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Agenda for Atlantic UBL TC call 15 May 2024 14:00UTC

  • 1.  Agenda for Atlantic UBL TC call 15 May 2024 14:00UTC

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    Agenda for Atlantic UBL TC call 15 May 2024 14:00UTC


    Atlantic: 09:00MSP/10:00Ottawa/14:00UTC/16:00Europe


    Conferencing info


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    Referencing the specification


    One of the following should be used as a specific citation:

    OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) v2.4

    OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) v2.3

    OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) v2.2

    OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) v2.1 (ISO/IEC 19845:2015)

    The following would be used for a general (any version) citation:

    OASIS UBL (ISO/IEC 19845)

    The canonical 2.4 documents are available in the OASIS repository:


    The canonical 2.3 documents are available in the OASIS repository:


    The canonical 2.2 documents are available in the OASIS repository:


    The canonical 2.1 documents are available in the OASIS repository:


    The ISO/IEC catalogue entry for UBL 2.1 is found at:


    The ISO/IEC document and attachments for UBL 2.1 are found at:



    Standing items


    Additions to events calendar - http://ubl.xml.org/events

    Anything to add?


    Wikipedia page

    Updates and maintenance of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Business_Language


    Review of Atlantic call minutes

    Minutes available under "Discussion" in the new Community Workspace: https://groups.oasis-open.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer?communitykey=556949c8-dac8-40e6-bb16-018dc7ce54d6


    Membership status review



    New member orientation information:



    Voting status is determined by the following:

    existing voting members must not miss two consecutive meetings to maintain voting status

    non-voting members must attend two consecutive meetings to obtain voting status

    members formally on leave by prior request must not attend and their voting status is not impacted


    After the shift to the new system, the TC is no longer able to maintain the roster on the OASIS website. The list below is therefore the definitive and authoritative record of voting rights. Current UBL TC voting member list (alphabetical):


    Todd Albers

    Member of X9, X12 B2X, ISO 20022 Payment SEG, OASIS BDXR, and convenor of the Business Payments Coalition e-Invoice work groups

    Craig Atkinson

    Kenneth Bengtsson

    Chair OASIS BDXR TC, Observer OASIS ebXML, DK Expert UN/CEFACT

    Erlend Klakegg Bergheim

    Member OASIS BDXR, Member OASIS ebXML Core & MS, Member CEN/TC434/WS8

    Peter Borresen

    DK Member CEN/TC440, Convenor CEN/TC440/WG7

    Andrea Caccia

    Michael Coletta

    Paul Donohoe

    Kees Duvekot

    Member OASIS BDXR, Member of the NEN TC 434

    Sander Fieten

    Cochair OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC, Cochair OASIS BDXR TC

    Ken Holman

    Member OASIS BDXR, member OASIS Code List Representation TC

    Yves Jordan

    Ole Madsen

    DK Member CEN/TC440

    Natalie Muric


    Members gaining voting status after this meeting:

    Wim Kok


    Members losing voting status after this meeting:

    Ken Holman


    TC Vitality Check

    The TC must next appoint or reappoint chair(s) in January 2025.

    Next TC vitality check must be made in January 2025.


    ICC Standards Presentation


    Updated entry to the UNESCAP database: https://www.digitalizetrade.org/implementation-instrument/universal-business-language-ubl


    Craig will liaise to get the date of publishment updated once 2.4 is approved as OASIS Standard.


    Budapest Face-to-face Meeting


    Tentative agenda posted here: https://groups.oasis-open.org/discussion/tentative-agenda-for-the-may-27-to-may-30-ubl-face-to-face-meeting#bmc5fb8cc7-d648-437a-a95e-31675fa824d3


    UBL 2.4


    Public review of UBL 2.4 as candidate OASIS Standard has been published and will run until May 26. Announcement: https://www.oasis-open.org/2024/04/02/invitation-to-comment-on-universal-business-language-v2-4-before-call-for-consent-as-oasis-standard/


    Comments must be submitted to the email address:


    and can be viewed here:



    UBL 2.5


    Deprecation Policy


    The TC has approved a UBL Deprecation Policy version 1.0 available here:

    https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/document.php?document_id=71497&wg_abbrev=ubl (PDF)

    https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/document.php?document_id=71496&wg_abbrev=ubl (ODT)


    Publishing tools


    Implement deprecation support in the UBL tools and publishing environment.


    Erlend has presented a strawman proposal for a YAML-format for documenting 2.5 work: https://github.com/klakegg/oasis-ubl-model. Agreed that the functionality added by a structured format adds value, not least when adding the complexity of deprecated components. A "front end" layer will be needed for business users to maintain the files.


    Master spreadsheets for UBL 2.5 are available here:

    Library elements: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18o1YqjHWUw0-s8mb3ja4i99obOUhs-4zpgso6RZrGaY/

    Document elements: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1024Th-Uj8cqliNEJc-3pDOR7DxAAW7gCG4e-pbtarsg/


    Ken has created a list of changes based on Definition and Cardinality that can be used to populate the "Last change" column: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/202401/msg00013.html. Kenneth will work on updating the spreadsheet models.


    Workgroup participants: Erlend and Kees.


