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Subject: Globally Agreed Definitions for Individual Semantics
Sue Probert said "Depending on the mode of transportation, the country, or countries or the terms of delivery etc. this one piece of semantic data [bill of lading number ] can be called many different names e.g. airwaybill number, CMR number, railway consignment note etc. etc." Further, "...there will be only one of these reference numbers per consignment and the generic semantic definition could be agreed globally as something like 'transport contract reference number' ... We want to obtain the best generic globally acceptable name and definition for each piece of semantic data and then enable the specification of business synonyms..." Dear Sue: I agree wholeheartedly. And I would have thought most folks in UN/EDIFACT would agree that we need the "best generic globally acceptable name" for an item, though I'm somewhat discouraged how they're carrying that on. For example, take a look at D.E. 1153 (Reference code qualifier). Actually everyone can take a look - even if you don't have EDISIM - by going to http://www.unece.org/trade/untdid/d01a/tred/tred1153.htm. Code value "AHI" has a name of "Transport contract reference number," defined lucidly as "Reference number of a transport contract." If the intent was that the Transport contract reference number could be used to designate any of a bill of lading, air waybill, CMR waybill, or railway consignment note number, then I wish UN/EDIFACT had augmented the definition with those synonyms, rather than ridiculously regurgitating the name with a clumsy prepositional genitive. If those synonyms (which were probably known at the time "Transport contract reference number" was conceived) were available for searching, it probably would've made everyone's life easier. "Jeans of Blue," anyone? William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "accelerating time-to-trade"
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