EbXML has passed one more standards initiation test, but it remains to be seen just how quickly the information technology market will abandon their multiple proprietary formats in favor of a universal standard. On May 11, UN/CEFACT and OASIS announced that they had completed their initial work on ebXML, a universal data standard that enables companies to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes.

EbXML specifications and technical reports are available at ebxml.org. The approved specifications include ebXML Technical Architecture, Business Process Specification Schema, Registry Information Model, Registry Services, ebXML Requirements, Message Service and Collaboration-Protocol Profile and Agreement. Accepted ebXML Technical Reports include: Business Process and Business Information Analysis Overview, Business Process Analysis Worksheets & Guidelines, E-Commerce Patterns, Catalog of Common Business Processes, Core Component Overview, Core Component Discovery and Analysis, Context and Re-Usability of Core Components, Guide to the Core Components Dictionary, Naming Convention for Core Components, Document Assembly and Context Rules, Catalogue of Context Drivers, Core Component Dictionary, Core Component Structure and Technical Architecture Risk Assessment.

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