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Volume III Nov 2004  

Tim McGrath’s Talk “Analysis and Design of Business Documents - the UBL Experience”
Hosted by the HKU’s Department of Computer Science and CECID, the seminar was attended by about 40 participants from the industry and university communities. Based on techniques drawn from data analysis, document analysis and business modeling, UBL aims to be the HTML-equivalent for e-business. The issues of designing conceptual and physical document models, normalizing document structures, data typing, promoting interoperability, regional localization, contextual customization and alignment with other international standards initiatives were also discussed in the seminar.

Universal Business Language (UBL) Version 1.0 Approved as an OASIS Standard
On 8 Nov 2004, the OASIS international standards consortium has announced the approval of the Universal Business Language (UBL) Version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. Developed within the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee (TC) and numerous subcommittees, UBL defines a common XML library of business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, as well as reusable data components from which other standardized business documents can be constructed.

An Introduction on Open Source Software
This is the first article in a three-part series about open source software and how it may be related to you. The history of open source software (OSS) can be traced back at least thirty years from now when a number of programmers released their works to share with other programmers. The primary difference between open source software and commercial software is the licensing conditions under which open source is distributed. Among the vast amount of OSS available to users over the world, Linux, Apache, JBoss, MySQL, Tomcat and Samba are some of the best-known OSS examples.

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New Staff
CECID welcomes Queenie Sung (Assistant Technology Officer) and Sally Sum (Executive Assistant).

Volume III Oct 2004  

CECID Delivered ebXML and Hermes Training to the Macau SAR Government
On 24-25 September 2004, CECID conducted a two-day training workshop on ebXML and Hermes for the Macau SAR Government. The hands-on training workshop aimed to equip Macau SAR Government with the skills and knowledge of XML Schema design and Hermes for Government-to-Government (G2G) and Government-to-Business (G2B) project implementation.

Economic Impact of Inadequate Infrastructure for Supply Chain Integration
Despite the availability of supply chain integration technologies, a lack of universally accepted and implemented standards for the format and syntax of messages that flow between supply chain partners reduces the potential for inventory and expense savings, as well as leading to duplication of effort, maintenance of redundant systems, and investment in non-ideal information processes.

Supply Chain Integration May Start within Your Enterprise

While supply chain integration promises huge savings, an enterprise may also want to integrate its internal systems to reap immediate benefits. Carrying out internal integration incrementally, an enterprise may use a light-weight open-standards integrator or adaptor to standardize the data for use between ordering, receiving and payment systems. The resulting benefits are three-folded: common, shareable data need to be entered only once; errors are minimized as data entry is reduced; and data reside in these systems are ensured to be synchronized and up-to-date.

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New Staff
CECID welcomes Gladis Chung, Donahue Sze and Terry Kong (Assistant Technology Officers, CECID).

Volume III Sep 2004

Looking Back and Ahead: CECID's Competency in E-Commerce Standardization
With its mission to build an e-commerce software infrastructure that enhances the capability of Hong Kong government and business enterprises to conduct electronic business locally and globally, CECID is gradually extending its technology focus from business connectivity to business process engine and further to business information and process modeling tools.

Thematic Interoperability Frameworks
Interoperability frameworks are collections of technical and data specifications that define the interface between interacting applications. Frameworks of different focuses or themes have been developed to address the technical and semantic aspects.

MTRC Staff Movement Data Synchronization Process Project
In an enterprise, data are collected by disparate systems and need to be synchronized across systems to ensure data consistency. In this new pilot project with MTRC, the major subway operator in Hong Kong, CECID will provide an EAI solution for enhancement of the MTRC's staff movement data synchronization process.

CECID Hermes Won the Certificate of Merit at the 6th HKCS IT Excellence Awards
CECID is pleased to announce that our open source ebXML business-to-business (B2B) Messaging Server, Hermes, has been awarded the Certificate of Merit (Product category) at the 6th HKCS IT Excellence Awards for SMEs.

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New Staff
CECID welcomes Hugo Lam and Ronnie Kwok (Technology Officers, CECID) to join our R&D team.


Volume III Jun 2004

Project Phoenix Review
Primarily funded by HKSARG Innovation and Technology Fund, Project Phoenix came to completion in March. Take a quick review on the 4 deliverales of the project, namely ebMail, Hermes, ebXML Registry/Repository (ebXMLrr) and TranXnet, and their deployment in real business setting in the past 2 years.

CECID Logo Revamp
The color scheme of the revamped logo for CECID is blue and orange to reflect it is a reliable but at the same time an energetic organization.The design concept embedded in the logo is that the orange dot symbolizes the core of e-commerce, and CECID is leading e-commerce to a new direction.

Comparisons of Open Standards and Open Source
"Open Source, Open Standards". It is of no surprise that you come across these terms from time to time. Yet, many people seem to think that open-source software offers the same advantages as open standards. According to an article from CNET Networks, open standards is in fact more critical than open source, which helps ensure compatibility and choice.

Notifiable Infectious Disease Information Messaging System (NIDIMS) Project
As a result of the unprecedented SARS outbreak during the spring of 2003, the Department of Health (DH), HKSARG, invited CECID to set up a centralized and standardized disease surveillance system based on XML and ebXML technologies.

Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd (DNT) Project
The aim of this project is to adopt ebMail in Malaysian Customs' Vessal Information System (VIS) to enhance communication in customs declaration.

Spherion Technology Uses Hermes with Large Australian Telco
Hermes, the open source ebXML message service handler developed by CECID, has been deployed in a B2B e-procurement system by Spherion Technology Solution (STS), a large business and technology consulting firm in Australia.

Forum on e-Business Interoperability and Standardization
Co-organized by Information Technology Services Department (ITSD) of the HKSAR Government and CECID, Forum on E-Business Interoperability and Standardization aimed to demonstrate the importance of interoperability and the benefits of standards and standardization to business, government and society. More than 300 professionals from the government, private sector, industry associations, public utilities, IT services providers and academia participated in the forum on May 14 at HKU.

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Featured Staff
David Wong, Business Consultant of CECID. David is in charge of the commercialization activities of CECID.

New Staff
CECID expresses a very warm welcome to two of our Assistant Technology Officers, Grace Ho and Karen Chan.



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