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Subject: Re: [emergency] EDXL DE General Concern about lack of focus

Re: Recheck: will do.


At 8:56 AM -0500 11/10/05, Ham, Gary A wrote:
>I have some concerns related to the general structure of the DE and
>particularly the kind of changes that seem to be on the table.
>My fear is that we are trying to put way too much hard to parse
>intelligence into the distribution element.  Its original purpose was to
>separate distribution concerns from content concerns so that
>distributors do not have to understand content to do effective
>distribution.  When we recognized that sometimes different content
>needed to be distributed together for the same purpose, we added the
>capability of multiple content items within the distributed container.
>If we are not careful we could slide down a slippery slope to the point
>that the distribution element becomes an amalgamation device FOR content
>instead of a decoupled distribution capability OF content.  I believe
>that this would complicate efforts to use the element for its original
>clear purpose, management of distribution.  My point: too many good
>ideas might actually endanger the real value that we wish to provide.
>So, please look at what we have done with that thought in mind.  As soon
>as Sylvia is finished with her write-up, I intend to re-read our
>structure with its original focus in mind.  I request that all of us
>recognize that we will be more effective if we keep amalgamation and
>distribution decoupled.  Amalgamation is temptingly convenient at the
>distribution level.  But it also confuses issues. We could always do a
>separate amalgamation element at a later date to handle assembly
>management when information is shipped together. 
>Gary A. Ham
>Senior Research Scientist
>Battelle Memorial Institute
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