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Re: Restructuring concepts and relations

From: Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:38:25 +0200
To: Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030624083825.GR2573@w3.org>

* Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com> [2003-06-24 00:27-0500]
> Mike and I have been noodling a little on the overall bag of concepts 
> and relationships.
> 
> Enclosed is a super-concept diagram (v. incomplete as yet) that 
> highlights one possible breakdown of the architecture:
[..]
> The idea is that the WSA can be partitioned as a kind of 
> system-of-systems. There is a fairly densely connected set of 
> dependencies between these areas but generally each can also be viewed 
> in as independent systems.

This seems like a good way to have a good organization of the document
and clearer diagrams to me.

The work we started with concentrating on message-related concepts
goes in the direction of focusing on the MOA to start with.

One comment about your overview:

[..]
> The Security architecture is really a poor name. It is really 
> attempting to capture policies, privacy (at a different level to that 
> in the MOA), legal accountability (**), etc. A better name would be the 
> Institutional Architecture but that name may confuse a bunch of people.

I have heard from different people, both inside and outside the WG,
concerns over the use of the term "legal".

We are addressing technical problems, and should limit ourselves to
identifying the real-world ownership of relevant systems and who they
are acting on behalf of, as pointed out in the definition of agent. I
am actually not sure that we need to represent both.  Therefore, I
would stay away from considering legal accountability as a core
concept and just have a hook to the real world in our architecture.

We should probably also rename "legal entity" into something like
"real-world entity", "owner" or "user". Note that I am not intending
here to start a debate about how to label what's currently called
"legal entity", and am happy to continue to see "legal entity" until
we start focusing on this part of the architecture.

Regards,

Hugo

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