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Subject: Re: [soa-rm] Service Consumer in RM or not?


It is in our charter:

"Reference Model - A reference model is an abstract framework for 
understanding significant relationships among the entities of some 
environment, and for the development of consistent standards or 
specifications supporting that environment. A reference model is based 
on a small number of unifying concepts and may be used as a basis for 
education and explaining standards to a non-specialist. [1] A reference 
model is not directly tied to any standards, technologies or other 
concrete implementation details, but it does seek to provide a common 
semantics that can be used unambiguously across and between different 

This definition is a mixture of quotes from several top software architects.



Michael Stiefel wrote:

> "If we do vote to include the SC, we then have to open up the RM to 
> everything else that follows which means that it won't be a RM, it 
> will be architecture."
> I have never seen satisfactory definitions for reference model and 
> reference architecture to say what should be included in one as 
> opposed to the other. Definitions are required, not analogies or 
> examples.
> I think this is another issue that is a subtext to a lot of our 
> discussions that has to be settled.
> It certainly is the subtext to the one document or two discussion. I 
> got a sense at the last conference call, that having two documents was 
> a way to finesse this issue without really dealing with it.
> Michael

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