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   [ANNOUNCE] XML Interoperbility Guidelines - Comments/bug reports solicit

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Reach (http://www.reach.ie) is an agency established by the Government of 
Ireland to develop a strategy for the integration of public services and to 
develop and implement the framework for electronic government. In 
particular, Reach is mandated to procure and build the Public Services 
Broker (PSB), which is an integrated set of processes, systems and 
procedures designed to provide a standard means of access to public services

Technically speaking, the PSB is a hub based, asynchronous XML messaging 
infrastructure. Some people would call it a Services Oriented Architecture. 
Others wouldn't.

Anyway, XML messaging is a critical part of the PSB and interoperability 
across systems and platforms is a major concern in the architecture.

To that end, Reach have created a website dedicated to XML messaging and 
interoperability known as the Services and Data Exchange Catalog (SDEC):

Guidelines for XML interoperability are known as RIGs (Reach 
Interoperability Guidelines). The current RIGS are published on the SDEC at 
this URI:

Of particular interest to xml-dev folks:

         RIGs 2 (XML) (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0002)
         RIG 3 (namespaces) (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0003),
         RIG 4 (Schema languages) (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0004)
         RIG 5 (Unicode)  (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0005)
         RIG 6 (Versioning) (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0006)

RIG 12 is an overview of the interoperability rationale that underpins the 
other RIGs. (http://sdec.reach.ie/sdec/rigs/rig0012) and would be a good 
RIG to read first.

The RIGS are maintained as OpenOffice documents. PDF and Word versions are 
exported from the OpenOffice source.
We are working on a down-translate from the OpenOffice to nicely 
hyperlinked HTML.

For more information about the PSB, see http://www.reach.ie/publications/#psb.

Comments/bug reports on RIGs are welcome.

If you wish, you can send comments directly to Reach. Each of the RIGS has 
e-mail addresses in the front matter.

Also, a mailing list has been set up for public discussion 



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