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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proceedings of 2003.03.20 Conference Call

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From: Patrick Cassidy <pcassidy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 22:09:07 -0500
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   I have a novice question about the current state of UBL
technology -- what constitutes a "use case"?  Tim McGrath
provided a helpful reference:    (01)

Tim McGrath wrote:
 > There are some use cases published with the latest UBL release
 > (0p70).   This is available at ftp://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/
 > (just a  note of warning that OASIS are changing their web site
 > this weekend so  the link may be down for a while).
 > One of the things we had to do manually when developing the use case
 > data set was validate things like:
 > Did the Order Change reference items that were on the original
 > Order? Were the Invoice references actually to valid Orders and
 > Order items?
 > Is this the kind of transactional integrity referred to earlier?
 >    (02)

    At that site I find  a scenario described:    (03)

5.1 Scenario -- The UBL Trading Cycle    (04)

This model addresses the requirements of a basic, usable trading cycle 
from Order to Invoice between Buyer and Seller. It includes 
specifications for:    (05)

     * Order
     * Order Response (simple)
     * Order Response (complex)
     * Order Cancellation
     * Despatch Advice
     * Receipt Advice
     * Invoice    (06)

It provides for:    (07)

     * identification of each item according to a range of ID systems
     * specification of delivery detail at item line level
     * Specification of the packaging of the ordered items limited to:
       (a) packaging when it is an inherent part of the Item 
identified by the Item Identifier
       (b) packaging of the whole delivery consignment in one way, 
e.g. all items palletised, containerised, etc.    (08)

It does not provide for:    (09)

     * any sub-line facilities, because this is an area of diversity 
for which more industry-specific knowledge and input into creating a 
different business scenario is required.
     * sophisticated packaging within packaging, which is seen as a 
different business scenario, and for which more business 
context-specific knowledge and input is required.
=========================================    (010)

    Is this what is meant by a "use case" or is there also somewhere
procedural code that is actually executed on a computer implementing
such a scenario and using the UBL specifications?    (011)

    Pat    (012)

Patrick Cassidy    (013)

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