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9 January 2020


Did you know that the term WikiWiki is Hawaiian for “fast; quick.” At HR Open, we use Wiki for collaborative editing of our documentation. HR Open is a global community of volunteers, dispersed throughout numerous time zones, so we can’t always communicate through conference calls.

The process for developing standards for a particular domain include:

  • Overview: this ensures everyone understands the purpose and scope of the project
  • Define the Actors: systems or roles that communicate to each other via the standard
  • Use Cases: stories of the business process and where the standards will be utilized; can include actors, diagrams, and sample data
  • Throughout the whole process we define terminology and implementation guidelines


All of this documentation helps business analysts understand the process and implementers develop their products using the standards much more quickly. Keep in mind, this is a collaborative process, so the finished product is a standard that has years of knowledge and experience behind it.

Once the workgroup has completed the project, the Wiki is converted into online documentation available to the public for free.

If you’d like to learn more about our workgroup process or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.

9 January 2020


Stop by and say hi to the HR Open team at booth #758. Meet our Board Members who are real-life practitioners and executors of the standards. Talk to one of our staff members who can answer all your questions about standards. Learn about how our standards have been downloaded by over 50,000 organizations including Walmart, SAP, Microsoft, and Accenture. To set up a meeting contact Kim today, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Need more reasons to visit Booth #758?

Established Standards

  • Build your product with industry standards baked in from the start
  • Use data models developed by thousands of HR Tech veterans

Gain Credibility

  • Use your knowledge to improve industry standards
  • Expand your company recognition by large organizations
  • Be on the same page with market leaders

Be Competitive

  • Simplify integrations with other vendors
  • Reduce integration costs

Speed to Market

  • Increase the scope and variety of the companies with which you can integrate
  • Shorten your time to market


  • Develop and strengthen relationships with your strategic partners
  • Have a seat at the table with HR thought leaders

Marketing Value

  • Visibility to HR Technology companies including start-up, established, government, and non-profit organizations
  • Presence on HR Open website and other communications
  • Showcase HR Open membership on your website and in communication with your prospects
  • Marketing opportunities within HR Open community to improve lead generation

As the industry’s leading independent event for 20+ years, HR Tech features an unrivaled cutting-edge agenda for HR and IT professionals from businesses of all sizes!

9 January 2020


Github is a great developer and collaboration tool, especially for HR Open’s distributed standards development projects. Although HR Open uses Github as intended, we wanted to share some notes on our usage guidelines within the workgroups.

Every workgroup is created based on a domain and each domain has its own repository. A complete list of domain repositories includes:

  • Assessments
  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Common*
  • Interviewing
  • Payroll
  • Referrals
  • Screening
  • Timecard
  • TSC Repositories*
  • Wellness

* Managed by the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), these repositories are used for technical guidelines, tools, and other TSC related work.

The Common repository contains all of the shared information between the other domains. For example, all base data types (identifier, indicator, date, etc.) and all structures (person name, communication, organization, etc.) common to the workgroups are stored here to allow reuse of the shared components. This eliminates the need for multiple, similar structures and reduces development and maintenance time. So, before you create a new data type, check out the common repository to see if we already have the content!

Within each repository, we typically have a WIP folder for documentation and minutes, a JSON folder, and an XML folder. Within the two schema folders, you will find the noun and reusable schema, a top-level schema containing a list of all domain nouns, and a sample folder of all domain instances.


All workgroup members have read/write access to their domain repository and read access to the common repository. The TSC have read/write access to all repositories. Once the standards have been approved, they are released to the public for free.

If you’d like to learn more about our repositories or want to get involved, contact Kim Bartkus.

9 January 2020


HR Open Standards is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the JDX JobSchema+ Project. The Chamber Foundation recently announced the public feedback period is open on the project which looks to significantly evolve the existing data standard for job postings. HR Open is proud to be working on this project that will support more diverse hiring needs and in-demand skills and competencies in a modern workplace. This project closely relates to HR Open Standards mission to enable innovation in the HR Technology Industry by providing a turnkey solution to the problem of data exchange.

In today’s talent marketplace, data is king. However, in order to organize, manage, and share data effectively we need a solid foundation of interoperable data standards starting with data on jobs. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to partner with HR Open Standards to update and improve the JobPosting Schema, leverage it as part of the Job Data Exchange (JDX), and make the data the results from it more shareable with credentialing organizations and learners through the T3 Innovation Network.” – Jason Tysko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The JDX JobSchema+ expands and improves upon the JobPosting Schema, a widely-deployed schema in the employment context. Evolving and modernizing the existing standard is central to the success of the JDX initiative, which aims to deliver real-time labor market data to the stakeholders of the talent marketplace direct from employers.

