UBL based business document management for achieving business innovation in virtual enterprise environments

Başar, Rahmi Volkan
E-business came into play when computers have started to be an important part of the businesses over the past decades. Businesses moved traditional aspects of their businesses into the software world to be able to compete with other businesses and make use of the emerging facilities. Business document management is one of these aspects. The information, knowledge exchange among or within businesses are realized through documents. The semantically rich, conceptually shaped documents constitute a playground for computer scientists. Semantic based document management standards have been created by trade centres to increase interoperability, define common semantics, prevent conflicts among businesses and help in other dimensions to the businesses. One of the standardization efforts is realized by United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business(UN-CEFACT) in the form of a specification i.e. Core Components Technical Specification(CCTS). CCTS defines a methodology to be used for managing documents and creates a basis common vocabulary for businesses. The well-known implementation of CCTS is Universal Business Language(UBL). UBL is an XML based standard. UBL not only presents a wide collection of XML business data components but also details customization methods for specific needs of businesses. In this study, UBL is applied to business documents for the goal of innovation in virtual enterprise environments. To achieve this goal, innovation activities and related business documents of two companies are studied. This leads us to document schemas and information, knowledge required for enabling innovation. Then, CCTS approach and UBL is utilized to model and use documents as a source of knowledge. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no ICT-285746, as a part of the BIVEE Project (Business Innovation and Virtual Enterprise Environment).


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Citation Formats
R. V. Başar, “UBL based business document management for achieving business innovation in virtual enterprise environments,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.