Subject: MORE: re "What is a Repository?"
Message text written by Terry Allen > For ebxml purposes, which I take to be the storage of schemas for defined e-commerce documents, the decomposition makes sense (although for e-commerce in general there will be some documents that are treated as attachments and the schemas for which needn't be stored in this repository). <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Terry, This is way off beam. The function of the XML repository for ebXML is to faciltiate B2B and B2C commerce thru electronic means based on XML as the underlying syntax. The audience is broad business end users; not specialized MIS professionals. Just as EDI has IG (implementation guidelines) to assist END-USERS in locating applicable information and transactions to fulfil their business functional needs between them and their trading partners - so too the ebXML XML repository should serve as a portal to enable practitioners within a field (accountants, adminstrators, business people) to quickly, accurately and easily locate, use and contribute too the information and process base. Therefore, the critical functionality is NOT all the wiring such as X3.285, SC32, X3L8, ISO 11179, UML, which only serve in obscuring the business operational and simple functional facilitation. A better analogy is a simple Category/Section and lookup, retrieval system based on business purpose. Directed searching and human custodians, (as discussed at length in the XML/edi group document on Repositories) can far surpass the capabilites of robot and agent classification systems. Next time you walk into your local library to find a book - would you want to be confronted by an indexing scheme based on a hybrid meta-topic based rendering of the vectors from a point determined analysis of the surface mapping of the information space derived from the canonical Dublin-core based parsing of the electronically scanned book content of the whole library, OR would you rather: a) Ask the information desk? b) Go to a simple classification by category and section that the librarians have assembled as they add new books to the shelves? DW.
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