CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, was founded in 1961 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and EFTA countries.
Now CEN is contributing to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary technical standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes, and public procurement.
CEN/ISSS provides market players with a comprehensive and integrated range of standardization services and products, in order to contribute to the success of the Information Society in Europe. CEN/ISSS was created in mid-1997 by CEN (European Committee for Standardization) as the focus for its ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) activities.
ISSS (Information Society Standardization System) provides a middle way, an open process combining the tried and tested backing of the formal standardization environment with a fast, market-driven approach. CEN/ISSS draws on the best of both worlds, bridging the gap between formal and informal standardization, combining the rapid process of informal specification with the security offered by the formal open consensus of traditional standardization.
The CEN/ISSS eBES Workshop is a focal point within Europe for the standardization of technologies to exchange electronic business data. WS/eBES is the "European Entry point" for the UN-ECE/CEFACT electronic business standardization process.
WS/eBES therefore represents the European point of view in the global debate, including on the need for a multi-lingual and multi-cultural approach to B2B data interchange standardization. WS/eBES provides information about new standardized technologies in this field, and fosters their use, and contributes to the global processes defined by OASIS and UN/CEFACT, for ebXML, as well as traditional Electronic Data Interchange. In future, WS/eBES shall participate in the UN/CEFACT's new Business Collaboration Framework.
eEG7 is the European Expert Group which is dealing with the Insurance area.
EEG9 is the eBES Expert Group which is dealing with the Healthcare area.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. It serves as a regional arm of the United Nations. It ensures that regional problems are addressed at United Nations world conferences, and facilitates follow-up at the regional level. UNECE is a forum where 55 countries of North America, Western, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia come together to forge the tools of their economic cooperation.
The United Nations, through its Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), supports activities dedicated to improving the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations, from developed, developing and transitional economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively. Its principal focus is on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonisation of processes, procedures and information flows, and so contribute to the growth of global commerce.
The "place" where the Permanent Working Groups like the TBG meets semi-annually.
The International Trade and Business Process Group (TBG) is one of the UN/CEFACT’s Permanent Working Groups. It’s purpose is to be responsible for business and governmental business requirements and content. This is achieved by initiating developments in the areas of process analysis, best practices, and international trade procedures. Where appropriate the UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology is used to support the development of trade facilitation and electronic business solutions.
TBG8 is the Trade Group for Insurance.
TBG10 is the Trade Group for Healthcare.
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 4,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.
ebXML was started in 1999 as an initiative of OASIS and the United Nations/ECE agency CEFACT. The original project envisioned and delivered five layers of substantive data specification, including XML standards for:
- Business processes
- Core data components
- Collaboration protocol agreements
- Registries and repositories
ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises of any size and in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet. Using ebXML, companies now have a standard method to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes.