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1 May 2008, by , in Data Management, 1 comment

As you can see at this link, the ASAE Data Standards Committee has released a preliminary set of standards for constituent XML. According to the site,

"For those who understand XML standards, the various documents will be self-explanatory. For those not used to dealing with these types of documents, this document should provide at least a place to start as the documents are reviewed."

This work is incredibly important to making all of our lives easier when it comes to integrating multiple systems. Please review the page and the included documents and comment on them. Note that you need not be an ASAE member to comment.

 

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Amith Nagarajan - 2 May 2008 Reply

Wes, Thanks for bringing additional attention to these important standard setting efforts. Many companies, including Aptify, have been supporting the creation of these standards for some time. It is exciting that they are coming close to ratification! While the first set of standards seeking comment right now are basic in nature, they will form a foundation from which many more advanced standards can be built. We have already done a lot of work in testing these standards and will have full support for these standards in our next release. I applaud ASAE and the community at large that has been involved in driving this important effort forward. It will greatly improve the speed and reduce complexity of the most common integration points.

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