First things first. Before we dive into the various data standards let’s first explain what XML is. XML is short for Extensible Markup Language. It is used to describe data. The XML standard is a flexible way to create information formats and electronically share structured data via the Internet, as well as via corporate networks.
As in life in general, in XML we need to follow a set of rules. Those rules are called schemas (.xsd). They ensure that XML files are valid.
A set of (nested) XSD schema files makes up an XML standard. This brings us to the point of this article.
We have created a library of XML Standards per Industry. Now all of you XML lovers have all of the XML data standards in one place. We will add to this list over time.
Where relevant we have also added a link to a blog post. Each post shows how XML files can be converted to a database, text, or Hadoop using Flexter our XML converter. Everything happens automatically. Not a single line of code is needed. Any XML industry data standard is handled no matter the complexity.
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Finance

 
 

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX)
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IFX XML
The IFX standard is a content-rich, well-designed Business Message Specification (BMS), built by financial industry and technology leaders with decades of combined experience. These experts have painstakingly defined, modeled and incorporated real-life use cases to produce relevant and useful business data objects. The result is a consistent framework incorporating best-of-breed design principles and a common object model with carefully defined data definitions.
OFX – Open Financial Exchange
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OFX XML
OFX XSD
Open Financial Exchange is a broad-based framework for exchanging financial data and instructions between customers and their financial institutions. It allows institutions to connect directly to their customers without requiring an intermediary.
AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 Version 1.0 ( OASIS)
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AS4 XML
AS4 XSD
While ebMS 3.0 represents a leap forward in reducing the complexity of Web Services B2B messaging, the specification still contains numerous options and comprehensive alternatives for addressing a variety of scenarios for exchanging data over a Web Services platform. The AS4 profile of the ebMS 3.0 specification has been developed in order to bring continuity to the principles and simplicity that made AS2 successful, while adding better compliance to Web Services standards, and features such as message pulling capability and a built-in Receipt mechanism.
ESMA
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ESMA XSD
An independent EU authority that contributes to safeguarding the stability of the European Union’s financial system. Convert ESMA XML to Snowflake
FpML
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FpML XML
Fpml XSD
An XML message standard
for the OTC Derivatives
Industry.
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ISO 20022
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ISO XML
ISO XSD
The ISO 20022 message dashboard gives an overall picture of the five financial business domains in scope of ISO 20022. Its purpose is to show which business processes are already supported either by existing ISO 20022 message definitions or by candidate message definitions covered by an approved Business Justification. Convert ISO 20022 XML to Text (TSV/CSV) without code
FIXML FIXML is the XML vocabulary for creating FIX messages. Uses the same FIX data dictionary and business logic. Focuses primarily on the FIX Application Messages and does not provide a session layer. Can be encapsulated within the FIX Session Protocol or within another protocol like, MQ Series, TIBCO, SOAP, etc Convert FIXML XML to Excel
IRS
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IRS XML
IRS XSD
System that allows IRS to exchange tax payer information with foreign tax authorities. Convert IRS XML to PostgreSQL using Flexter Enterprise
CRS
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CRS XML
Allows the reporting of information under the CRS in an IT-based and standardized manner. Convert CRS XML to TSV
FundsXML
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FundsXML XML
FundsXML XSD
The development of this standard was pushed by various companies to integrate numerous working processes in the sector, enclosing the foundation of a fund and the system of registration as well as the electronic data exchange, beyond the borders of companies and countries.
SLGS
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SLGS XML
SLGS XSD
“Treasury Securities – State and Local Government Series” – also known as “SLGS” – are special purpose securities that the Department of the Treasury issues to state and local government entities, upon request by those entities, to assist them in complying with federal tax laws and Internal Revenue Service arbitrage regulations when they have cash proceeds to invest from their issuance of tax exempt bonds.

Healthcare

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Medline Plus
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MedlinePlus XML
The MedlinePlus XML, represents library of all Health articles that are on MedlinePlus website. It accepts keywoard search and returns relevant health topic. Converting MedlinePlus XML to QlikView
FHIR
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FHIR XSD
FHIR aims to simplify implementation without sacrificing information integrity. It leverages existing logical and theoretical models to provide a consistent, easy to implement, and rigorous mechanism for exchanging data between healthcare applications. Convert FHIR XML to Excel
Clinical Trials
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Clinical Trials XSD
A registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies conducted around the world. Querying XML files with Tableau via Flexter
HL7
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HL7 XSD
The objective of this document is to present an Implementable Technology Specification (ITS) for the encoding rules for HL7 Version 3 messages based on XML (Extensible Markup Language). Several XML encoding methods could serve as a messaging syntax for HL7 V3 messages Convert HL7 XML to Text (TSV/CSV) without coding
Structured Product Labeling Resources
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SPL XSD
Structured Product Labeling (SPL) is a Health Level Seven (HL7) standard based on Clinical Document Architecture and HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM) accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the exchange of product information. Structured Product Labeling documents include a header and body. The header includes information about the document such as the type of product, author and versioning. The body of the document includes product information in both structured text and data element formats. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses SPL documents to exchange information covering a growing number of product related topics.