“HR Open Standards has been developing and evolving well-adopted schemas to support recruiting since 1999. Our partnership with the Chamber Foundation will support the expansion of these standards to better signal accurate job requirements, support discovery of these job requirements to job seekers, and to help match candidates’ skills, knowledge and abilities to the true job requirements. We are excited about this collaboration” – Andrew Cunsolo, President of HR Open Standards Consortium

HR Open Standards Consortium looks forward to our continued partnership with the Chamber Foundation to evolve the standards and improve support for education and government organizations. In addition, we are participating on the JDX Advisory Council, making the expertise and experience in our Consortium available to the industry in new and exciting ways.

9 January 2020


HR Open Standards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. We want to share some of our milestones with you and show you how we got to be the only independent, non-profit, volunteer-led organization dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of specifications to enable human resource related data exchanges.

HR Open Standards: A Timeline

1999 |Formation: First discussion about formation of a consortium in Alexandria, VA which results in HR-XML Consortium Inc. being organized in December 1999

2000 |1st Meeting: First HR-XML meeting in January. HR-XML releases DTD specification for Recruiting and Benefits

2001 |HR-XML: August 2001 released first XML standards

2003 |Product Certification: HR-XML introduces its first Product Certification Program

2003 |Additional Releases: Release HR-XML 2.0 and 2.5 Standards

2009 |HR-XML 3.0: Release HR-XML 3.0 and specifications

2012 |Online Training: Announce online training courses to support growing adoptions

2013 |1st JSON: Release JSON lightweight recruiting standard

2014 |HR Open Standards: Consortium changes name to reflect complete openness and not limit to XML

2015 |JSON 4.0: Candidate HR-JSON 4.0 Standards (timecards and wellness)

2016 |Individual Certifications: Individual Certificate Program to further interoperability and satisfactions with HR OS standards

2018 |JSON Fully Supported: HR-JSON 4.1 Standards (Assessments, Benefits, Compensations, Interviewing, Recruiting, Screening, Timecard, Wellness)

2019 |New Workgroups: Employer and Earning Record, Contingent Staffing, Learner Record.

We continue to add more workgroups and projects to provide the best services and standards to the HR industry. Thank you to all the members, volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors who have contributed to the Standards over the last 20 years!

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9 January 2020


Every year HR Open Standards recognizes outstanding volunteers and their contributions within our workgroups. These volunteers are behind-the-scenes standards (and magic) creators. Thank you to everyone that participates in our workgroups. This year we’re pleased to present our Star Volunteer award to Usha Vedula of ADP and David Brunswold of Discovery Benefits. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!


UshaVedulaUsha Vedula is a Principal Application Developer at ADP with over 13 years of experience designing and developing software systems for Human Capital Management. Usha is currently working on integrating external benefit carriers with the Work Force Now platform. As a member of the Benefits workgroup, she contributed to the 4.1 standard release and focuses on adding support for plan setup and spending account enrollments.

Usha holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University.



Dave-BrunsvoldDave Brunsvold is the Manager of Professional Services at Discovery Benefits LLC with 12 years of experience in the pre-tax spending account and COBRA industries.

Dave contributed to HR Open as a member of the Benefits workgroup for the 4.1 release, enhancing the ability for HR Open to support spending account integrations.


9 January 2020


HR Open Standards has the privilege of working with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) on two projects; the T3 Innovation Network and the Job Data Exchange (JDX). These closely related projects align to the mission of HR Open Standards, which enables innovation in the HR Technology Industry by providing a turnkey solution to the problem of data exchange.

“In today’s talent marketplace, data is king. However, in order to organize, manage, and share data effectively we need a solid foundation of inter-operable data standards starting with data on jobs. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to partner with HR Open Standards to update and improve the JobPosting Schema, leverage it as part of the Job Data Exchange (JDX), and make the data that results from it more shareable with credentialing organization and learners through the T3 Innovation Network” 

-Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

As part of the T3 Innovation Network, HR Open has been able to work alongside the USCCF and its other partners to discuss and brainstorm solutions to problems that challenge both our members and the country at large. Together, we are bringing technical solutions to the dual challenge of the Skills Gap and the Talent Gap that is facing America. These gaps are making it difficult for employers to fill many positions, and has made the need for efficient and effective technical solutions all the more urgent.

An extension of the T3 Innovation Network, the JDX is a real-world technical solution to the communication barriers that exists between employers, government, and educational institutions. Rather than introduce an additional standard into the industry, the JDX aims to leverage the standards that already exist (namely HR Open Standards JSON specification and in order to provide a cooperative environment where data can be exchanged easily between multiple organizations. This will allow State, Federal, Education, and Private Sector forces to communicate effectively and focus their development resources on solving the employment challenges that face America.

