Subject: ebXML Registry "Granularity"
Team, This week I participated in a series of federal XML meetings in which the OASIS/ebXML Registry standard was mentioned as a candidate for various potential roles within multiple federal government initiatives. That's great news. In most if not all of these references, there is a *very strongly* expressed requirement for granular registration - that is, registration of elements, attributes, and datatypes - as well as XML namespace support. There has been a very big push within the federal government in the past several years for component-based architectures, both from a software module standpoint as well as a data standpoint. I know that if an implementer chose to, they could include such functionality in their ebXML Registry product, given the abstract nature of our information model. But the reality is that people read our specifications and they don't explicitly glean from the specs that the ebXML Registry standard can accomodate granular registration and maintenance - so they close the specs and potentially move on to other possible solutions (solutions which do exist in the federal space and do allow such granular registration and maintenance, as well as namespace support). That's not-so-great news. What I would like to propose is that, in no greater than 3 months, we make a big technical and marketing push to educate the world as to the potential of granular registration and maintenance for an ebXML Registry. I think a great first step would be the creation of a series of Technical Notes that address (1) how to register and maintain elements, attributes and datatypes in an ebXML Registry and (2) how to register and maintain namespaces, and associate elements, attributes, and datatypes with their namespaces. Then, we can combine this capability with CAM, and allow registry users to assemble schemas using registered artifacts such as namespaces, elements, attributes, and datatypes. Is anyone with me on this challenge? Kind Regards, Joe
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