Dear Dominique, Henk,
The UBL Transportation Subcommittee is surprised and also disappointed
that we have failed to communicate our intention with regard to accommodating
the concerns of TBG3 following the recent public review of UBL version
2.0. Given our limited time and resources we have had to restrict the
scope of the business processes covered by UBL 2.0. This is not to say we
do not recognize the limitations TBG3 have identified, only that we could not
address them in a meaningful way in time to meet the UBL 2.0 schedule. In
fact, UBL version 2.0 is now completed and currently being ratified by OASIS,
to be published in December 2006.
It is regrettable but true that the participants in the UBL Transportation
Subcommittee are mostly self funded and so attending face-to-face meetings is
not always feasible. This has been unfortunate. For example,
had UBL been able to participate in the recent Barcelona meeting of TBG3 we might have
avoided such a misunderstanding of our intentions.
Be assured, UBL is committed to moving its work into CEFACT. We believe
we have a formal agreement with the CEFACT Plenary to do this. Accordingly, the
UBL Transportation Subcommittee is committed to working collaboratively with
TBG3 on future developments, and wishes to work together to find constructive
ways to do so given the practical difficulties of face-to-face meetings.
One such development could be the extension and refinement of the
Transportation Status document. This appears to be a worthwhile task that
would allow us to take an existing UBL document together with implementation
experience from the US Dept. of Transport's EFM project and develop both a
business process and data model consistent with both TBG3 and UN/eDocs.
The resulting artifacts can then be submitted as UN/CEFACT deliverables.
Such a work programme mirrors a similar collaboration between UBL and TBG1.
To conclude, the UBL Transportation Subcommittee takes Resolution 3 from your Barcelona meeting very
seriously. Whilst we do not believe we have acted incorrectly in these
matters, we do believe a more proactive approach in communicating our
intentions accurately is essential.
UBL TSC Chair
65 – 6887 7516
65 – 6778 5277
formerly known as Singapore
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The Crimson, Singapore
Tel: 65 - 6887 7888
Fax: 65 - 6778 5277
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