The ebXML Registry Information Model OASIS Standard (ISO 15000-3) and the ebXML Registry Services Specification OASIS Standard (ISO 15000-4) define interoperable registries and repositories, with an interface that enables submission, query and retrieval of contents. The specifications are advanced by the OASIS ebXML Registry Technical Committee, a group that remains open to new participation.

For more information, see the TC Charter and FAQ.


ebXML Registry Standards

The version 3.0 standards and related materials are included in a ZIP file available for public download.

The ZIP file contains:
1. The OASIS ebXML Registry Information Model (RIM) Standard, v3.0, as "regrep-rim-3.0-os.pdf".
2. The OASIS ebXML Registry Services (RS) Standard, v3.0, as "regrep-rs-3.0-os.pdf".
3. Supporting files and documentation including:

  • 10 WSDL description files,
  • 20 XML scheme files, and
  • 5 XSD files

These and additional documents can be viewed from the OASIS ebXML Registry Technical Committee homepage under the documents link.

ebXML Registry Webinar

The OASIS ebXML Registry TC held an open webinar event on September 15, 2005 to help developers understand more about how ebXML Registry enables secure, federated information management within and across enterprises. The presentation included an overview of ebXML Registry v3.0 key features, and details on production implementations. A Q&A session with members of the OASIS ebXML Registry TC was included in the event. The presentation materials are available for download OASIS ebXML Registry Webinar

Registry FAQ

Review answers to the frequently asked questions below on the ebXML Registry and Repository specifications. Post new questions and additional comments at the FAQ Forum. See also: ebXML FAQ, ebBP FAQ, ebCPPA FAQ, and ebMS FAQ.

What is an XML Registry?

An XML registry is an information system that stores XML artifacts (e.g., XML schemas, data elements, etc.) and non-XML artifacts (e.g. supporting documents), as well as details (metadata) about the artifacts. The storage facility (e.g., a filesystem or database) that holds registered objects is known as a repository, while the part of the information system that maintains the metadata for the registered objects is known as a registry.

What are the benefits of an XML Registry?

The benefits of an XML Registry are numerous and include:

  • Promotes efficient discovery and maintenance of registered objects
  • Enables efficient version control for registered objects
  • Promotes unified understanding of registered objects. Because metadata for registered objects is accessible from a single location, a unified understanding of the purpose of the registered objects will be promoted
  • Ensures availability and reuse of authoritative XML. A controlled registration and validation of XML artifacts from authoritative sources promotes interoperability between trading partners, and facilitates greater reuse
  • Enables collaborative development. Users can create XML artifacts and submit them to an XML registry for use and potential enhancement by authorized parties. The enhanced versions can then be made available for access by other authorized parties.

Who uses ebXML Registry standards?

ebXML Registry standards are being used around the world. See ebXML deployments for more information.