Subject: Re: UNSPSC - and code lists in general
David RR Webber wrote "I'm chiefly looking for is a central location that people can reference [to find applicable code lists]. Clearly the xml.org site can act in this role - a clearing house." David adds "..what is CEN/ISSS doing on this, if anything?" Dear David: You had earlier slammed the UN/SPSC as been inadequate for categorizing products and services, but you now say you were merely "using UN/SPSC codes as a example" of the general problem of finding applicable code lists in the first place. One doesn't follow the other, but...well, okay... now we'll work on your new problem du jour. Locating every possible code list would be a formidable task. They're maintained by all sorts of different agencies, and there's no existing secretariat which keeps track of them all. As we've discussed before in the context of code lists: you have your ISO standards, UN/ECE recommendations, ITU recommendations, IATA airport codes, UN/LOCODE, D-U-N-S, EAN, the NMFTA SCAC codes, the NRF size and color codes, etc. etc, ad infinitum. Then add on to those the more obscure lists such as the IAIABC Worker Comp codes (U.S.), various Hazardous Material codes, the Vertex Geocodes for taxing jurisdictions (U.S.), etc. etc., and you see that compiling such a list would be an insurmountable task quick to drive any sane person mad. So I suggest you get on it right away; it's clearly bothering you. You can start by retrieving the code lists referred to in Appendix A: Code Sources of the ASC X12 manual (there seem to be over 800 notations). Knowledge of this arcana usually comes the hard way: from experience. I suppose your suggestion of a repository like xml.org keeping track of all these lists isn't too bad - for the more common code lists (like Unit of Measure, or country or currency codes) people are likely to need, a first place to look them up would be nice. As new core components are built, additional relevant code lists will be encountered in the discovery process, and these too can be added to the "List o' Lists." Finally, what does the CEN/ISSS have to do with this? 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"
eList eXpress LLC