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Support for Electronic Business Document Interoperability from new OASIS Committee

The OASIS Semantic Support for Electronic Business Document Interoperability (SET) Technical Committee has had its first meeting on Friday 11th July.

The OASIS SET TC aims to specify semantic mechanisms to achieve interoperability among document standards based of UN/CEFACT CCTS used in B2B, B2G and G2G applications by continuing work initiated by the iSURF Project in three respects:

i. Semantic Support for Context Domains

ii. Semantic Support for Customization of Core Components and Business Document Schemas

Crane Softwrights Ltd.: Free UBL 2.0 Invoice to PDF and HTML

January 2011 update:  This free library has been updated with new invocation features for formatting and with the embedding of the input UBL XML inside of the output PDF in XMP metadata.  Free tools from Crane's web site can be used to extract the UBL out of the PDF.

December 2008:

Crane Softwrights Ltd.'s free library to print a UBL 2.0 Invoice to PDF and HTML now supports box labels in 14 languages: Bosnian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak and Spanish.


European Commission launches pilot for e-Invoicing and e-Ordering

A pilot project has been launched to setup an e-Invoicing and e-Ordering system between the European Commission and a number of suppliers.

The IDABC e-Invoicing and e-Ordering project started in the summer of 2007 as a joint initiative from the Commission's DG MARKT and DIGIT. The overall project objective is to contribute to the use of electronic invoicing in the public sector in line with the objectives of the i2010 e-Government action plan and the e-Procurement action plan.

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?).
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