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Subject: Re: [ubl-ndrsc] Fwd: HKSARG XML Guide

This work also covers (in fact the majority of it deals with)  the work being done in UBL Library Content - not simply the XML naming and design rules.  In  fact, by addressing this to ATG2, it exposes the difficulty CEFACT will have in trying to keep this work under ATG2 - much of this covers TMG work (as is Library Content's work).

I am sure Thomas wont mind if i pass this on to the Library Content list as well. I think that they will be interested to see this material.

jon.bosak@sun.com wrote:
FYI.  Please respond directly to Thomas with comments on this



Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 13:07:06 +0800
From: Thomas Lee <ytlee@cecid.hku.hk>
To: MCRAWFORD@lmi.org
CC: jon.bosak@sun.com, "H.Sugamata" <sugamata@ecom.or.jp>
Subject: HKSARG XML Guide

Dear Mark,

This is Thomas Lee from CECID Hong Kong. I had an ATG2 teleconference with you on April 7. I mentioned about an XML Schema Design and Management Guide we have been developing for the Hong Kong SAR Government (HKSARG). We've just finished a DRAFT version as attached and would like to seek comments from your group.

The attachment is packaged as follows:

Part 1 - Overview: an introduction to the objectives of this project and the deliverables.
Part 2 - XML Schema Design Guide: an XML Schema design methodology we have produced based on CCTS and UBL. It is intended to standardize the mechanisms for producing XML Schemas for HKSARG G2G and G2B joined-up services.
Part 3 - XML Schema Management Guide: the policy and organization we propose to manage and standardize the XML Schemas produced by different government departments.
Part 4 - Appendices: supplementary information for applying the Guide, including a case study for illustrating the use of the Design Guide.

I would like to add a point that the way of standardizing schemas for HKSARG is quite different from the ways commonly used by other standards bodies, such as ATG2 and UBL. We have adopted a rather decentralized and progressive approach for HKSARG, in which schema components to be standardized are contributed by projects. HKSARG does not intend to standardize schemas at the document level (at least initially) while it seeks to standardize only essential schema components, such as different types of addresses (e.g. postal address, physical address, etc.).  The reason is partly due to that this progressive approach is strategically more feasible than the big bang approach for standardization because of the decentralized IT management nature in HKSARG.

Therefore, we choose to provide a simple standard methodology for project teams to capture buisness requirements and translate them into consistent schema code. We have extensively simplified and systematized CCTS for project teams, who are not expected to be XML and standardization experts, to use. A very small central team will be formed to standardize only essential schema components of which the business requirements are contributed by project teams. Owing to the extensive customization, we seek to remove and modify some complex CCTS concepts and features. Therefore, some potential deviations from CCTS should be expected.

I believe your team could provide us with valuable suggestions on further enhancing our deliverables with your XML standardization experience and expertise. On the other hand, you may also see whether some guidelines in the Guide are relevant for adoption by your team. You may upload this package to your e-room for review by your members.

Dear Jon,

I would like to see if the UBL team is also interested in this XML Guide. BTW, we have adopted many ideas from the UBL methodology. :-) Please also circulate the package among your members. We would like to invite comments from your team too.



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