Data is the next great commodity resource. The equivalent of
all the data that existed up to 2003 is now generated in two days, and 90% of
the world’s total data was created in the last two years alone. Now comes a powerful
new form of data, one that speaks the language of business. By the nature of
its format, XRBL, or eXtensible Business Reporting Language, brings transparency
to business information so investors can analyze data more easily and make
informed investment decisions.
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As the last
group of companies is subject to the final phase of the Securities and Exchange
Commission mandate this summer, we are reaching a major turning point for eXtensible
Business Reporting Language implementation in the U.S. Investors now have a
full data set accessible for their analyses as all information from a company’s
financial statements, as well as the notes and schedules, are individually
tagged at a detailed level. This means investors now have the ability to search
and access specific pieces of information for all public companies.
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The current model for financial reporting has long been under discussion; investors and other stakeholders want more than a historical look back and one that only focuses on financial measures. They want to see the value companies create through intangible assets too. Part of the solution is integrated reporting, which provides a holistic presentation of data and brings together the many disparate reports that organizations provide (as opposed to being an add-on to existing reports).
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AICPA staff members are very busy keeping up with activity related to eXtensible Business Reporting Language in the U.S. Congress. Earlier this month House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3339, the Standard Data and Technology Advancement Act, or the “Standard DATA Act.” The bill aims to establish consistent requirements for the electronic content and format of data used in the administration of key human services programs. Specifically, it calls for the incorporation of existing nonproprietary standards, such as XBRL.
If enacted, this bill would improve the collection and dissemination process for the federal government by standardizing data and eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual processes.
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Back in 1998, Charlie Hoffman, a CPA, embarked on a quest to revolutionize the way the world creates and shares business information. Based on eXtensible Markup Language, a new document markup language at the time, the eXtensible Business Reporting Language was created. Hoffman took his idea to the AICPA, which funded and championed the project. By 2000, XBRL 1.0 was published and interest had grown beyond the borders of the U.S. into the international community. Countries from Australia to Spain were signing up and applying XBRL to form better business information.
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