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There has been a lot of activity in the last few years around using XML for interenterprise application integration.  This is just a partial listing of some of the more significant efforts and links.

Standards Approaches - Industry Standards and Proprietary

  • ebXML - The UN/CEFACT and OASIS sponsored effort to develop an XML based infrastructure for Business to Business commerce. Work began in November, 1999, and Version 1.0 was completed in May, 2001. The work is being continued under the auspices of the sponsoring organizations.  UN/CEFACT took responsibility for the work of the Business Process and Core Component teams, while OASIS took over the work of the Transport, Routing, and Packaging (TRP), Registry and Repository, and Trading Partner (CPA/CPP) teams.
  • UN/CEFACT - After a lengthy reorganization, the CEFACT Forum finally started work on XML in the fall of 2002. The Core Components Technical Specification was finally approved in as a CEFACT standard in 2004, and an initial catalog of Core Components was released in 2006. I anticipate that the first business document XML schemas will be released in 2007. (Thus taking them six years after ebXML 1.0.).
  • ANSI ASC X12 - X12's work is finally moving forward again after having been on hold pending completion of the ebXML effort. The work began with an ad hoc working group with members of X12 (primarily from the Communications and Controls Subcommittee), the XML/EDI Group, and CommerceNet. This group started work early in 1998 with the goal of bringing X12 semantics into XML. A White Paper was completed in August 1998, but many found it deficient for implementation. The White Paper and my commentary are available on DISA's web server on the X12C Documents page. The work was then moved into a standing X12 task group (C/TG3 Architecture Task Group of the Communications and Controls Subcommittee), which in the fall of 1999 completed an X12 Technical Report on an experimental approach for representing X12 syntax in XML. In the fall of 2001 TG3 started work on an XML design project that was intended to be the framework for X12's future technical direction in XML. That work was completed and approved in September of 2003 as an X12 Technical Report, "Reference Model for XML Design". The work progressed to a standard, X12.7 - "Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA) Technical Spefication and XML Syntax Representation", which was approved in June of 2004. X12's first XML-based messages were approved in June of 2005.
  • OASIS - The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.  Originally founded in 1993 as SGML Open, it changed to OASIS and gained prominence in 1998 as interest in XML grew.  OASIS is now continuing the development of most of the ebXML technical infrastructure, and has a number of other very interesting projects. One of them is UBL a project to develop a set of schemas for common business documents, consistent with the ebXML framework. It used Commerce One's xCBL as a starting point, and produced a small set of messages related to supply chain. Work is continuing.
  • Open Applications Group - A consortium developing XML standards for integrating MRP and other intra-enterprise applications
  • RosettaNet - The XML based standards originating from the IT supply chain.
  • Schools Interoperability Framework - An XML based framework for integrating applications for K - 12
  • xCBL - Originally developed by Veo Systems, and later owned by Commerce One.
  • Commerce XML (cXML) - A development of Sterling Commerce and Ariba Systems.

Other Related Links

  • XML - For information about the Extensible Markup Language.
  • XML/EDI - The XML/EDI Group's homepage
Last updated July 2006.