Transport

 
 

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
GS1 Xml Transport
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GS1 XSD
GS1 XML
GS1 standard gives accurate up to date information about where your shipments are at any time, where they have come from and when and where they are due to arrive.
EPC/RFID
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EPC/RFID XSD
EPC/RFID XML
By providing a machine-readable framework for validation and translation of EPC identifiers, Tag Data Translation is designed to help to future-proof the EPC Network and in particular to reduce the pain / disruption in supporting additional EPC identifier schemes that may be introduced in the future, as the EPC Network is adopted by additional industry sectors and new applications. The EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS) also describes in terms of human-readable encoding and decoding rules for each coding scheme, how to translate between three representations of the electronic product code (EPC), namely the binary format and two formats of uniform resource identifiers (URI), one for tag-encoding and another for pure identity.
TransXML
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Trans XSD
Trans XML
XML Schemas for Exchange of Transportation Data examines a proposed common framework for exchange of transportation data in eXtensible Markup Language, known as TransXML. The framework is designed to be used for developing, validating, disseminating, and extending current and future schemas. The report also explores the benefits that might be achieved by the adoption and expansion of TransXML, and highlights efforts designed to help ensure its success.
TransXChange
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TransXChange XML
TransXChange XSD
 
TransXChange is the UK nationwide standard for exchanging bus schedules and related data. It is used both for the electronic registration of bus routes (EBSR) with Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Traffic Area Networks (TAN), and for the exchange of bus routes with other computer systems, such as journey planners and vehicle real-time tracking systems.
eTir
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eTir XSD
 
The eTIR international system aims to ensure the secure exchange of data between national Customs systems related to the international transit of goods, vehicles or containers according to the provisions of the TIR Convention and to allow Customs to manage the data on guarantees, issued by guarantee chains to holders authorized to use the TIR system.

Infrastructure

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
LandXML
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Land XSD
Land XML
LandXML is a specialized XML data file format containing civil engineering and survey measurement data commonly used in the Land Development and Transportation Industries.

Automotive

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Star – Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail
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STAR XSD
STAR XML
Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) is a nonprofit, dues-paying organization whose members include dealers, manufacturers, retail system providers, and automotive-related industry organizations. The goal of STAR is to use non-proprietary technology (IT)standards as a catalyst in fulfilling the business information needs of dealers and manufacturers while reducing the time and effort required to support related activities. Collectively, STAR develops voluntary industry standards and researches emerging technologies for the benefit of dealers. STAR is considered the IT standards organization for the retail automotive industry. STAR Objectives * To define the open, standard XML message formats for dealer-to-OEM communications (e.g, Parts Orders, Sales Leads, and Credit Applications). * To define an open, standard architecture to support the delivery of messages between dealers and OEMs. * To standardize the dealership IT infrastructure.

Legal

 

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
LEI-CDF Format
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LEI XSD
The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17442 standard defines a set of attributes, or legal entity reference data, that comprises the most essential elements of identification.
Daily reporting of LEI and legal entity reference data is conducted by the LEI issuing organizations using the Common Data File (CDF) formats. The CDF formats provide the specificity needed for the operational implementation of the ISO standard. External standards have been included in the CDF formats, where appropriate, to promote data quality
Akomo Ntoso
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Akomo XSD
Akomo XML
Akoma Ntoso (“linked hearts” in the Akan language of West Africa) defines a set of simple technology-neutral electronic representations in XML format of parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents.
Web CRD
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Web CRD XML
Web CRD XSD
Web CRD is a secure registration and licensing system for entitled users only. Authorized users must complete and submit the appropriate forms to FINRA to be entitled to use Web CRD.

Telecommunications

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
oneM2M: ETSI TS 118 104 V2.7.1
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oneM2M XSD
The oneM2M architecture is resource-based (ETSI TS 118 101 ). The functionality of the system is exposed by means of APIs over all reference points specified in ETSI TS 118 101. Operations upon resources hosted by a CSE are carried over an established channel that constitutes the communication on the reference points Mca and Mcc. All resource operations could be fulfilled with the considerations in terms of scalability, extensibility, fault tolerance and robustness, energy efficiency, and self-operation.
Each resource operation comprises a pair of primitives: Request and Response. The Request and Response primitives
can be represented as XML documents or JSON texts. This process of representing a primitive as XML documents or
JSON texts is denoted serialization in the present document. Serialization translates primitives into a format that can be
stored or exchanged between network entities. This is exploited when transmitting primitives over communication
protocols such as HTTP, CoAP or MQTT.

