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Subject: Re: [soa-rm] eCommerce definitions

One thing I have trouble with is the use of words like "send" WRT to an 
electronic message.  Is anything really sent?  No - all that happens is 
the voltage at one end point is switched on and off several times and 
the other side detects the voltage switches.  Nothing is actually sent 
from one place to another.  Can someone actually "receive" an electronic 

These are good definitions.  Some of them are probably far too business 
specific for our purposes but good for the discussions and analysis.



Anders W. Tell wrote:

> A number of definitions from the eCommerce domain that provides some 
> interesting verbage and distinctions.
> “Communication” means any statement, declaration, demand, notice or 
> request, including an offer and the acceptance of an offer, that the 
> parties are required to make or choose to make in connection with the 
> [negotiation] [formation] or performance of a contract;
> “Electronic communication” means any communication that the parties 
> make by means of data messages;]
> “Data message” means information generated, sent, received or stored 
> by electronic, optical or similar means including, but not limited to, 
> electronic data interchange (EDI),18 electronic mail, telegram, telex 
> or telecopy;
> “Originator” of an electronic communication means a party by whom, or 
> on whose behalf, the electronic communication has been sent or 
> generated prior to storage, if any, but it does not include a party 
> acting as an intermediary with respect to that electronic communication;
> “Addressee” of an electronic communication means a party who is 
> intended by the originator to receive the electronic communication, 
> but does not include a party acting as an intermediary with respect to 
> that electronic communication;
> “Information system” means a system for generating, sending, 
> receiving, storing or otherwise processing data messages;
> “Automated information system” means a computer program or an 
> electronic or other automated means used to initiate an action or 
> respond to data messages or performances in whole or in part, without 
> review or intervention by a person each time an action is initiated or 
> a response is generated by the system;
> “Place of business” means [any place of operations where a party 
> carries out a non-transitory activity with human means and goods or 
> services;] [the place where a party maintains a stable establishment 
> to pursue an economic activity other than the temporary provision of 
> goods or services out of a specific location;]
> “Person” means natural persons only, whereas “party” includes both 
> natural persons and legal entities;
> "

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