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OASIS Signs Off on ebXML Messaging Service Spec

OASIS Thursday said it has put the finishing touches on the ebXML Messaging Service Specification version 2.0 as the newest addition to the Boston-based e-business standard group's family.

Carved out by OASIS and the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). The ebXML Messaging Service standard offers a secure method for exchanging electronic business transactions over the Internet. The core infrastructure specifications of ebXML are the messaging service, the registry and repository, and the collaborative partner agreement.

Just one measure of a suite of specifications that enables enterprises all over the world to do e-business, ebXML Messaging Service v2 joins two other specifications that were recently approved as OASIS Standards, including ebXML Registry Service (RS) v2 and ebXML Registry Information Model (RIM) v2, which came to fruition in May.

ebXML Messaging Service v2 was developed by a mixture of major high-tech firms, including Commerce One, Cyclone Commerce, eXcelon, Fujitsu, GE Global Exchange, IBM, Intel, Mercator, SAP, SeeBeyond, Sonic Software, Sterling Commerce, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, webMethods, and other OASIS Contributor and Individual members.

As with all standards approve by OASIS, ebXML Messaging Service v2 was first approved by its development team as an OASIS Committee Specification. After being implemented by a minimum of three organizations, it was put through a 90-day open review before being voted upon and passed.

Ian Jones, chair of the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services Technical Committee, said OASIS would be working with related groups such as the W3C to ensure synergy.

Brian Gibb, vice chair of the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC and Director, Standards and Applied Technology for Sterling Commerce, summed up what the passage of ebXML Messaging Service means for e-business concerns.

"The ebMS 2.0 specification extends the current state of the art in secure and reliable Internet data exchange for collaborative B2B electronic commerce, most notably EDI over the Internet and business quality Web services," Gibb said. "With attention to B2B security, reliability and extensibility, it effectively bridges legacy EDI with emerging Web services-based infrastructure, technologies, interaction patterns and XML documents -- which is relevant and attractive for next generation B2B."

It is the belief of some standards experts and analysts that ebXML will someday replace Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) , one of the first methods of e-business transfer. ebXML is far more flexible than EDI. Making use of standards such as HTTP, TCP/IP, MIME, SMTP, FTP, UML, and XML, it can be used on almost any computing platform.