As we move into 2019, the HR Open Standards Consortium looks forward to our continued partnership with the USCCF to evolve the standards in 2019 and improve support for education and government organizations. In addition, we are participating on the JDX Advisory Council, making the expertise and experience in our consortium available to the industry in new and exciting ways.

9 January 2020


Representatives from HR Open were invited by the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Chris Liddell, to participate in a conversation discussing bipartisan issues on the state of the job market.

Technology players and organizations such as Google, LinkedIn, US Chamber of Commerce, Council on Foreign Relations, Markle Foundation, CareJourney (Veterans), ITI, Lumina Foundation, and World Economic Forum came together to discuss the state of the job market.

Their conversations looked at what current and practical initiatives are happening in the marketplace to help the American worker upscale and how the government can get involved. The discussion centered around how a bipartisan committee can help make the process easier for the average worker through funding, legislation, and leadership.

Participants determined that there should be universally adopted standards . Through this Roundtable, different parties will have a platform to talk to each other, making it easier to implement standards and critical initiatives throughout various organizations.

As a standards organization, HR Open is dedicated to the implementation of HR data standards throughout various industries. Currently, HR Open Standards is working with the US Chamber of Commerce on the Job Data Exchange (JDX) project which, “improves how clearly employers communicate their hiring needs to workforce development partners and educators across the country” and the T3 Innovation Network that “is exploring the emerging technologies and standards in the talent marketplace to better align student, workforce, and credentialing data with the needs of the new economy.”

We understand the importance of having open forums where various organizations can come together to discuss the future of their industry. We’re honored to be a member of these Roundtable discussions and will continue to participate in future sessions and encourage broader engagement.

9 January 2020


How will our SearchDocument criteria will help you search through resumes?

There are many choices available when searching for a candidate – job boards, staffing agencies, resume databases – just to name a few. How do you search through the various database systems and how often do you receive accurate results that are relevant to your open position?

At HR Open Standards our recruiting workgroup is working on a SearchDocument schema to help take the guess work out of your resume parsing, saving you time, and providing you with the tools to find a perfect candidate!

What is a SearchDocument schema? A SearchDocument provides a way for one system, such as an Application Tracking Systems, to request matching candidates for a query against another system, such as a Job Board or Resume Bank. Our schema allows for your products to have a more stringent and accurate integration between the two systems. For you, this means less time checking multiple sources for accuracy or more time to evaluate your top candidates.speech bubble


You receive a requisition for a new position opening with specific qualifications for years of experience, location, and education. You open your recruiting application and enter the search criteria; the SearchDocument calls one or more of the appropriate resume database systems and returns with a consolidated list of candidates based on your criteria, along with a summary of information on each candidate. Once you review the list of candidates you’re able to retrieve the full candidate details.

Our standards allow save you time by completing the manual search results and returns more accurate candidate results. This allows you more time to evaluate the right candidates through interviews and work samples.

The recruiting workgroup has previously released standards based on:

  • The Candidate: specifications which define a set of information about an applicant, prospective employee, or resource.
  • Position Opening: used within many recruiting processes and relied upon by multiple trading partners in the course of the recruitment lifecycle

Learn more about When A.I. Meets HR: Data, Trends & the Future of Recruiting from Somen Mondal’s 2018 Annual Meeting presentation here.

Have more questions about how HR Open Standards can help your candidate search product or service? Become a member to join the work group or post a question on our forum.

9 January 2020


Why is it important to have standardized interview integrations? What does it do?

Standardizing the data exchanged between systems during the interview process increases productivity, improves the interviewees experience, and reduces data errors.

The purpose of the HR Open Interviewing Standard is to define communications that occur between the interviewing tool, the ATS/CRA, interviewer, and the candidate. Our case studies provide descriptions on ordering and scheduling the interview, questions to ask (without an interviewer) and how to process the result.

Currently, our interview work group is working on Synchronous Use Cases including the following:

  • Order Synchronous Interview
  • Schedule Synchronous Interview
  • Order Synchronous Interview for Preplanned Event
  • Synchronous Interview Cancel or Reschedule Request

In our last newsletter we discussed the process of Ordering a Synchronous Interview. The next step is Scheduling the Synchronous Interview; here the recruiter has found the perfect candidate and identifies the exact time and date for the interview, the interviewers, and the candidate. This triggers the recruiter to the system user interface where the system verifies it has all the information needed to order the interview and will create the interview request. The interviewing (or requesting) system handles interview participant communication and invites the interview participant to the interview.

Learn more about HR Open Interviewing, including previously released Asynchronous information on our website.

The interview work group meets weekly to develop the standards for the case systems. If you’re interested in joining any of these groups please contact us at