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16 April 2013 – XBRL International (XII) is pleased to announce two new additions to its Board of Directors. The candidates were elected by the XII Member Assembly at its meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
John Dill, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Director, Management Services
Mr. John Dill has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry in both managerial and technical roles, covering Information Risk Management, Security, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Enterprise Architecture, Software Development, and Strategic and Tactical Planning. In his capacity with the Bermuda Monetary Authority Mr. Dill’s responsibilities include Information Technology, Currency Operations, Facilities and Document Management and the Authority’s Project Management Office. Prior to joining the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Mr. Dill was a Project Manager at the Bank of Bermuda (a member of the HSBC Group) where he was responsible for the delivery of a diverse portfolio of projects in the Bank’s Operational Risk, Compliance, and Finance areas. Mr. Dill has a Masters of Arts Degree in General Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Direct Member Representative
Michal Piechocki, BR-AG
Michal Piechocki is the Chief Executive of the Business Reporting – Advisory Group, leading its global operations and advising international governmental and supervisory institutions on the adoption of XBRL. His expertise has been contributed to projects in Europe, Australia, Asia and North and South America. Prior to his leadership of BR-AG Michal worked as a member of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) Foundation XBRL Team developing the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) XBRL taxonomy and related projects. Michal graduated from the Poznan University of Economics (Management Department with majors in Capital Investments and Corporate Financial Strategies) where he received Master’s degree in economics and continues his education as a PhD Candidate at the Technische Universitat Freiberg, Germany.
The XBRL International Board is comprised of representatives from XII’s Jurisdiction and Organisational Direct Members, as well as at-large representatives including the Treasurer. “We welcome Michal and John to the XII Board of Directors. Their knowledge, experience and standing in the community will be an asset to XII as the organisation continues its progression toward XBRL being the prominent standard for the sharing of business information,” said XII CEO, Tony Fragnito.
(Tuesday 16 April 2013) – ACORD and XBRL International, in collaboration with BR-AG (Business Reporting Advisory Group), today released a discussion paper examining touch points between the XBRL Solvency II taxonomy and ACORD's Global Reinsurance and Large Commercial (GRLC) standards. The paper's release was announced jointly by BR-AG's CEO Michal Piechocki and ACORD's Chief Industry and Government Affairs Officer, Ann Henstrand during the 26th XBRL International Conference in Dublin, Ireland.
The discussion paper explores the notion that there is a common subset of data between the two sets of standards which can be mapped to achieve efficiency, consistency, and reliability. The ACORD GRLC standards and the XBRL Solvency II taxonomy are the initial focus for interoperability opportunities between the standards, given the advent of Solvency II regulatory reporting requirements for insurers in EU member states.
"ACORD believes that collaboration between data organizations is important. Working together, we can more quickly build data roadmaps for consistent use in all insurer operations systems. This paper is an important marker toward the goal of more accurate and efficient communication and data exchange," said Gregory A. Maciag, President and CEO, ACORD.
"The broad acceptance of XBRL proves that the need for efficient sharing of business information is not confined to any one industry or reporting requirement. With this detailed exploration of how two standards can complement each other, we are opening up new possibilities for both XII and ACORD. We look forward to working closely with the insurance industry to uncover more we can do together," said Tony Fragnito, CEO of XBRL International.
Michal Piechocki, CEO of BR-AG, of Poznan, Poland, who co-authored the paper with ACORD's Puneet Bharal, said, "The utility and reliability of XBRL data will be enhanced by working with existing vertical industry standards, such as ACORD for insurance. BR-AG is pleased to contribute to this proof-of-concept work, and looks forward to more extensive community discussions and possible development of real-life business use cases."
