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B2B Content Standards:  OAGIS
Open Applications Group Integration Specification

The Open Applications Group Interface Specification (OAGIS) is a widely accepted standard within the supply chain domain which specifies a standard way of passing data in and out of applications using an XML format.  Under the OAGIS standard, related information is bundled into a structure called a Business Object Document (BOD). There are over 120 BODs published.

The Open Applications Group is a non-profit consortium focusing on best practices and process based XML content for eBusiness and Application Integration.  Major vendors of ERP software and some large users of such software are among the members of OAGIS.

OAGI does not specify an implementation architecture (also called an implementation framework). Three major B2B implementation architectures have been developed to this day: RosettaNet's RNIF, Microsoft's BizTalk, and the vendor-neutral ebXML Transport and Routing Specification. They provide the basis for interoperability between different vendor and home-grown solutions alike. The OAGI policy is to be technology sensitive but not specific, and to use existing open standards when possible.

How To Locate OAGIS Version 7.1 BOD™ Documentation

You do not need to be a Open Applications Group member in order to access and download published Business Object Document (BOD) specifications, including XML DTD's and Schema.  We are unable to link directly to individual BODs because they are contained in zip files.   Likewise, we don't try on this website to keep track of the status and versions of BODs.

To access a BOD:

1.  Understanding what a BOD identifier represents.

2.  Logon to the OAGI website,

3.  On the menu, click 'Free Downloads'.

4.  Select the appropriate Version.  For example, OAGIS 7.2.1 Documentation.

5.  You will be asked to provide name, organization, e-mail address and so forth.  This will not be used to send you junk e-mail, but helps OAGI get information such as what kinds of organizations are interested in the materials, what geographical region, etc.

6.  You can choose to download a zip file containing Microsoft Word® documents or PDF documents.  Download the zip file and extract the files to the directory of your choice. 

7.  You may also wish to download XML documents.  To do so, click : The XML Resources Download page.

8.  Select the appropriate BOD.  In the specification file S1_Cover.doc or S1_Cover.pdf, you'll find a table listing the BODs.  Refer also to EIDX's index.  Locate the specification file for the BOD.  For example, if you want 003_process_po from the version 7.2.1. specification, look for the file  S3_003_process_po_007.doc or  S3_003_process_po_007.pdf.

Last updated 20 February 2003