16:23 Fri 24 Sep 2004					REF:1UCACCS5  

TO:	Duane NICKULL			cc	OIC Management Committee 
	Vice-Chair UN/CEFACT			HIN Consultants
	UNITED NATIONS   	

		ISSUE:  S34 - INTEROPERABILITY WITH PAPER TRADE

Duane - further to your e-mail 10 Sep 2004 here are some suggestions for
s34 Core Components - Interoperability with Paper Trade:

section (C) 	Core Components:   

Level (g)	Interoperability with Paper Trade

n	34	New Slide 	Core Components - "Interoperability with Paper Trade
						   Manual Processing"

The issues in this e-mail are:

A	Bar-Code Production - Issue, Printers & Readers
B	Manual Back-up Methodology
C	Global Registries/Country Peak Bodies Membership Codes

A	BAR-CODE PRODUCTION - ISSUE, PRINTERS & READERS 

I note that the section "Interoperability with Paper Trade" proposes bar-code
printers and readers.

Bar-codes have really improved logistics processes in the developed countries
but there are several issues that have to be considered for the developing
Countries

As far as I can recall from working the Article Numbering Association
[ANA] UK some of the problems with Bar-codes are:

1	Bar-Codes for different document types have not been agreed yet 
	eg Purchase Order, Invoice

2	the EAN has to issue a bar code merchant number similar
	to a Credit Card Merchant Number

3	Bar-Codes are not currently used to produce classifications ie
	the code is non-significant
	Ref ANA UK

4	The cost of Bar-Code Printers and Readers may be excessive
	for developing country SMEs

5	Bar-Code Printers and Readers require fairly clean
	environments to work effectively - that may not be the case 
	in many developing Countries

B	MANUAL BACK-UP METHODOLOGY

One of the key issues that we have been working on is that each document
has a Reference Code which can be created from the key-board.

We have developed a manual back-up in case the bar-code readers have not
been installed or do not work 

There is a "button" to represent every key on a computer keyboard

Each button is in 8 colours so that it can be used for different processes

The ASCII notation is also include as a reference with the button

Some of the buttons can be clustered to reduce data entry time and errors

C	GLOBAL REGISTRIES/PEAK BODIES 

It is envisaged that possibly Industry Peak Bodies will issue a membership
code for each member - this may be in conjunction with the Global Registries
in slide 21.  

That membership number can be represented on each paper document and 
keyed into the Computer System.

NEXT STEPS

This issue of Interoperability with Paper Trade is very important for
not only Developing Countries but also for SMEs in developed 
countries

Please contact me if your require further comment or information

Duane  - Thanks again for sharing the UN/CEFACT Vision 2005 for
Global Trade Facilitation

And providing the opportunity to channel the ideas and comments
of both OIC and Halisa members through to you.

I know there are many, many EDI and E-commerce Consultants 
that are extremely frustrated by the amount of time it has taken
to realise the benefits of Electronic Information Interchange

We all look forward to working with you to assist the UN/CEFACT 
Strategy achieve its objectives

Regards   

Stephen GOULD   
Chair - Management Committee
XML & E-COMMERCE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
OPEN INTERCHANGE CONSORTIUM
18:18  F 2004/09/24 Syd 2089   

Time and date has to be linked to a universal location code or GPS    
so that the time differences can be automatically calculated for    
e-commerce transactions    

E:	sggould@oic.org
W:	Ecommerce Standards


> I think that the UN is better equipped to deal with this issue.  I have    
> been working with UN/CEFACT for a while and recently got elected   
> as vice chair.  Attached is a "DRAFT" PPT explaining our vision.   
> 
> Please also consider that these are DRAFT slides and are not approved    
>  by the UN yet.  The comments are most welcome however as we go    
>  forward to develop the slides.   
>
> I'll send out a later draft copy next week.   

























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