Written by: Steve Lay
I have been involved with the technical standards community for many years and was first introduced to HR-XML over ten years ago. I was working on standards for learning systems (with a particular interest in assessment) and the various consortia representing different industry sectors were just beginning to colaborate to prevent duplication of effort. I later worked, briefly, as the liaison between some of the working groups of the IMS Global Learning Consoritium and HR-XML.
Written by: Dave Connelly
There is a tremendous new website resource available to all called “Standards Boost Business.”
This website is hosted by the American National Standards Institute and does an excellent job of describing how standards boost business by streamlining, speeding up, and saving money for organizations.
The website describes a concept called Strategic Standardization. The website goes on to tell us that according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, standards and conformity assessment impact more than 80% of global commodity trade. From design and manufacturing to distribution and marketing, all aspects of your industry’s products and services are affected at some point by standardization.
Written by: Jasper Roes
Since the start of SETU in 2007, SETU has been active in customizing the international HR-XML standard for use in the flexible staffing industry in the Netherlands. A lot of work has been done in the nearly five years that the SETU exists. Standards were developed to exchange requests for quotes, offers, assignments, timecards, and invoices. These SETU standards define the information that is exchanged, while the technical format for the exchange is the HR-XML 2.5 standards.
Prior to the HR-XML 3.0 Candidate schema, the Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) developed its own internal XML schema to store and edit Europass CV using their website CV editor. Starting 2008, they have published free opensource tools such as XML transformation sheet to help cross interoperability with the HR-XML candidate specifications (v2.5 as well as v3.x) based on the Europass CV HR-XML Application Profile document.
What is Europass?