UN/CEFACT has been made aware that ISO TC154 are currently balloting a draft Technical Report known as ISO/DTR 18262 "Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration — Open data interchange framework".
Overall, we are pleased with the analysis and documentation of the current scenario. However, we believe the current recommendations need further discussion in order to be shared and agreed with UN/CEFACT through bilateral consultation and review.
The following are some of the UN/CEFACT concerns:
According to the UN/CEFACT view, the document appears not to have completely realized its scope, in that:
"... the identification of technical specifications and standards that are being maintained, developed or given consideration in work programmes and strategies that respond to stakeholder requirements for the open interchange of structured data in support of administration, commerce and trade;
Note:This may include work from Standards Development Organizations (SDO) other than ISO and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)."
We wish to draw attention to the Note. The current draft somehow appears to recommend that ISO TC 154 is the only external standardization group that can address UN/CEFACT's requirements for methodological and technical standards, whereas the scope of the MOU on eBusiness brings other Standards Development Organisations and consortia into the picture.
b. Identification of Issues.
We consider that many of the issues raised here are not part of a discussion about the relationships and dependencies of relevant specifications and standards. Many are issues of governance and management rather than responsibilities.
The concepts of the Open Data Interchange Framework appears to be not fully explained and there is, in our opinion, a need for further explanation of its relationship to the final recommendations.
In conclusion, we believe that it is in our common interest to initially agree on a document making recommendations to the major sponsor organization before making decisons on its publication. We therefore hope that further consultation will take place in order to achieve a common understanding of all issues related to the ODIF. This consultation and consequent agreement may certainly be facilitated by the fact that several UNCEFACT experts participated in the project.
Thank you very much for your attention.