ECDTF/ISIG/CSCW WG/Agent WG/Brokerage
WG Meeting Minutes – Tokyo, Japan
Chairs: Greg Mack (Booz, Allen &
John Propper (NetVendor Systems, Inc,
Shridhar Rangarajan (EC Cubed, http://www.eccubed.com)
May 17, 1999
Greg M called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.
The Brokerage WG RFP presentation was rescheduled to occur at 2:00 pm on
Wednesday, 19 May, 1999 as part of a joint meeting with the ADSS SIG.
Shridhar R described a collaboration scenario between the ECDTF and CommerceNet:
Shridhar described the possible collaboration
of the ECDTF and CommerceNet based on the above observations. This would
be an excellent time for the ECDTF to leverage CommerceNet's expertise
in building proof-of-concept solutions that use OMA-compliant products.
It must be made clear that the ECDTF is not suggesting that CommerceNet
should use only OMA-compliant products. It would be a rather fruitful research
exercise to see how a CORBA-based solution interoperates with other solutions
that are out there. The sense of the group was to support the establishment
of a draft liaison agreement to be presented for discussion and possible
adoption at the next meeting at San Jose.
is an organization that facilitates the incorporation of EC processes in
government & private organizations with the help of its members. The
effort is focused on helping the government & private sector to set
up an EC infrastructure (eCO framework) in their respective organizations.
Examples of processes that comprise this infrastructure are: PKI (security
& trust), procurement, catalog interoperability, supply chain automation,
workflow process automation, negotiation, sales & marketing, finance,
etc. The Catalog Interoperability Pilot (EC Cubed is the Architecture Champion
for phase 2 of this Pilot that is currently underway) addresses just a
few of these processes. There are other groups within CommerceNet that
are focused on other areas. CommerceNet can provide and has provided to-date
is a point of practical actions to establish examples of what works and
what does not.
Shridhar next described a possible collaboration
scenario between the Agents WG and Ontology.org (http://www.ontology.org):
Shridhar explained how Ontology.org
could contribute to the Agent WG's RFI process http://www.objs.com/isig/agents.html.
From a practical perspective, the starting point would be to introduce
Ontology.org to the OMG in general and the ECDTF/Agent WG in particular.
Next, Ontology.org could table issues that they have been trying to solve
in the past. The sense of the group was to support the establishment of
a draft liaison agreement to be presented for discussion and possible adoption
at the next meeting at San Jose.
Ontology.org is working on the
ontologies for business processes in different vertical domains such as
manufacturing, finance, etc. CommerceNet has committed itself to XML as
the standard format for data representation, setting up (XML) registry
services for accessing & browsing through catalogs located in a distributed
environment. However, all this data must be based upon standard ontologies
for deeper interoperability between different processes that use these
data repositories and the catalogs that they host. Further, for interoperable
agent communication, these ontologies are important as they form the basis
for the language that these agents will speak with one another.
Next, since there was a large number of
newcomers at the meeting, Steve McConnell of OSM SARL presented an overview
of the vision of the ECDTF business model (ec/99-05-04). He also described
the Negotiation facility (adopted) specification and stressed upon the
need to identify the core requirements of business-to-business e-commerce
scenarios. E-commerce specifications are emerging and implementations of
these will be available within a month’s time.
Greg presented a draft revised Mission
Statement (ec/99-05-01). The sense of the group was to approve it in San
Jose, after additional review.
David Frankel of Genesis presented the
BOI. He explained the motivation behind this effort and the set of RFPs
that have been issued as part of this effort. The RFPs are:
UML profile for Enterprise Distributed
Object Computing (EDOC)
UML profile for CORBA
Textual notation for the UML profile for
UML EDOC profile to UML profile for CORBA
After lunch, a GANTT chart of tangible
results to date (ec/99-05-02) was presented by Greg. It will be augmented
with future plans at San Jose.
Discussion of the current reference model
as presented in the joint ECDTF-CommerceNet white paper was held (ec/97-06-09).
It was agreed to develop it further into a UML-based reference architecture.
The reference model WG was reconstituted. A mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The WG participants are:
The ECDTF group then joined the Internet
SIG CSCW WG for discussion on collaborative systems. Mitre’s
collaboration tool (http://www.jcs.mitre.org)
was presented. The next joint meeting was scheduled for Monday morning
between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm at San Jose to present the ECDTF adopted
standards for community and collaborative frameworks.
After a presentation by Bill Vass of DoD/OSD
on the Y2K status, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm
May 18, 1999
Steve McConnell called the meeting to
order at 1:00 pm.
Steve presented an overview of the vision
of the Agent WG (ec/99-05-06). He described
the mission statement, the status of the Green Paper, and the FIPA-OMG
liaison relationship. He presented an overview of the CORBA services and
the possible areas of extension to support agent platforms and communication.
The URL of the Agent WG website is http://www.objs.com/isig/agents.html.
Francis McCabe of Fujitsu noted that the
OMG-FIPA liaison was ratified by FIPA.
Francis presented the work that FIPA has
done to date to define abstract architectures for agent platforms and communication
(ec/99-05-05). It is FIPA’s intention that such abstractions are "reified"
to concrete specifications by OMG. It was clear that FIPA’s progress since
the Philadelphia meeting was substantial.
May 19, 1999
The Brokerage WG was held in a joint session
with the ADSS SIG that commenced at 2:00 pm.
A preliminary draft of the Brokerage RFP
was reviewed. Steve McConnell agreed to provide written comments on the
draft RFP by 15 July, 1999 (details will be posted to email@example.com).
Another review of the draft was scheduled
for Monday during the ECDTF meeting at San Jose.
The WG was adjourned at 4:00 pm.