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4.0 New Development

The HR Open Standards Consortium is upgrading to a non-backward compatible version for the next release (4.0).  The new release will make implementations easier for adopters and trading partners:

  • Single namespace
  • Simplified schema 
  • Use of UNCEFACT Core Components
  • Use of necessary OAGIS Core Components 
  • No extraneous data types (HR specific)
  • More consistency between XML and JSON schema 
    • Extensions, attributes, minimal nesting

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Current Projects 

The individual workgroups will determine the standards requirements for their particular industry.  The Technical Steering Committee will coordinate development efforts of common data types between the workgroups.  

  • Assessments
  • Benefits Enrollment
  • Employee Wellness
  • Recognition & Rewards 
  • Salary Survey 
  • Timecard



What is the HR Open Standards Consortium?

The HR Open Standards Consortium is a non-profit company dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of specifications to enable global HR interoperability.

What is HR-XML?

HR-XML is an industry standard open source specification of standard definitions that allows companies to develop interoperable software to communicate HR Data.

What is HR-JSON?

HR-JSON is a new industry standard open source specification of standard definitions that allows companies to develop interoperable software to communicate HR Data.

What is the Technical Steering Committee?

The TSC is responsible for establishing the direction of technical matters in the Consortium. The TSC operates under the guidance of the Board of Directors.

Why did we remove the OAGIS standards?

The consensus among adopters was that the OAGIS standards made the 3.x specification too complex. Surveys and experience by TSC members showed that the number of options and the complexity of the XML structure meant that finding the correct data model was cumbersome and difficult, and often resulted in usage of the incorrect model.

What about all the useful information in the OAGIS standards?

We are not leaving them out entirely, just removing the OAGIS platform. Required OAGIS elements will be cloned into the 4.0 standards.

How are the 4.0 standards being written?

Each standard is assigned to a workgroup. The members of each workgroup are responsible for developing the specification for their domain. In cases where a common element or structure is needed, the TSC coordinates with the workgroup leads to develop a shared “Common” standard.  

Where will the standards be developed?

All 4.0 development is housed on the HR Open Standards GitHub account, which allows for asynchronous and distributed development of the standards. Only organizational and individual HR Open members have access to the GitHub repositories.

I have an Idea for the 4.0 Standards.  How do I contribute?

We have three forums dedicated to the 4.0 Development.  Please visit the appropriate forum to submit your idea. Note that you must be logged in to access any of the forums. 

4.0 Architectural Discussion

4.0 Web Services Discussion

4.0 Schema Content Discussion

TSC Members

  • Jason Sole, Direct Employers Association - Committee Chair
  • Andrew Cunsolo, Talemetry
  • Dimitar Draganov, MANUS +
  • Steffen Fohn, ADP
  • Sasha Juchem, Milch & Zucker
  • Chris Pauley, Independent
  • Scott Peter, Insperity
  • Tony Ray, IQ Navigator


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