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The OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) defines a generic XML interchange format for business documents that can be restricted or extended to meet the requirements of particular industries. Specifically, UBL provides the following:
A suite of structured business objects and their associated semantics expressed as reusable data components and common business documents.
A library of XML schemas for reusable data components such as “Address”, “Item”, and “Payment”—the common data elements of everyday business documents.
A set of XML schemas for common business documents such as “Order”, “Despatch Advice”, and “Invoice” that are constructed from the UBL library components and can be used in generic procurement and transportation contexts.
This Committee Note describes the Universal Business Language version 2.1 common library and document models using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
The keywords MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHALL, SHALL NOT, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY and OPTIONAL, when they appear in this document, are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].
[CCTS] ISO/TS 15000-5:2005 Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language (ebXML)— Part 5: ebXML Core Components Technical Specification, Version 2.01 (identical to Part 8 of the ebXML Framework)
UBL 2.1 continues the practice, adopted at the beginning of the UBL effort, of creating its normative XML specifications using W3C Schema (XSD) syntax. Alternative representations of the same content are generated directly from the XSD and, with the exception of the UBL 2.1 digital signature extension, are intended to implement the same document instance constraints.
Alternative representations of the same content are technically non-normative.
The UBL 2.1 UML provides a series of class diagrams of the UBL common library and document models using Enterprise Architect from Sparx Systems. The model provided uses a UML profile based on the CCTS [CCTS] used to define the business information entities from which the normative XSD syntax is derived.
The artefacts included in this package conform to UBL 2.1 Public Review Draft 3. When this Committee Note is completed the included artefacts will conform to the final UBL 2.1.
Online and downloadable versions of this release are available from the locations specified at the top of this document.
Release of this package to the public marks the beginning of its first public review. The UBL Technical Committee actively solicits input from the user community regarding this release. See Status at the beginning of this document for procedures to be used in submitting comments to the Committee. Note that in accordance with OASIS policies regarding intellectual property, the UBL TC cannot accept input from persons outside the UBL TC (including OASIS members) unless it is submitted via the comment list.
THIS RELEASE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT IS PROVIDED FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PRODUCTION SYSTEMS.
This OASIS Committee Note is published as a zip archive in the http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/UBL-2.1-UML/v1.0/cn01/ directory. Unzipping this archive creates a directory tree containing a master DocBook XML file (UBL-2.1-UML-v1.0-cn01.xml), a generated hypertext version of this file (UBL-2.1-UML-v1.0-cn01.html), a generated PDF version of this file (UBL-2.1-UML-v1.0-cn01.pdf), and a number of subdirectories. The files in these subdirectories contain the various components of this release. A description of each subdirectory is given below. Note that while the UBL-2.1-UML-v1.0-cn01.xml file is the “original” of this specification, it may not be viewable in all currently available web browsers.
DocBook documentation support files
UBL 2.1 UML diagrams
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The following persons and companies participated as members of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee during the four years of its development (2008–2012).
|Inigo Barreira, iZenpe S.A.|
|Roger Bass, Individual|
|Oriol Bausa Peris, Individual|
|Kenneth Bengtsson, Alfa1lab|
|Georg Birgisson, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Peter Borresen, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Jon Bosak, Individual|
|Mikkel Brun, Tradeshift Network Ltd.|
|Arianna Brutti, ENEA UTT PMI|
|Andrea Caccia, AITI-Associazione Italiana Tesorieri de Impresa|
|Manuel Cano, Nexus IT|
|Sally Chan, The Boeing Company|
|William Chan, Individual|
|Roberto Cisternino, Individual|
|Anthony Coates, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Gary Cornelius, CSW Group Ltd.|
|Mavis Cournane, Cognitran|
|Robin Cover, OASIS|
|Eduardo Criado Albuixech, Eurobits Technologies|
|Juan Cruellas, Departamento de Arquitectura de Computadores, Univ Politecnica de Cataluna|
|Piero De Sabbata, ENEA UTT PMI|
|Michael Dill, Individual|
|Asuman Dogac, Individual|
|Kees Duvekot, RFS Holland Holding B.V.|
|Pim van der Eijk, Sonnenglanz Consulting|
|David Fitzpatrick, Booz Allen Hamilton|
|Martin Forsberg, Swedish Association of Local Authorities & Regions|
|Bob Glushko, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Arturo Gonzalez Mac Dowell, Eurobits Technologies|
|Stephen Green, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Michael Grimley, US Department of Defense (DoD)|
|Eduardo Gutentag, Oracle|
|Betty Harvey, Individual|
|Anne Hendry, Individual|
|Hideki Hiura, Justsystems Corporation|
|G. Ken Holman, Crane Softwrights Ltd.|
|Naomasa Hosoda, NEC Corporation|
|Julian Inza, Eurobits Technologies|
|Akihiro Kawauchi, Individual|
|Kyung-In Kim, Korea Institute for Electronic Commerce (KIEC)|
|Sung Hyuk Kim, Individual|
|Stig Korsgaard, Danish Bankers Association|
|Ram Kumar, Individual|
|John Larmouth, Individual|
|Thomas Lee, University of Hong Kong|
|Thomas Love, efoil, Inc.|
|Luis Martin-Santos, Gaia Net Exchange S.L.|
|Tim McGrath, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Brais Mendez Ferreiro, Sociedad de Explotacion de Redes Electronicas y Servicios, SA (SERES)|
|Garret Minakawa, Oracle|
|Tuncay Namli, Individual|
|Yasuyuki Nishioka, PSLX consortium|
|Dave Nurse, CSW Group Ltd.|
|Cagdas Ocalan, Middle East Technical University|
|Mark Palmer, NIST|
|Klaus Pedersen, Difi-Agency for Public Management and eGovernment|
|Sue Probert, Individual|
|Sven Rasmussen, Danish Agency for Digitisation, Ministry of Finance|
|Zarella Rendon, PTC|
|Yukinori Saito, ERP Research Corporation|
|Sacha Schlegel, Individual|
|Andrew Schoka, Individual|
|Mark Seaborne, PicoForms|
|Jose Silva, Individual|
|Ali Sinaci, Middle East Technical University|
|Kumar Sivaraman, Oracle|
|Enric Staromiejski, SOM Team|
|Paul Thorpe, OSS Nokalva|
|Karsten Tolle, Document Engineering Services Limited|
|Juerg Tschumperlin, New Zealand Ministry of Education|
|Fulya Tuncer, Middle East Technical University|
|Kenneth Vaughn, Individual|
|Vito Vavalli, AITI-Associazione Italiana Tesorieri de Impresa|
|Audun Vennesland, SINTEF|
|Catherine Williams, PISCES Ltd|
|Nigel Wooden, ACORD Corporation|
|Marcelo Yarzabal, Eurobits Technologies|
|Patrick Yee, University of Hong Kong|
|Arif Yildirim, Revenue Administration of Turkey|
|Peter Yim, Individual|
|Pine Zhang, UOML Alliance|
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