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Subject: re "What is a R"
Message text written by Terry Allen >Of course there must be a human-readable interface to the stored objects, but it must be constructed from the metadata for those objects. As you mention library classification schemes, you might want to look at corc.oclc.org which allows navigation of the quite complex metadata librarians actually use.< >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Terry, Thanks for finding an example that EXACTLY illustrates the point. This site is perfectly functional for trained librarians to use - but is utterly useless for normal business people. Let's try some use cases against this site: 1) I run a 'All Fields' search against the keyword 'Chess', I get 16+ pages of content to sift thru - not in my life-time - too much info'. 2) So I go back and refine the search - I'm actually looking for chess material relating to the French Defense, so I change the search criteria to Chess AND French - All Fields, and re-run. Ooops - I get a single link to a Web Page of a local school in Ohio - not exactly what I had in mind. So what is this teaching us? That the generalized classification and searching mechanisms in Repositories like this is EXACTLY why they are failing to deliver broad-based adoption outside of highly specialized niche implementations. Dictionaries were created 500 years ago when printing presses were invented. They are next to useless for empowering you to find information, unless you are prepared to do line-by-line exhaustive searches. You absolutely MUST expose a business functional, directed searching mechanism FIRST. This enables end-users to see immediately what is available within the Repository. THEN they know straightaway if they have reached the right place to even find an answer. Generalized searching methods are not adequate. > In the document I was commenting on, the point of departure is the modelling of business processes, which the CEFACT TMWG has embraced. If you want to take issue with that decision, you'll probably have to show them how you can get the results they think they need without the machinery they think they need. < As for the TMWG draft - this is only a working document and has not been broadly adopted by the X12 membership. As such it is clear WHY the ebXML effort needs to put the eBusiness facilitation first - and YES, you can bet that I will be demonstrating software and XML mechanisms that do simply, inituitively and effectively meet the business need here. DW.
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