XBRL is a well-established and growing global standard for the sharing of business information in sectors such as securities regulation, taxation, banking, insurance and non-financial areas like carbon disclosure and risk reporting, while ACORD is a well-established and growing global standard primarily used for insurance industry transactions in all insurer sectors. ACORD standards also contain an insurance industry framework made up of five inter-related facets including a business glossary, data model, component model, capability model and information model. These ACORD insurance industry models are identified in the discussion paper as the means by which a unifying data dictionary encompassing both standards could be created to support future mappings for consistency and ease.
Next steps identified by the two organizations include the formation of a joint working group with representation from the XBRL regulatory, accounting and financial reporting communities, along with IT, data architecture, and insurance business community members from ACORD. The group will further explore efficiencies which may be achievable in other parts of the world, and using the full scope of ACORD's standards including general insurance, life and annuities, and more.
For a copy of the discussion paper, please see: http://xbrl.org/sites/xbrl.org/files/imce/xii_acord_brag_discussionpaper.pdf. To indicate interest in participating in the joint XBRL-ACORD Working Group, please contact: Puneet Bharal, Director of Implementation Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(4 April 2013) -- Versioning Specifications are Now Released as Recommendation
XBRL International is pleased to announce that the XBRL Standards Board, at the request of the XBRL Versioning Working Group, has approved as Recommendation (REC) the Versioning Specifications including Base, Concept Use, Concept Details, and Dimensions.
XBRL International would like to thank the members of the working group who have worked so diligently to bring the Versioning Specs to Recommendation, including the following members and their affiliations at the time of contribution: Roland Hommes, Rhocon; Paul Warren, CoreFiling; Ignacio Hernández-Ros, Reporting Estandar S.L.; Hugh Wallis, XBRL International Inc.; Haiko Philipp, IFRS Foundation; Geoff Shuetrim, Galexy; Ian Stokes-Rees, CoreFiling; David North, CoreFiling; Herm Fischer, Mark V Systems; Richard Ashby, CoreFiling; Raynier van Egmond, C3i SMC LLC; Eric Jarry, Bank of France; Maciej Piechocki, IFRS Foundation; Suguru Washio, Fujitsu Ltd. and Stuart Barker, CoreFiling.
The Specifications can be found at the following links:
• Versioning - Base (HTML)
• Versioning - Concept Use (HTML)
• Versioning - Concept Details (HTML)
• Versioning - Dimensions (HTML)
The specifications can also be found on the Recommendations page of the XBRL International website: http://www.xbrl.org/SpecRecommendations.
Brazil's National Treasury Secretariat hiring an individual consultant to assist NTS staff on the creation of GL and FR layers of XBRL Taxonomy and on the definition of processes for the maintenance, versioning and migration to new releases of the aforementioned taxonomy for the Brazilian Public Sector Accounting and Fiscal Information System – SICONFI. Reply by 8 April.
(15 march 2013) -- XBRL International is pleased to announce that the XBRL Standards Board, at the request of the XBRL Base Spec Working Group, has approved as Public Working Draft (PWD) the XBRL Streaming Extensions Module 1.0.
The Streaming Extensions Module is a backwards compatible extension to the XBRL v2.1 Specification that is designed to enable efficient, stream-based processing of XBRL instance documents.
The Specification as well as the Requirements documentation can be found on the xbrl.org website at http://www.xbrl.org/SpecPWDs or at the following locations directly:
Feedback is requested and should be sent to email@example.com
(5 March 2013) -- S4S Conversion of the XBRL 2.1 Specification approved to Recommendation
XBRL International is pleased to announce that the XBRL Standards Board, at the request of the XBRL Base Spec Working Group, has approved as RECOMMENDATION this 2013-02-20 edition of the XBRL 2.1 specification. This edition incorporates no new errata, but has been reformatted in HTML for readability and accessibility.
The conversion of the XBRL Specification v2.1 from its old format was a substantial amount of work which will now allow future errata releases to be produced quickly and consistently. The use of HTML for the normative text brings this core specification into line with more recent publications from XBRL International.
