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Subject: Re: Core Components docs for review - and did you know that Greenlandis part of North America?
Thanks again to James Whittle for the latest Core Components documents he gave us yesterday, available at the handsome and well-designed CC web page at http://www.ebxml.org/project_teams/core_components/Latest.htm. I think my comments in "Re: Tokyo document for review," from last month, at http://lists.ebxml.org/archives/ebxml-core/200011/msg00007.html, re: section 7.3 Regional Context in the document "ebXML Definition of Core Component Context Categorizations, Classifications, and Values," are still germane and have not been addressed yet.. I gave Duane Nickull the address of the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency, at http://www.din.de/gremien/nas/nabd/iso3166ma/, on Monday. The section on "Scope and applications of ISO 3166-1" makes it clear "ISO 3166-1 does NOT code: Names of languages (e.g. Gaelic), Names of nations or peoples (e. g. Dutch), Names of groupings of countries (e. g. Scandinavia), Names of continents (e. g. Asia), [nor] Names of organizations (e. g. OAS, NAFTA, WHO)." But the "Interesting links" section at the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency does point to the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), at http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/methods/m49.htm, which has Country and Region Codes for Statistical Use. The UNSD's section on Geographical regions, at http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/methods/m49regin.htm, breaks out the countries according to geographical area: Composition of macro geographical (continental) regions and component geographical regions, using the ISO 3166 3-digit numeric codes, which the UNSD develops and maintains. Note that the UNSD has defined three-digit codes for the continents and major geographical areas, which, if we insist on categorizing these areas, would be better suited for our purposes. These people (UN bureaucrats) are undoubtedly better at geography than either Martin Bryan or myself. Did you know, for instance, that Greenland is part of North America? The ISO 3166 three-digit codes are also available at http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/methods/m49alpha.htm, or in the CIA's World Factbook, http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/docs/app-f.html. Perhaps stuff from section 7.3, Regional Context, can be replaced with some template and examples referring to the UN materials, and appendix 8.1, Regional Classifications, could be removed altogether, reducing the heft of the ebXML document. Though I seriously doubt the trade organizational classifications within section 7.3 and Appendix 8.1 will ever be useful in setting context of core components - because they are way too broad-brushed - Martin can have a go at such a list made available by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, at http://eur-op.eu.int/code/pt/pt-5000500.htm. Unfortunately, this annex is in Portuguese, and the English version doesn't have the organizations noted. But you'll be able to figure it out: EU, NAFTA, ASEAN, Mercosul, etc. memberships are noted. More interesting factoids: Anguila, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Helena, and the British Indian Ocean Territories belong to the UK (or Reino Unido da Gră-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte)? I think the U.S. has been out-imperialized by the U.K. Set some context on that!!! William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "Commerce for a New World"
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