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UBL technical committee wins first Open Standards Cup

UBL is now being balloted as a draft international standard by ISO/IEC

ISO/IEC JTC 1 is Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Its purpose as a technical committee is to develop, maintain, promote, and facilitate standards in the fields of information technology (IT) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
ISO/IEC 19845 is the work item of ISO/IEC JTC 1 to approve OASIS Universal Business Language Version 2.1 as an ISO/IEC Standard through their Publicly Available Specification (PAS) process.

IBM PEPPOL B2B integration - based on UBL

UK National Health Service to mandate use of PEPPOL (and UBL) messaging


A tutorial for creating schemas following UBL NDR

UBL TC member Oriol Bausa has written a short tutorial on the use of Crane's tools to create XSD schemas from CCTS business information entities.

How UBL is impacting global supply chains with Tradeshift

Tradeshift CEO & Co-founder, Christian Lanng recently spoke about the future of supply chains in the digital age. See the video link below...

The ‘European standard on electronic invoicing’

European public sector to adopt a standard semantic data model for electronic invoicing


A few years ago I posted an article about the confusion surrounding standardizing on electronic invoice formats in Europe[1]. I am pleased to note that the European Commission has not been idle.  On March 11 2014, after several years of conferences, expert groups, forums and workshops, the European Parliament approved a new directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement[2].


Presentations from the Danish Government office responsible for OASIS UBL

Please find attached two presentations, kindly submitted by their author, Helle Schade-Sørensen, reflecting their assessment of the use of OASIS UBL as the document format for a nationwide einvoicing effort.

Note there is a third presentation dated 2010 "E-Invoicing in Denmark-the facts" from her and mounted publicly here: where on slide 2 she cites a savings of EUR500million over the first five years of using OASIS UBL.

European Commission Recommendation includes UBL

The European Commission's Multi-stakeholder Forum on eInvoicing unanimously approved a Recommendation calling for the Universal Business Language (UBL) Invoice to be considered in the European Standard on core invoice semantic. The Recommendation names OASIS as one of the "international organisations working on data models that cover the requirements of different industries and sectors; they are recognized and accepted globally and their standards are adopted by many actors within both the private and public sector".

Obtaining OASIS UBL 2.1 (ISO/IEC 19845:2015)

The Universal Business Language V2.1 OASIS Standard, approved 04 November 2013, is available (at no charge) here:

The ISO/IEC 19845:2015 International Standard, published 15 December 2015, is the 2013 UBL v2.1 verbatim document with an ISO/IEC cover page, and is currently available at: Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
OASIS sites: OASIS | Cover Pages | | AMQP | CGM Open | eGov | Emergency | IDtrust | LegalXML | Open CSA | OSLC | WS-I