Conceptual Business Document Modeling using UN/CEFACT's Core Components

P. Liegl:
"Conceptual Business Document Modeling using UN/CEFACT's Core Components";
Vortrag: Sixth Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM2009), Wellington, New Zealand; 20.01.2009 - 23.01.2009; in:"Proceedings of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM2009), Wellington, New Zealand", Australian Computer Society, 96 (2009), ISBN: 978-1-920682-77-4; S. 59 - 69.

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Abstract:


Before two businesses can engage in a business-to-business process an agreement about the process execution order and the business documents exchanged in the collaborative process must be found. Although several initiatives from different industries have started standardization initiatives for business documents a set of shortcomings still remain. (1) The different standards do not have a common semantic basis causing inter-operability problems between them. (2) Furthermore, they try to include every possible element any industry might need into the business document standard. (3) Moreover, most of the standards are transfer syntax specific and do not provide a conceptual representation mechanism.
In this article a new concept for the standardization of business documents called UN/CEFACT's Core Components Technical Specification is presented which solves these shortcomings. Using Core Components the business document modeler can unambiguously define documents with a common semantic basis on a conceptual level. In order to allow for a better integration into UML modeling tools we introduce the UML Profile for Core Components. With the UML based core component model and an XML schema generator the modeler can derive XML schema artifacts from the conceptual model.