies, developing countries and economies in transition. In the long term, this initiative will contribute to the growth of world trade."
Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Director, Trade Division, UN/ECE said Athe opportunities for business development that can result in matching the existing EDI technology with XML are very exciting. By incorporating the new technique into its existing operations, companies will be able to offer a more coherent and efficient service to their customers. The aim of this significant development is to enable large and small international supply chains to be linked to the Internet in an innovative way@.
The Electronic Business XML Working Group will be led by Klaus-Dieter Naujok of the Harbinger Corporation, a senior member of the UN/CEFACT Steering Committee, and Robert S. Sutor of IBM, Chief Strategy Officer of OASIS.
( OASIS operates XML.org ( ),
the first global XML industry portal featuring the XML.org Registry and
Repository that offers automated public access to XML schemas for electronic
commerce, business-to-business transactions, and tools and application
interoperability. OASIS sponsors
include Adobe Systems, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Chrystal
Software, Compaq, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet, Enigma,
Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, Inso, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN,
ITEDO, Keyfile, Larson Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NIST, Object Design,
POET Software, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP,
Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, System Development, Wavo, Xerox, XyEnterprise and
Zeh Graphics Systems.
more information: Carol Geyer, Program Manager, OASIS, +1.412.963.1479, UN/CEFACT
Secretariat, +41 22 917 2457