Media

 

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
TV-Anytime – ETSI TS 102 822-3-1
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TV-Anytime XSD
TV-Anytime XML
The TV-Anytime metadata system allows the consumer to find, navigate and manage content from a variety of internal and external sources including, for example, enhanced broadcast, interactive TV, Internet and local storage. It defines a standard way to describe consumer profiles including search preferences to facilitate automatic filtering and acquisition of content by agents on behalf of the consumer. Consumers, as used in the present document, include educators and students, who may use selected programme segments in the classroom or laboratory.
NewsML
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NewsML XSD
 
NewsML 1 is designed to provide a media-type-independent, structural framework for multi-media news. Beyond exchanging single items it can also convey packages of multiple items in a structures layout.

Research

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
RIXML – Research Information Markup Language
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RIXML XML
RIXML was formed when a number of buy- and sell-side firms came together to discuss a common problem: the amount of investment research that was being distributed had outgrown the tools available to organize it. The consumers of investment research needed better ways to access the precise research they needed, and the creators of investment research needed a better way to ensure that their research was seen by those who would benefit from it.

Learning

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
PESC
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PESC XSD
Formatting data in the ISO standard format of PDF (Portable Document Format) is an excellent way to
display and view information; however the format was neither designed for nor natively enables the exchange
of data between systems. The PDF Working Group of PESC was challenged to find a means to leverage the
near ubiquitous use and acceptance of PDF documents that would allow such documents to enable data
exchange. By capitalizing on one of the PDF’s capabilities to serve as a container or conveyance, the
Working Group has devised a standard for embedding files within the PDF that can make the PDFs machinereadable.
Also, if embedded files are themselves machine-readable (e.g., another standard XML file), the
PDF joins with the other data PESC formats as a very effective data exchange medium.

Insurance

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
ACORD
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ACORD XSD
ACORD XML
Used to exchange insurance related information with external partners and within the company. Convert ACORD Insurance XML to Talend Data Preparation

Travel

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
NDC(New Distribution Capability)
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NDC XSD
Enables the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travelers. Tips for parsing and loading complex NDC XML files in ODI
AIXM
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AIXM XML
AIXM XSD
The objective of the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) is to enable the provision in digital format of the aeronautical information that is in the scope of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS). The AIS information/data flows that are increasingly complex and made up of interconnected systems. They involve many actors including multiple suppliers and consumers. There is also a growing need in the global Air Traffic Management (ATM) system for high data quality and for cost efficiency.
OTA
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OTA XSD
OpenTravel’s mission is to engineer specifications to ensure traveler and supplier information flow smoothly throughout travel, tourism and hospitality. OpenTravel creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.

Energy

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
WITSML
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WITSML XSD
Used for sending well site information in an XML document format between business partners. Convert WITSML XML to Excel

Tenders

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Ted XML
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Ted XSD
TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal’ of the EU, dedicated to European public procurement. Converting and Analysing EU Tender data in XML with Flexter and Dataiku DSS

HR

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
HR Open standard
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XML
Founded in 1999, the HR Open Standards Consortium is 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.

 

Public Sector

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
IATI Standard
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XSD
XML
IATI Standard is a technical publishing framework allowing data to be compared.

MISC.

 
 

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Tableau Workbooks
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XML
A .twbx file is a Tableau Packaged Workbook, meaning it is the original .twb file bundled together with the data source in one package. .twbx files can be considered analogous to specialized zip files, in which these “zip” files contain all the information necessary to work in Tableau. The .twb file alone is not enough to perform any analysis because it only contains Tableau’s instructions for interacting with a data source. In actuality, .twb files are XML files specially tailored to interact with data sources. In this walk through, we will process this XML file using Flexter and then load the TSV output into tableau for querying/analysis. Convert XML Metadata of Tableau Workbooks (TWB) to Text
B2MML
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B2MML XSD
B2MML is an XML implementation of the ANSI/ISA-95, Enterprise-Control System Integration, family of standards (ISA-95), known internationally as IEC/ISO 62264. B2MML consists of a set of XML schemas written using the World Wide Web Consortium’s XML Schema language (XSD) that implement the data models in the ISA-95 standard.
OOXML
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OOXML XML
OOXML XSD
Office Open XML (also informally known as OOXML or Microsoft Open XML (MOX)[3]) is a zipped, XML-based file format developed by Microsoft[4] for representing spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processingdocuments. The format was initially standardized by Ecma (as ECMA-376), and by the ISO and IEC (as ISO/IEC 29500) in later versions.

Metadata

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
SDMX 2.0
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SDMX 2.0 XSD
The SDMX initiative sets standards to facilitate the exchange of statistical data and metadata using modern information technology. Several versions of the technical specifications have been released since 2004.

Logistics

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
TFMData
 
The TFMData Service is provided by the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS). It distributes TFM (Traffic Flow Management) data to users via SWIM’s (System Wide Information Management) National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS). TFMData is a pure JMS service that provides streaming data updates as well as a variety of request/reply functions.

Security

Standard Name Business Description Converting the standard
Saml
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Saml XSD
 
Approved Errata for SAML V2.0 was last produced by the SSTC on 1 May 2012. In addition to the normative errata document, the following non-normative “errata composite” documents have been provided that combine the prescribed corrections with the original specification text, illustrating the changes with margin change bars, struck-through original text, and highlighted new text.

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