The Global Interoperability Framework (GIF) is a set of recommended practices, policies, and standards for the operation of any ‘four-corner’ interoperability network organised within a collaborative governance framework wishing to be GIF compliant. Such a network allows its dedicated access points, which are typically service and solution platform providers of various kinds, to quickly and easily inter-connect their extensive customer networks for the secure and robust exchange of digital supply chain-related transactions such as e-invoices and orders. The GIF objective is to enable smoother implementation of end-user business connections by building economies of scale and scope.

As a state of the art reference model, the GIF reflects currently well-accepted technologies and building blocks. It is open to innovation and evolution as new technologies achieve acceptance and critical mass. At this stage the GIF Working Group is not proposing the building of an actual physical network to operate at a global level, but rather seeks to promote maximum alignment of interoperability frameworks operating in different settings based on common building blocks, whilst also allowing for the needs of different geographies or sectors.

This is an Invitation to all industry stakeholders to review these materials and send us your feedback, either in a document by e-mail, or in the response form on our web-site.

We are very interested in your thoughts about the business and technical content, and also on the desirability of expanding the present working group to take the work forward in terms of refinement and adoption. Please get involved and send in your input by 30 September 2020 at the latest.

Chris Welsh: Chair-GIF WG and ONCE

Todd M. Albers: Business Payments Coalition

Ahti Allikas: OpenPEPPOL

Tim Cole: EESPA

Arne Johan Larsen: OpenPEPPOL

Cyrille Sautereau: EESPA

Charles Bryant: EESPA (Editor)