    Semantic library review


    Documents reviewed by the TC:







    UBL 2.5 issues:


    UBL-357, Circularity and ESG Information elements, and DPP:


    See also: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/202401/msg00018.html

    The TC agrees that UBL shall facilitate the requirements of the digital product passport. A new Product Passport document type will be developed for UBL 2.5.

    Peter and Kenneth are attending WBCSD packaging workshop meetings.

    Agreed that the UBL TC is interested in establishing a formal liaison if there is mutual interest from the WBCSD.

    Work is related to DPP and other activities, such as https://environment.ec.europa.eu/topics/waste-and-recycling/packaging-waste_en

    The final text of the EU eco-design regulation is available here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2024-0303_EN.html

    UBL-375, Standardize use of ApplicationResponse, DocumentStatus, EnquiryResponse, DocumentStatusRequest, and Enquiry:


    Identified that the use of ApplicationResponse in the Billing diagrams (figures 77, 78 and 79) is incorrect. Kenneth will open a separate ticket.

    UBL-376, Deprecate AttachedDocument document type:


    UBL-377, new InvoiceResponse document type:


    UBL-380, deprecate Freight Invoice:


    UBL-379, deprecate Bill of Lading:


    UBL-378, remove links from non-normative examples:


    UBL-381, review Party ABIE:


    UBL-382, new End User Party:


    UBL-383, review supplementary components:

    Agreed to review supplementary components at our next face-to-face meeting, i.e., the XML attributes listed here: https://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/cs01-UBL-2.4/UBL-2.4.html#T-UBL-UNQUALIFIED-DATA-TYPES



    Can we make a tool that users can run in their local environments to create a report about the use of supplementary components?

    Creating a stylesheet to extract the information is simple, but how do we get it out to the users? And what will we use the results for?

    Peter will contact users of UBL to assess how much information we would be able to harvest.


    Specification review


    Divide specification into multiple parts. Aim is to create a multipart specification.


    Kenneth will identify the normative parts of the prose specification and create a first draft.


    Workgroup participants: Kees, Kenneth, Levine, and Paul.


    JSON syntax binding


    Develop specification for a UBL JSON syntax binding.


    Workgroup participants: Erlend and Kenneth.


    Subcommittee reports


    UBL Post-award


    Anything to report?


    UBL Pre-award


    The Pre-award SC will be meeting next time May 22 at 16.00. The main agenda item is to review pre-award information items to identify opportunities for streamlining and deprecation of items ahead of face-to-face meeting.


    Anything to report?


    UBL Transportation Subcommittee (TSC)


    The TSC met March 5, 2024. Discussion about deprecating Freight Invoice, and Waybill or Bill of Lading. Peter will send out meeting minutes.


    The TSC will meet before the face-to-face meeting. Peter has proposed either Friday 17 at 11:00 CEST or Tuesday 21 at 10:00 CEST, see: https://groups.oasis-open.org/discussion/ubl-tsc-meeting.


    Anything to report?


    Organisation Master Data Subcommittee


    Anything to report?


    Payments and Finance SC


    Anything to report?


    Commodities SC


    Anything to report?


    TC Liaisons


    CEN TCs 434 and 440


    Agreed at the Copenhagen face-to-face meeting that the UBL TC is open to establish a formal liaison with CEN TC 434 to create a European or international standard for electronic invoicing, if there is an interest from the CEN TC.


    OASIS has reported that there is an agreement on a way forward. The TC has agreed to appoint Wim Kok liaison officer to the CEN TC 434, and Peter Borresen as liaison officer to the CEN TC 440, as recorded here: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/202301/msg00017.html. The appointments have been communicated to OASIS.


    ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 32/WG 1


    Decision to appoint Andrea as liaison representative between ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 32 and the TC recorded here: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/202007/msg00014.html


    Last year's SC 32 meeting was held on June 2022. OASIS should have been following up with the SC 32 secretariat last year but still no progress. Jamie will follow up with SC 32.


    ISO TC 323 (WG5)


    Decision to appoint Andrea as liaison representative between ISO TC 323 (WG5) and the TC recorded here: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/202402/msg00004.html


    Subcommittee conference calls


    Subcommittees will be meeting on an as-required basis.


    TC conference call schedule


    Face-to-face meeting


    Time and venue for next face-to-face meeting?


    Spring meeting:

    Budapest, May 27-30, 2024.


    Fall meeting:

    Confirmed that Logius will host us in The Hague November 11-14, 2024.


    Call schedule


    Agreed to temporarily suspend the Pacific calls while we have no participants from the Pacific region. Pacific calls will be reinstated upon request from any TC member.



    Pacific: Canceled

    Atlantic: 09:00MSP/10:00Ottawa/14:00UTC/16:00Europe



    2024-05-27 to 2024-05-30

    UBL TC meeting in Budapest

    Face-to-face and online




    Pacific: Canceled

    Atlantic: 09:00MSP/10:00Ottawa/14:00UTC/16:00Europe


    Pacific: Canceled

    Atlantic: 09:00MSP/10:00Ottawa/14:00UTC/16:00Europe


    Pacific: Canceled

    Atlantic: 09:00MSP/10:00Ottawa/14:00UTC/16:00Europe


    TC calendar




    iCal subscription link: http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup_feeds/ical/my_vcalendar.ics?token=fa658a7994a6cefb10c10be09e139af3&workgroup_id=50


    Other business


    As comes forward


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