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Subject: Re: Tag Languages, UID's etc. - Just what is a RosettaNet G-Ref???
David RR Webber said "RosettaNet have already adopted the equivalent of Bizcodes and UID's - they call them G-Ref's I believe." See http://lists.ebxml.org/archives/ebxml-core/200101/msg00167.html. Dear David: Whatever are you talking about this time? I have never heard of this RosettaNet G-Ref thing. Are you confusing this with GTINs (Global Trade Item Numbers)? GTINs are nothing more than EAN/UCC product IDs. Though global item numbers are a radical idea in the IT/EC business, they've long been used in consumer goods in the form of UPC (universal product codes). But what do product codes have to do with the UID things you and others have been talking about in the context of ebXML Core Components? Regardless of the technical mumbo-jumbo about "XPath/Xpointer constructs - where the Xpointer is the UID, and the XPath is the registry location - to achieve instance referencing from the parser," Bizcodes - or these elusive RosettaNet G-refs - will require comprehensive dictionaries of semantic units. Forget how the linkage is done, for now. Where are these dictionaries so we can take a look at them? I've looked all over the Bizcodes site, at http://www.bizcodes.org/, and there's no dictionary. Just slideware. The tough work is in building these semantic units you want to link via the UID. Only the BSR Basic Semantics Register even appears to have the start of a list of terms, though disappointingly small. After all these years of folks blathering on about registries, repositories and semantics, you would think there would be more we could base this work on. 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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