US SEC begins assessment of the benefits of 'tagged data'

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23 Jul 2004

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is assessing the benefits of tagged data and its potential for improving the timeliness and accuracy of financial disclosure and analysis of Commission filings.

The Commission will seek public comment on alternative methods and the costs and benefits associated with tagged data. In addition, the Commission will consider a staff proposal to accept voluntary supplemental filings of financial data using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). This voluntary program would enable the Commission staff to further investigate the types of data tagging currently available in the marketplace. The Commission may propose a rule this fall that would, if adopted, establish the voluntary program beginning with the 2004 calendar year-end reporting season.
  • Click for SEC Press Release.
  • Information about XBRL (a system for tagging data) can be found on the XBRL International Website. IASB commercial director Kurt Ramin chairs the XBRL International Steering Committee.
  • An exposure draft dated 15 June 2004 International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) General Purpose Financial Reporting for Profit-Oriented Entities (GP) can be found Here.
  • Other XBRL financial reporting taxonomies can be found Here.
  • The 10th XBRL International Conference, Financial Reporting Goes Global: XBRL and IFRS Working Together, will be held 15-17 November 2004 in Brussels. Click for More Information.
  • The European Commission has granted €1,000,000 to accelerate the development and adoption of XBRL in Europe. Press Release (PDF 110k).

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