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Subject: Re: [emergency-msg] RM elements - Ross/Jon Skeels

On 26 Aug 2006, at 02:24, Aymond, Patti wrote:

Looking at this I realize that we don't have elements that identify the requestor and the provider. I think we need to add that distinction. I see the general "ContactInfo" as contact information relating to the sender of the message, which may not be the requestor of the resource or the provider of the resource. One thought is to add a "ContactType" element in "ContactInfo" that can have the values "MessageSender", "Resource Requester", or "ResourceProvider" - or something like that.

We should define two roles within the RM structures.

1 - Resource Consumers - those that request and need resources

2 - Resource Distributors - those that have resources, or have access to them, or manage them for others, and can provide/dispatch resources (to Resource Consumers)

My assumption has been that the ContactInformation is always the sender of the resource message, and hence in some cases
it is the RC and others the RD - those distinction simply depends on the message type.

So the question is:  Do we need more roles than these two?

For example, do we need a "Resource Owner" who maybe different than the RD - for example: Owning/HomeDispatch/HomeUnit
If yes, then we need some Ref Model changes.
If no, then we don't need this info - we assume that the RD is responsible for all aspects of the Resource management.
(In this case, if the HomeDispatch is "Collins Dispatch Center" then this would only appear in one of the arrival/departure Locations elements, as this is the important bit of information...)

I think the important design-philosophy is that we are not trying to replicate an entire back-end resource management/logistics system, but the interoperability between resource consumer/distributor.

Cheers...  Renato Iannella
National ICT Australia (NICTA)

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