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Subject: RE: Tag Languages, UID's etc.
Stuart Campbell: >The user community is looking for guidance[...] >do lets tackle some of the simpler things first. Maybe the essential guidance cannot come from looking at data elements in isolation. In the CC-BP-Analysis group, we are working on what we're calling "common business processes" and "business collaboration patterns", where we are trying to capture some of the most commonly used practices in electronic business. I think some of the guidance you seek needs to start at the business process level, not just at the document or core component level. In the collaboration patterns, we are looking at the semantic relationships between business transactions and documents, and also at the most commonly used core components that would be involved. Lots of the semantic relationships are based on economic principles and common and commercial laws that cut across many industries. For example, the first collaboration pattern we are trying to document is called (for now at least) Order-Fulfillment-Settlement. (That might actually be Order-Delivery-Payment in most cases, but we also want to allow for prepayments and service orders and things that go bump in the night and thus must be settled.) There is a small number of core components that will be used in the critical relationships between documents in this pattern: order ids, product ids, quantities, locations, dateAndTime, etc. I'm not trying to be complete here, but just suggestive. The business semantic relationships at the process level could help to provide context (in the semantic sense) and priority to core components. (P.S. this is not in opposition to industry standards, that's where the refinement and detail comes in.) Regards, Bob Haugen
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