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Subject: Re: [regrep] UK Government Registry Requirements

I applaud and encourage the observations expressed below. Having said
that, I'm presonally not certain that we can justly have the same level
of influence in this effort as we can in (for example) another OASIS TC
(such as WSRP), since this is an effort of the UK government vs. an open
standard that is leveraging other open standards.

[sorry for the run-on sentence]


> Peter Kacandes wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've just been reading a most disturing section of a draft document
> called the UK e-GIF (e Government Interoperability Framework):
> "2.5    Departments which are connected to the GSI are to use the GSI
> Notice 1/2003 Information GSI Directory Schema, except for WEB based
> transactions over SOAP when UDDI is to be used
> 2.6     When Web services are used they shall to be based on SOAP,
> UDDI and WSDL specifications."
> I think we as a TC need to make sure that ebXML Registry gets equal
> billing with UDDI for these purposes.
> Paul, is there anyway you can put us in touch with appropriate
> contacts to make sure that this gets modified in the next draft of
> this document?
> Especially given that other parts of the document talk about the
> importance of meta-data content management:
> "Content management metadata
> 2.19    The technical policies for content management metadata cover:
> The adoption and development of the e-GMS, based on the International
> Dublin Core model, to meet government's information management and
> retrieval needs
> The e-GMS is a 'superset' of metadata elements and refinements, and it
> is unlikely that any single system will require all of them.
> Organisations are therefore encouraged to develop sector and
> system-specific standards, removing elements that are not required,
> and adding local constraints
> 2.20    The development and maintenance of the GCL (Government
> Category List)."
> Also in section 2.39 it says:
> "For example, ebXML uses the international address standard whereas
> the UK has its own address standard."
> I'd like to understand what they mean by that.
> The full document can be found at:
> http://www.govtalk.gov.uk/schemasstandards/egif_document.asp?docnum=731
> regards
> pk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Spencer [mailto:paul.spencer@boynings.co.uk]
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 10:29 AM
> To: regrep
> Subject: [regrep] UK Government Registry Requirements
> I hope people remember the discussions we had last year about this. We
> got
> as far as agreeing to put together a document based on the
> requirements of
> the UK MOD and wider requirements that others could contribute.
> Sorry about the delay (I have been tied up with the Election Markup
> Language), but I have now done a first draft of those parts of the
> document
> that I said that I would do. It is at
> http://boynings.co.uk/mod/regrep-v0-2.pdf.
> The next stage is to add wider requirements and come up with a
> standards-based architecture to achieve these requirements. My goal is
> to
> create an architecture using OASIS standards that can be used to allow
> these
> registries to interact, not only within government, but also, for
> example,
> with a UBL repository. Although I am talking about the registry (which
> will
> obviously use ebXML standards since we are discussing it here) I
> believe
> there is a lot we need to decide in terms of how the registry is used
> and
> the client applications required. However, it is essential within
> Government
> not to specify specific applications to be used.
> My hope is that people will read this document (it is a PDF, but I am
> happy
> to do other formats on request) and we can discuss it at the telecon
> on
> Thursday.
> Regards
> Paul Spencer
> Director
> Boynings Consulting Ltd
> http://www.boynings.co.uk
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