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PIDX ebXML Software Effort

From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) <RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 12:53:16 -0600
Message-ID: <7FCB5A9F010AAE419A79A54B44F3718E01817D9F@bocnte2k3.boc.chevrontexaco.net>
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I thought you might be interested, as a sort of data point on industry
uptake, that PIDX (the EDI subgroup of the API - American Petroleum
Institute) is starting up a "PIDX Business Message Work Group TRP
Specification Team".  This group "will develop a transport, routing and
packaging (TRP) specification compliant with version 2.0, revision C, of
the OASIS ebXML Message Service Specification".  I think that this is
intended to be something along the lines of WS-I -- that is, some sort
of additional constraints and interpretations of the OASIS spec needed
to answer specific questions about implementation.   In addition, the
intention is to develop open source software that implements that spec
in the sense of making the XML required for the transport (not providing
the transport itself).  See the announcement at http://www.pidx.org for
a bit more detail.
Some background might be useful in understanding what is going on here.
PIDX has already put out a spec for procurement transactions (invoices,
etc) involving oilfield services (which can involve real big bucks and
complex terms).  As a matter of fact ChevronTexaco very recently brought
online a pilot project using this spec.  The current spec uses
RosettaNet 2.0 for transport -- for sort of historical reasons.  This
current PIDX effort is aimed at replacing the RosettaNet transport
protocols with ebXML.  The objective is to reduce the startup costs for
small companies that want to get involved with using this technology.
If any of you folk are aware of similar or related efforts I'd
appreciate hearing about it.  The PIDX people are already aware of
Hermes (http://www.freebxml.org/msh.htm). 
Received on Thursday, 27 March 2003 13:55:04 UTC

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