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Accounting professor to host international XBRL conference in Lawrence

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

LAWRENCE — The Ernst & Young Center for Auditing Research and Advanced Technology (E&Y CARAT) will host its sixth-annual “International Conference on XBRL: Transparency, Assurance and Analysis” on April 26 and 27 in Lawrence.

The conference is free to KU faculty and students.

“This conference provides us with new ideas to conduct research and gives us a forum to bring together leading researchers, practitioners and regulators to have an open discussion on critical issues relating to XBRL technology,” said Rajendra Srivastava, KU accounting professor and conference coordinator.

XBRL stands for Extensible Business Reporting Language, which is a defined set of rules for encoding documents, similar to HTML web code. Currently the Securities and Exchange Commission requires all public companies to file their financial reports in the XBRL format, which is meant to democratize business information and improve disclosure transparency.

The conference will feature presentations by academics and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad, including representatives from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and several XBRL filers. The two-day program will include formal paper presentations and three panel sessions.

Attendees interested in learning more about XBRL are encouraged to register for a pre-conference training session on the filing language, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 25 in Budig Hall.

For more information about the XBRL conference, contact Rajendra P. Srivastava via email or 785-864-7590, or visit the conference’s webpage.

The Ernst & Young Center for Auditing Research is housed within the University of Kansas School of Business. The XBRL conference is sponsored by Ernst & Young and the Kansas Society of CPAs.

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