This work was contributed to the XBRL community by staff at CoreFiling, as part of their ongoing contributions to the XBRL suite of standards. CoreFiling considers this contribution to be valuable particularly for use in the evolving European regulatory environment.
The HTML version of the 2.1 Spec can be found on the xbrl.org website on the Recommendations page, or directly at the following location: http://xbrl.org/Specification/XBRL-2.1/REC-2003-12-31/XBRL-2.1-REC-2003-12-31+corrected-errata-2013-02-20.html.
(1 March 2013) XII has made the first public working draft of the Inline XBRL 1.1 Specification available for comment. Version 1.1 is the second release of the Specification for Inline XBRL. This version adds to version 1.0 a mechanism for splitting text content within a document; it allows the nesting of ix:nonFraction and ix:fraction; and it replaces the linking mechanism for footnote resources with a structure based on a new element, ix:relationship, which also provides support for fact-explanatoryFact links.
This PWD consists of two parts which can be found at the following links: Part 0 – Primer 1.1 and Part 1 – Specification 1.1. Further information is available on the XII website at http://www.xbrl.org/SpecPWDs
Feedback on this release is requested and must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(6 February 2013) XBRL International has assigned HE Mohammed Al-Hadari, Deputy CEO for Organizational and Support Services Affairs, as its ambassador to the Arab World. In this role he will support XII objectives within the Arab countries, including hosting visitors to study the SCA project, hosting roundtables within the UAE and the region to promote XBRL and active outreach to facilitate connections, meetings and membership recruitment with interested parties within Arab countries.
“Mr. Al-Hadari has made valuable contributions and efforts in spreading and boosting XBRL in the Arab region”, said XII CEO Anthony Fragnito. “We expect the leadership he has shown in the Jurisdiction and in hosting XBRL24 in Abu Dhabi last year to continue to pay dividends in the area of XBRL adoption and the growth of the consortium”.
(1 February 2013) – As part of ongoing work to develop an abstract model of the XBRL specification, XII is seeking software developers and other interested parties to begin use of the current form of the model in their implementations. The second PWD of the Abstract Model may be found at: http://xbrl.org/Specification/abstractmodel-primary/PWD-2012-06-06/abstractmodel-primary-pwd-2012-06-06.html
The abstract model has been developed as a means of establishing a common framework for communicating and understanding the XBRL technology. The model’s conceptual framework for understanding the specification will give developers a strong foundation for implementing XBRL solutions.
For those seeking greater detail, a series of informational webinars on the abstract model may be found at http://www.xbrl.org/abstract-modelling-task-force#webinars
The development of the XII Abstract Model is led by the Abstract Modelling Task Force and includes use case diagrams, class diagrams, object diagrams, and sequence diagrams. It is a key component of Preserve Promote Participate, the strategic core vision developed by the XBRL Standards Board to continue the momentum of the XBRL standard.
Implementation feedback may be sent to email@example.com.
The model has gone through two rounds of public comment – the next step is to see if the model as currently constructed truly meets the needs of the market”, said the AMTF’s Dave Frankel. “Feedback based on actual use in the development of XBRL solutions is critical to advancing the work of the task force”.
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29 January 2013 – XBRL International is pleased to announce an updated Public Working Draft of the Table Linkbase Specification. The specification provides a means of representing complex reporting templates. This work has evolved with use cases from several high profile European projects.
The PWD, dated 2013-01-16, represents a major step forward in the maturity of this specification. Projects evaluating this specification should update references to this latest release and are encouraged to implement and evaluate this specification. XII encourages feedback on experiences and additional use cases to the Rendering Working Group.
XII CEO Tony Fragnito acknowledges the contributions of Herm Fischer, Chair, Victor Morilla and the other members of the Rendering WG, as well as the significant contributions of Jon Siddle and the CoreFiling staff towards this important milestone.
The Table Linkbase PWD may be found at http://www.xbrl.org/SpecPWDs