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This is a portal to information and expertise for ISO/IEC 19845(external link), the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) Standard(external link), with a focus on North American businesses, organizations and governmental jurisdictions. This information is provided to the community without obligation or encumbrance. If you would like to see information on this site you cannot find, please contact and let us know.

Do you need to publish/exchange your business information in XML?

Use the ISO-standard OASIS UBL XML/XSD document models for free!

Procurement Categories - click on any category to see all Procurement documents
Transportation Categories - click on any category to see all Transportation documents
Improve your supply-chain or transportation document processing (invoices, purchase orders, transportation status, etc.) by:
  1. improving the timeliness of sending, receiving and responding to business documents by reducing human interaction;
  2. improving the accuracy of information in business documents by using an electronic representation;
  3. improving the return on investment in electronic document technology by using international standards; and
  4. improving the impact on the environment by removing the reliance on using paper.
Each of these improvements saves money for governments (of all levels), industries and companies (large and small) around the world.

OASIS UBL is the internationally-standardized ISO/IEC 19845, a specification for a suite of common business documents (invoices, purchase orders, waybills, etc.) and a concrete XML syntax (using XSD or RNC) for expressing those documents in a machine-readable format. It is flexible enough to include your own business objects and XML syntax as extensions. It is structured in such a way that you can make your own business documents utilizing a common library of business objects.

ISO/IEC 19845 / OASIS UBL is not owned by any application vendor, it is owned by the not-for-profit consortium Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards(external link) and developed by the Universal Business Language Technical Committee(external link). UBL can be downloaded for free and without encumbrances and without having to register in advance or even notify OASIS or ISO of its use. It can be used by commercial products. It can be used by private projects, internal or public. The two normative parts of UBL are the semantic definitions of the components and the W3C Schema expressions.

As a reassurance to users and to developers that UBL can be used safely and without future obligation, the OASIS copyright expressly states "The limited permissions granted above are perpetual and will not be revoked by OASIS or its successors or assigns." Please see the complete copyright text for further details.

The ISO/IEC 19845:2015(external link) package is simply the OASIS UBL 2.1(external link) package with an ISO cover page at the beginning of the PDF file. The OASIS directory has the canonical files that were went to ISO for packaging.

Mr. Jon Bosak, former co-chair of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee (TC) and internationally-recognized "Father of XML", published this executive summary of UBL 2.1(external link) evoking a strong and enthusiastic OASIS member voter turnout.

Mr. Tim McGrath, former co-chair of the OASIS UBL TC published this reasoning for creating an international e-document standard(external link).

Mr. G. Ken Holman, current chair of the OASIS UBL TC and a resident in North America published Open specifications open marketplaces!(external link) in an attempt to persuade the Canadian and US Governments to abandon traditional approaches of specifying procurement applications in favour of the European example of specifying business interoperability interfaces instead.

As of September 2017, the U.S. Federal Reserve is looking into the "next steps" of e-invoicing XML business document standards(external link).

In November 2017, Mr. Holman published the essay Wake up, Canada, to the US Fed supported BPC and standardized electronic invoicing!(external link) with the opinion that Canadian banks, companies and governments should join the Business Payments Coalition, supported by the US Federal Reserve, to collaboratively define a single standards-based e-invoicing interoperability framework for use across all business in both countries.

UBL Information link) - a public portal for information regarding UBL including articles, products, events, etc. link) - the OASIS UBL Technical Committee

UBL Ecosystem
Contact these ecosystem member companies (listed alphabetically) for assistance in any aspect of UBL and its implementations:

Crane Softwrights Ltd.(external link)
Cyberspace Industries 2000 Inc.(external link)

This link) site was founded and is run by a commercial ecosystem of cooperating companies offering products, services, training and resources related to UBL. While our primary market is focused on North America, we can help you find someone or help you ourselves regardless of where in the world you need our assistance.

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