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UBL German Localization Subcommittee formed

The OASIS UBL German Localization Subcommittee (DELSC) has been formed. The DELSC joins already existing Chinese, Danish, Italian,Japanese, Korean, and Spanish UBL Localization Subcommittees at OASIS. Qualified German-speaking business experts interested in creating the German version of the UBL Data Dictionary should contact the chair, Karsten Tolle.

Crane Softwrights Ltd. UBL Training and Consulting

Crane Softwrights Ltd. offers Universal Business Language (UBL) training and consulting to clients worldwide.

Royal Bank of Scotland Selects Accountis for E-Invoicing

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is implementing technology from Fundtech-subsidiary Accountis to provide bank-branded electronic invoicing services to its corporate customers. The Accountis platform uses UBL standards for its documents. RBS has signed a multi-year contract for Accountis's electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) technology which it will use to provide VAT-compliant e-invoicing services to corporate customers in the UK.

European eProcurement Capabilities Survey Available Online

The eProcurement Forum, the DG Internal Market and Services and IDABC e-Invoicing and e-Ordering project of the European Commission and the CEN Workshop on Business Interoperability Interfaces for Public Procurement are inviting European organizations to complete their eProcurement online questionnaire.

Swedish Government e-Invoicing Status

June 12th 2008

The Swedish National Financial Management Authority has published a press release regarding status for e-invoicing in Swedish government. Sweden's Svefaktura is a profile of UBL.


Most important is that 205 out of 221 agencies can send and receive e-invoices today. Workplans are in place for adopting new routines, connecting suppliers and preparing for the entire be-procurement business process.


US Department of Transport using UBL and web services to create a Freight Information Highway.

The Electronic Freight Management (EFM) initiative is a US Department of Transport sponsored project that applies Web technologies that improve data and message transmissions between supply chain partners.

EFM uses UBL documents and a federated set of web services to create an exciting new platform for tracking freight through a supply chain.

The CEFM (Columbus EFM) project is a test recently concluded using an existing supply chain. For details see the web site below.

UBL Technical Committee Plans for a Minor Release (UBL 2.1) in April 2009

The OASIS UBL Technical Committee is currently working on the next point release, UBL 2.1.

Due out in April 2009, UBL 2.1 will feature improvements to transportation documents, new document types for etendering, and expanded support for data input and reporting. Significantly, it will also include a mapping to the UN/CEFACT Core Component Library (08B).

UBL 2.1 documents will be backward compatible with UBL 2.0 documents. This means there is an opportunity to add information requirements from other contributors (such as you?).

NIST Releases XML Schema Quality of Design Tool

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a new release of the XML Schema Quality of Design Tool (QOD) from the Manufacturing Engineering Lab. "QOD assists in consistently using XML Schema for the specification of information. QOD is intended for both people developing guidelines for writing high quality XML schemas and those writing XML schemas. The purpose of QOD is to improve the quality of the XML schemas. The system allows users to define rules for writing quality XML Schemas and to test schemas against those rules.

OASIS announces approval of UBL 2.0 Errata 01

Members of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee approved UBL 2.0 Errata 01 after completion of the required public review. The consortium congratulates all those who contributed to this accomplishment.

Read the complete announcement from OASIS.

Crane Softwrights: UBL International Data Dictionary in genericode format

This resource is a conversion of UBL 2.0 International Data Dictionary (IDD) spreadsheet files of various languages into OASIS genericode files. Each spreadsheet of each language's localization is converted to a genericode file. In addition, all of the languages are aggregated into a single genericode file for the localization information of each UBL 2.0 document model. User interfaces for programs and other multilingual applications may find it helpful to have some or all of the UBL IDD localization information in a generic keyed-table XML vocabulary.

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