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DECOR (Data Elements, Codes, OIDs and Rules) is a methodology to record the information model used by health professionals. DECOR uses this model to generate various artifacts: documentation, XML- and test-tooling, etc. With DECOR it is possible to improve the recorded information model by generating and resolving issues per item. DECOR registers (amongst others) datasets, datatypes, valuesets, codes, identifications, and business rules.
ART (Advanced Requirement Tooling) is the DECOR user interface to create and adapt DECOR files, and to generate artifacts from DECOR files. ART is based on the eXist XML database, XQuery and Orbeon XForms.

Purpose: Supports the creation and maintenance of HL7 templates, value sets, data sets and features cloud-based federated Building Block Repositories (BBR) for Templates and Value Sets with two Template Editors. It supports comprehensive collaboration of team members within and between governance groups.

Product Family:

  • HL7 V3
  • HL7 CDA
  • FHIR
  • HL7 V2

HL7 Functional Areas:

  • Standards Development
  • Standards Publication
  • Implementation
  • Registry/Repository


  • XML
  • XSLT
  • Web Delivered
  • XForms
  • XQuery

Version Rollout Date Last Update License
version 1.8 2014-07-24 2016-04-20 Open Source Software

People and Organizations associated with ART-DECOR:

  • The ART-DECOR Expert Group -Project Administrator- (

Known Users of the ART-DECOR