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Better Numbers: An Update on DPM 2.0

February 15, 2024

The data collection systems and processes at the European Banking Authority (EBA) and European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) are currently undergoing a major overhaul to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. In this interview, XBRL International discusses the Data Point Model Refit and related developments directly with the EBA. Read on for vital updates, […]

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Enhancing Comparability with Anchoring

January 25, 2024

This is a post by XBRL International’s Entity Specific Disclosure Task Force (ESDTF). Taxonomy authors expend considerable effort identifying common practice reporting (CPR) elements for inclusion in taxonomies such as the IFRS and US GAAP taxonomies. Filers frequently meet reporting requirements that are not explicitly defined in the accounting standards by creating extension elements. This […]

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How well do AI models like GPT-4 understand XBRL Data?

January 18, 2024

A couple of weeks ago, in the XBRL International newsletter, we commented unfavourably on the use of PDF versions of SEC filings as inputs to Large Language Models (LLMs). We are much more interested in how these tools can be leveraged to examine structured data, such as the Inline XBRL formatted structured filings provided to […]

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Calculations 1.1: getting rid of the noise

January 11, 2024

XBRL Calculations can play an important role in ensuring the quality and accuracy of a financial report, and can flag up errors in both the XBRL tagging and the underlying numbers.  Unfortunately, until now, calculation validation reports have been hampered by false positives — validation messages that don’t reflect real issues in the report. The […]

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Deeper insights and easier analysis with XBRL data

March 30, 2023

Last week’s news story about FFIEC data got a lot of attention. That data – and an almost unlimited amount more, is also available to you! In this blog, our Guidance Manager, Revathy Ramanan, gives you some insights. A wealth of public data is available in machine-readable XBRL format. Just a few examples include EU […]

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Digital Sustainability Disclosures

December 1, 2022

For the last year we’ve been working with the main sustainability standards setters in an intensive dialogue on sustainability disclosures using XBRL — in particular Inline XBRL. In working through different aspects of the technical needs surrounding these disclosures we’ve developed sample disclosures, sample taxonomies and sample analytics. Key aspects of this work are now […]

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Standardisation or innovation – can’t we have both?

November 1, 2022

This is a guest opinion piece from Björn Fastabend. Björn is head of the XBRL collection and processing unit at BaFin, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, where he supervises all related activities and propagates international relations and initiatives. He also brings us his wealth of experience in implementing digital reporting as Chair of XBRL International’s […]

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Guidance on Block Tagging and Other ESEF Reporting Manual Updates from ESMA

September 8, 2022

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has recently published an updated version of the ESEF Reporting Manual. The next reporting cycle will see a significant expansion of the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) tagging requirements, with preparers now required to tag the notes that accompany their financial statement. The updates to the reporting manual […]

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X or x? A note on terminology

July 21, 2022

Should the ‘X’ in ‘XBRL’ be capitalised? How do different terms relate to different specifications and formats? And what do we mean by xBRL-XML? These are questions we are sometimes asked, so we thought it was time for a quick clarification. For more on essential XBRL-related terms, the XBRL Glossary is also an indispensable resource. […]

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Insights from Japan’s Digitally Tagged KAMs: 4 – Granular narrative tags are more useful

June 30, 2022

This is part of a short series on initial insights from our analysis of digital KAMs data being collected in Japan for the first time. For the first post and introduction, start here. In the earlier posts in this series, we used specific digitally tagged segments of Key Audit Matters (KAMs)  — called “Critical Audit […]

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