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Last changed: Apr 28, 2007 12:49 by gunther.stuhec
Labels: tmg_general, announcement, tmg_news, ccts

UN/CEFACT TMG is pleased to announce the release of Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS) Version 3 for second public review. The comments phase of this second public review will be from 16 April 2007 until 15 May 2007.

CCTS describes and specifies a semantic-based approach to the well-understood problem of the lack of information interoperability within and between applications and data bases in the e-business arena. It focuses expecially on a dynamic, flexible and interoperable way of standardizing business semantics of libraries for electronic business data exchange. Therefore, CCTS describes a revolutionary approach for developing a common set of semantic building blocks that represent the general types of business data in use today. This approach provides for the creation of new business vocabularies as well as restructuring of existing business vocabularies to achieve semantic interoperability of data. It defines meta models, and rules necessary for describing the structure and contents of conceptual and logical, and physical data models that can be used for collaborative business processes and information exchange.

UN/CEFACT has an open approach to developing its standards.  This open approach has five goals:

  • Openness - All specifications must be open, free of any constraints or restrictions associated with intellectual property rights (IPR).
  • World - wide Participation - All interested parties should have the opportunity to review, comment on, and contribute to Technical Specifications.
  • Speed - In an area increasingly moving "at Internet speed", it is vitally important that the process of developing specifications be speedy so that the resultant specifications are relevant to the needs of the industry, developers, and users.
  • Compatibility - Technical Specifications must not depend on features that are available only on one application or industry specification. Software developers and end-users around the world must be able to depend on technical applications that can be implemented the same way, and give the same results, on all hardware platforms and operating systems.
  • Technical Excellence - UN/CEFACT working groups will develop all Technical Specifications with the active participation of experts, and liaisons.

The UN/CEFACT Open Development Process (ODP) calls for a eight step approach to developing UN/CEFACT Standards. These eight steps are: 

  1. Proposal
  2. Requirements Determination
  3. First Draft
  4. Working Drafts
  5. Public Review
  6. Implementation Verification
  7. Approval The UN/CEFACT
  8. Maintenance

The CCTS is currently at Step 5 - Public Review - 2nd Iteration. This version incorporates all appropriate comments submitted since the first public review period. This second round of public review is essential to moving the document forward to Step 6 - Implementation Verification.  Interested parties are asked to review the document for technical correctness and submit comments using provided submission template.

Documents for Public Review 

The provided and to be reviewed documents of this public review are:

Document Link Action
CCTS V3.0 Draft Version for Public Review Specification_CCTS3p0 2nd Public Review 16APR2007.pdf Draft Specification - Must be reviewed
Comment Log Template CommentLog_CCTS 3p0 2nd Public Review Comment Submission.xls Should be used for comments
Rules Comparison List of the rules between CCTS V 2.01 and CCTS V 3.0 Draft Version Contribution_Rules_Compare_04APR07.xls Could be used for comparison with rules of former version (CCTS V2.01)
Comment Log of the 1st Iteration of Public Review Comment Log After 1st Iteration
Could be used for comparison with comments of the 1st iteration of public review

Submission of Comments 

Comments are due by 15 May 2007, and should be submitted to Project Lead and editor, and/or to the TMG web site as follows:

  • Project Lead: [~gunther.stuhec] Mail: gunther.stuhec@sap.com
  • Lead Editor: Mark Crawford Mail: mark.crawford@sap.com
  • TMG Website
    1. Use Filename: "CommentLog_CCTS_V3.0_PublicDraft_<yourname>_<submissionDate>.xls
    2. Go to Link: CCTS - ODP 5 - Public Review
    3. Go to the part "Presentation and Upload" at the tab "Information"
    4. Click on [Browse...] and browse through your files and select the file you'd like to attach.
    5. Enter a description for the attachment in the left text field (optional).
    6. Click on [Attach]


Those who like to actively participate for the next steps of this project, please *sign up at our* web site, provide at your "User's Profile" the following information:

- *Mobile:*
- *Phone:*
- *Fax:*
*+Level of Participation+*
"member" or "observer"

And click the button [Join this CCTS project?] at the project details side: CCTS - Core Components Technical Specification
Participation in this project is open to all interested parties. Participation can be at the member or observer level. Observers will be allowed full access to and involvement in all discussions. Voting is restricted to members.
You'll find a detailed guideline for registration and participation at the following link: User Guideline - 1. Sign Up and Joining

Kind regards,
TMG Chair, and CCTS Project Lead
Jim Wilson
Mark Crawford
CCTS Lead Editor

Posted at 16 Apr @ 2:09 AM by gunther.stuhec | 0 comments

The UN/CEFACT TMG is preparing a new web site, which is based on Atlassion Confluence. Especially these enterprise wiki based approach helps the TMG to improve significantly the daily standardization work and to collaborate and share all the required information for these work. Especially every active and passive project member of the CCMA project should actively sign-up and join the CCMA project at TMG web site:

  1. Sign up:
  2. Join the CCMA project:

How you have to sign up and join the CCMA project will be explained in detail at the user guideline:

Why Joining this CCMA Project? 

If you join the CCMA project, you will get:

  • Additional authorization for this web-site that includes uploading of documents, direct editing, ...
  • Access to all required information of the CCMA project
  • Newsletters about meetings, and activities
  • Guarantee that you'll be listed at all required mailing-lists
  • Project specifc online tracking of your contributions and comments, which will be considered for the future status of your membership and participants list at the CCMA specification

Which Information will be Provided? 

The new TMG web site has a well prepared structure for a better overview, for getting all information by a view clicks, and centralized finding of all required information regarding the CCMA project.  Additionally, the UN/CEFACT TMG will only use this web tool for showing and tracking the future progress of the CCMA project. Especially this web site provides the following information that can be reached by a view clicks:

  • Overview information about CCMA []
    • the scope 
    • the project chair, and project lead 
    • the project (ODP) status
    • the duration and progress of each ODP status, and
    • the aim of a specific year,.
  • Detailed information about each ODP step that includes (click on each project step)
    • all relevant information
    • all attachements that belong to the ODP step
    • all meeting information that belong to the ODP step
    • tracking information about the activities of the members

How will the Content be Provided? 

In order to eliminate the rank growth of different types of documents and decentralized storage of content, it is useful to edit the most of the relevant information directly at this web-site. Therefore, the  TMG website provides a number of templates that can be directly used for:

  • Project proposal
  • Requirements list
  • Call for participation
  • Call for contribution
  • Meeting invitation and agenda
  • Meeting minutes
  • Comment log
  • ....

The detailed user guideline gives you more information about the new TMG website:

If you need further assistance or information, please don't hesitate and ask me.

Kind regards,

Gait Boxman

Posted at 16 Apr @ 5:27 AM by gait.boxman@tie.nl | 0 comments