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Un/cefact ccts based e-business document design and customization environment for achivieng data interoperability

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2009
Tunçer, Fulya
The leading effort for creating a standard semantic basis for business documents to solve the electronic business document interoperability problem came from the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS) through a conceptual document modeling methodology. Currently, the main challenge in using UN/CEFACT CCTS based approaches is that the document artifacts are stored in spreadsheets and this makes it very difficult to discover the previously defined components and to check their consistency. Furthermore, businesses need to customize standard documents according to their specific needs. The first XML implementation of UN/CEFACT CCTS, namely, Universal Business Language (UBL) provides detailed text-based descriptions of customization mechanisms. However, without automated tool support, it is difficult to apply the customization and to maintain the consistency of the customizations. In this thesis, these problems are addressed by providing an online e-business document design and customization environment, i.e. iSURF eDoCreator, which integrates the machine processable versions of paper-based UN/CEFACT CCTTS modeling methodology and UBL customization guidelines, accompanied with an online common UN/CEFACT CCTS based document component repository. In this way, iSURF eDoCreator environment aims to maximize re-use of available document building blocks and minimize the tedious document design and customization efforts. The environment also performs the gap analysis between different customizations of UBL to show how interoperable is the compared document models. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement n° 213031, the iSURF Project.