March 2011 Highlight
NIST Tests Upcoming Release of Open Applications Group Integration Specification
In response to industry's need to develop integrated data exchange solutions and test integration specifications, EL developed an architecture capturing the activities involved in creating and maintaining manufacturing data exchange standards and developed a suite of tools for testing, validating, and speeding the development of enterprise data exchange standards based on this new architecture. The tools collectively referred to as the Schema Quality of Design (QOD)
tool use rules set by users, or use those already established by other parties to validate a schema. Organizations that have used the NIST QOD
include the Open Applications Group (OAGi), UN/CEFACT, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of the Navy. Of particular note, is the tool from this set known at the Naming and Design Rules (NDR) Test Profile. Working collaboratively with OAGi
, the NDR Test Profile has been used to evaluate OAGIS
versions prior to release. Over the last four versions (OAGIS versions 9.1-9.4), NIST's testing resulted in finding and eliminating more than 150 errors, drastically improving the overall quality of the OAGi specification before wide release as a standard to vendors and users. Ninety implementations of the corrected supply chain integration standard are on the market today.
Most recently, NIST tested the OAGIS 9.5 release candidate, and provided feedback to OAGi. The testing uncovered two errors in modifications to the standards from the 9.4 version. This 9.5 release of the standard is significantly larger than previous releases. The size of the standard now practically prohibits the use of manual error checking. Only by using automated tools and computer interpretable rule language (those developed by EL), many of the errors in this, and previous versions of OAGIS, may not have been found.
Contact: KC Morris, 301-975-8286
Program: Model-Based Enterprise
Category: Technical Accomplishment