Semantics based customization of UBL document schemas

Yarimagan Y., Dogac A.

DISTRIBUTED AND PARALLEL DATABASES, vol.22, pp.107-131, 2007 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10619-007-7014-z
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-131


Universal Business Language (UBL) is an OASIS initiative to develop common business document schemas to provide document interoperability in the eBusiness domain. Since the data requirements change according to a context, UBL schemas need to be customized and UBL defines a guideline to be followed for customization of schemas. XSD derivation based customization as proposed by UBL provides syntactic interoperability, that is, an XML parser that can interpret standard UBL documents can also interpret customized UBL documents. We argue that for UBL to become mainstream, syntactic interoperability alone is not enough. It needs to be supported by semantic interoperability, that is, it must be possible for users and even automated processes to discover and reuse customizations provided by other users.