About Us
Identifying information
Latest version 1.8 (stable)
Developed by ART-DECOR Expert Group
Owned by ART-DECOR Expert Group
Abstract ART-DECOR is an open-source tool suite that supports the creation and maintenance of HL7 templates, value sets as well as data sets. It features cloud-based federated Building Block Repositories (BBR) for templates and value sets. The tool offers a data set and a scenario editor, two template editors, a value set editor and includes browsers for various international terminologies such as LOINC and SNOMED CT. ART-DECOR supports comprehensive collaboration of team members within and between governance groups.
Maturity ART-DECOR is used in over 30 production projects throughout Europe and other parts of the world
Classification data
  • Business/Clinical requirements specification
    • data set / domain modeling
    • Requirements management systems
    • Model registry/repository
  • Base Standard specification
    • Standards registry/repositories
    • Standard development
    • Publication tool
  • Profile (template) specification
    • Profiles registry/repositories
    • Profile development
  • Product development support
    • Test data generators
    • Help desk
    • Examples libraries
    • Reference implementations
  • Deployment support
    • Issue tracker / Tickets management
    • Help desk
    • Terminology services
    • Standard/profile mapping systems
  • Maintenance support
    • Issue tracker / Tickets management
  • Verification and Validation
    • Test management tools
    • Conformance testers
    • Interoperability validators
    • Simulators/Stubs
    • Test Data generators
    • Support Tools
Use remote (e.g. web), local
Distribution PaaS, BaaS, Subversion
Access to the tool Free
Source code accessibility Open source
Distribution information
Tool location (URL)
Source code location (URL)
Info pages (URL)
Version 1.8 (stable), 1.9 (development)
Other Infos
(supported) Profiles HL7 Version 3 messages, HL7 Clinical Document Architecture, HL7 v2 XML, any kind of XML
(supported) Base standards HL7 CDA Release 2, HL7 v2, HL7 standard template libraries (e.g. C-CDA, CCD), standard IHE profiles, etc.
Adopted standards HL7 Version 3 messages, HL7 Clinical Document Architecture
In part of Not Applicable
Uses (a platform that may use different modules to work) Not Applicable
Requires All in install package: Exist-db XML database, Orbeon XForms management, XML methodologies; prerequisites: Tomcat, Java JDK
Used by Used in more than 30 projects, a few examples:
  • the national infrastructure ELGA in Austria
  • the national infrastructure eHealth Suisse in Switzerland
  • the Dutch Nictiz (National Healthcare Standards Institute)
  • the RIVM (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands)
  • the national infrastructure in Poland
  • HL7 Germany
  • IHE Germany
Integration capabilities (with other tools)
May this tool be integrated with other tools? Yes
Integration description ART-DECOR offers a wide variety of RESTful calls to get artefacts defined in the tool for publictaion and postprocessing purposes. Examples include: Publication Processes, User Interface specifications derived from dataset definitions, Foreign Database population, Foreign Artefact registries, Terminology Services
Info pages
Integrated tool XML database, XForms management, XML methodologies
Supported import/export formats diverse, e.g. HL7 Templates STU Exchange Format R1, IHE SVS, see also:
Supported (in/out) standards/profiles