We’ve recently updated our systems, so you’ll notice many changes. If you can’t find the answer to your questions here, please contact us, we’re happy to answer your questions.

Membership Information

We have multiple organizational membership levels available to suit the needs of your company. We also offer organizational membership discounts for Non-Profit, Government, Small to Medium Businesses, Small Businesses, and Startups. You can explore the full member benefits here. For more information contact our Executive Director, Kim Bartkus,

The easiest way to know if your company is an organizational member is to look for your company on our members page. If your company is an organizational member, you can sign-up for free with the full range of your company’s respective membership level.

We offer discounted membership to both Startups and organizations under 20 employees. We want to provide opportunities for everyone to be a part of HR Open and contribute to our standards. Our Executive Director, Kim Bartkus, can work with you to provide the best membership for your company.

HR Open is a global consortium with participants world-wide. We work with all members to find times and tools to accommodate everyone. We host a Community Meeting in Europe every year that is a great opportunity to collaborate with other European members for HR Technology solutions.


Premier and Vanguard organizational members receive a discount for our Annual Meeting. When purchasing your ticket, make sure you are signed in under your company to receive the discount. HR Open often issues discount codes, Contact us for your special discount!

As a membership-based community we provide the only collaborative environment for HR technology creators. Participation in our workgroups, conferences, and webinars provide great forums to discuss technology, implementation, and strategy solutions. We also have a LinkedIn page where you can connect with other HR Open enthusiasts.

We welcome all skill levels! The workgroups include technical experts, business analysts, and leaders. Our Meeting Planning Committee (MPC) is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing Consortium events. Individuals with interest in event planning are encouraged to join. The Business Steering Committee (BSC) executes marketing strategies as directed by the Board of Directors. This includes: website management, conferences, marketing directives, and social media strategy. The BSC is best for individuals with marketing or website/graphic design experience. Contact Kelly Berntson,, to learn more.

We don’t solicit our members and always keep their information private. However, we do provide opportunities for organizational members to share case studies or white papers through our blog, emails, or webinars. There are also sponsorships available for many of our meetings and events. We’re always looking for opportunities to provide education and knowledge to our community and partner with organizations that improve the HR industry. If you have information you’d like to share with our members contact Kelly Berntson.


We continually update our existing standards and consider new projects as requested by the industry. Reach out to us with your suggestions; review our Project Methodology slides to learn how to start a new workgroup. We welcome all organizations into the Consortium and look forward to accommodating your needs!

Each release within a major version is backwards compatible. All versions within 3.X XML are backwards compatible as are the standards within 4.X. JSON and XML. However, the major version 4.X is not backwards compatible with 3.X. HR Open moved to a JSON in 4.X to allow better flexibility and to simplify the integrations based on feedback from our community.

HR Open has many resources to help you get started. The standards come with documentation that provide overviews, terminology, use cases and sample data for each standard. We also offer basic and specialized XML classes to teach you the standards at a variety of skill levels. The LinkedIn group is a great place to post questions about not only the standards but to find industry solutions. Our staff is always available to answer questions about the standards and options for implementations.

Project Methodology

HR Open projects are established to develop vocabularies and other deliverables with the purpose of simplifying system integrations.

The project methodology provides a set of rules and instructions to ensure the project will be successful.