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These are the ART-DECOR release notes. ART-DECOR is developed with yearly milestones. Please also refer to our change log [1].

Version 1.0


  • Cooperation environment supporting one or multiple governance groups each governing their own projects
  • Supports setting up datasets with vocabulary bindings, value sets, scenarios, and message/document definitions (templates)
  • Supports creating value sets from one or more terminologies (SNOMED-CT, LOINC, ICD-10, ICF, RadLex, HL7, ATC)
  • Supports SNOMED-CT National Release Centers (NRCs) to maintain the national extension and RefSets.
  • Full implementation of the HL7 Template ITS read/write/prototyping
  • Almost full implementation the HL7 Value Set Definition Standard
  • Full incorporation of HL7 CDA XSL security fixes
  • RESTful services for retrieval of projects, datasets, transactions, value sets, templates and more
  • Integrated easy-to-use issue management


  • Enhanced release management for projects. See ADRAM (admin only)
    • You may now deprecate releases from within ART
    • You longer need to wait until the compilation of the project is completed
    • You may now run a scan on your project health from the new Development tab
  • Enhanced vocabulary binding of dataset concepts and value domains thereof
    • You may now select from a supported code system or add manually at any level
  • Updated display of coded concepts in value set viewer by indenting based on level
  • Added edit capabilities for (default) project ids (admin only)
  • Added edit capabilities for project contributors (admin only)
  • Added enhanced subscription system for issues complimentary to ADANS. Users are auto subscribed if they are author/assigned, but subscribe/unsubscribe at any time.
  • Added intermediary code system viewer at par with the value set viewer(*)
  • Moved overview contents of the original code system form into a new form code system-ids
  • Added issue label definition editor (decor-admin only)
  • Added option to assign labels to new issues.
  • Added option to assign issues at creation.
  • Added the option to add/remove objects from existing issues.
  • Added UI for server configuration: main language, server URLs, trusted building block repositories on other servers, and more.(admin only)
  • Added News Ticker to Home screen. Browser polls for news every 60 seconds and displays if available. This is to notify users of news features, planned maintenance etc.
  • Updated user configuration: now may leave language empty so browser language determines UI language
  • Updated transaction editor to align UI with other forms
  • New demo4- project for HL7V2.5.xml
  • New demo5- project for Vital Signs CDA Document
  • Various bug fixes and language updates


  • Enhanced Template (Editor):
    • Now supports template references so you don't need a full copy in your project when the template is supported through a building block repository on your ART-DECOR server or another ART-DECOR server. You may still bind dataset concepts to referenced template elements.
    • Now supports creating a new version or an adaptation of a referenced template
    • Now supports read/write support for any template element including let/assert/report for schematron based co-constraints
    • Publication of referenced templates includes those templates so implementers do not need to check chained publication but use one single point of reference.
  • Addition of Temple: an advanced version of the full UI Template Editor. Temple allows direct manipulation of the underlying XML based definition, while offering rich content completion. Supports shortcuts for common tasks, association of templates and value sets through pick-and-choose selection. Temple allows advanced template editors for the most fine grained control in template authoring.

DECOR core

  • Value sets now support publishingAuthority, endorsingAuthority, copyright and revisionHistory as per the current HL7 Value Set Definition Standard
  • Templates may now consist of @ref without contents. The flexibility on element/@contains and/or include/@ref determine the version.
  • Templates now support top level let/assert/report/defineVariable/constraint
  • Template classification now supports type segmentlevel and format hl7v2.5xml for HL7 V2.5xml
  • Enhancement in publication tools through DECOR2Schematron.xsl
    • Support for template/@ref
    • Enhanced closed template (element) support
    • Enhanced nullFlavor support

DECOR Services

  • RetrieveDataSet, RetrieveTransaction, RetrieveValueSet now support going back in history by offering access to releases created through ADRAM (ART-DECOR Release and Archive Manager: see above under ART)
  • ProjectIndex supersedes the function of DataSetIndex, TransactionIndex, ValueSetIndex and adds TemplateIndex. Calls to any of the superseded services will be routed transparently to ProjectIndex.
  • RetrieveDataSet is now rerouted into RetrieveTransaction and behaves the same otherwise
  • RetrieveConceptDiagram is enhanced so you may now navigate up or down from within the SVG changing zoom level as you go
  • RetrieveTransaction now includes a version column and links to value sets where applicable
  • RetrieveProject is now pulled in scope for external caller and is used as the basis for ADRAM and ADRESH. It allows verbatim, compiled or cache retrieval of projects
  • Added service TerminologyReport that allows insight in your project terminology status. Deprecated concepts, differences in display names etc.


  • Incorporated HL7 CDA XSL security fixes. It is not the same stylesheet as it supports localization and dozens of other improvements over the default HL7 XSL.


  • Added logos and version info to all terminology explorers.
  • Support for creating and maintaining SNOMED-CT reference sets.
  • Support for creating translations in local SNOMED-CT extension (namespace)
  • Basic support for maintaining SNOMED-CT extension, includes SCT ID generator.
  • Export of SNOMED-CT extension and reference sets in RF2 format.
  • Code system viewer; this is a placeholder and will be replaced by a fully functional CLamL editor/viewer in ART 2.0


  • Added organization id to configurable items on Test Accounts and Messages: Send Query/Send File tabs
  • Fixed HTML rendering of messages
  • Replaced button "Clear validation results" with a button with logo and left text as hint
  • Enhanced detection of instance2schematron.xml so the file name is not important anymore
  • Rewritten webservice configuration management so every type of webservice will work
  • Fixed saving last used account
  • Fixed SOAP Faults by wrapping SOAP Fault in SOAP:Body

2013 cycle (pre 1.0)


  • Implementation of fixing of a specific version of a project specification through the project tab. This implies the ability to add release notes and use this copy for publication
  • Issue Reports by Email can now be (de-)activated per project and per user. There is a cyclic check (e.g. once per day) if there are any changes in issues. If so then the summary thereof reported is to project participants.
  • Enhanced support for detecting reuse and associations within your ART-DECOR of a given part of your specification, such as dataset concepts and value sets. Usage and association overviews now include links to the appropriate place.
  • Inadvertent locks are now overwritten with a new date if you already were the owner of that lock
  • Many performance improvements and bugfixes


  • Separation of interface language and content language. The language switch at the top right is visible only if there is (potentially) multilingual content. This is currently only applicable to DECOR related screens. This feature means that the screen elements remain in one particular language, while the project content may have a different language.
  • Users can now set their display name, organization, ART-language, and e-mail preferences per project on the homepage, User Settings tab
  • Guest Users are now getting the ART-language according to the language that their browser indicates, if ART supports it (en-US, de-DE, nl-NL), or the default server language (en-US)
  • DECOR projects are loaded in the default language of the project. It is expected that the language switch is at the top right is rarely needed


  • Template Editor 1.0 ready. Templates can be created from prototypes, from an existing template, stored and processed again. When a template is created on the basis of an existing template (for example, in CDA this is very relevant) then various options are supported, each with their own set of consistency rules.


  • Scenario Editor 2.0 ready. Greatly simplified and yet much richer features. Example: Creating a transaction based on a different transaction.

DECOR Services

  • All services, but particularly RetrieveTransaction (e.g. caregiver view), now offer the ability to get results available offline. For RetrieveTransaction view this means that the caregiver view can now optionally be integrated with the other HTML publishing materials


  • Support for ICA versions


  • The complete HL7 OID Registry is made ​​available . This prevents that every project itself must define what a specific OID in the set means

2012 cycle