UN/CEFACT has launched two interesting new projects

SilviaFerrini Gio, 04/07/2019 - 17:23

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT) has launched two interesting new projects. These projects will bring business semantics for exchanging data between businesses and governments available for new technologies, such as REST APIs. A small and simple though extendable way of exchanging data between applications of trading partners.

Recently UN/CEFACT published the Supply Chain Reference Data Model (SCRDM) and Multi Modal Reference Data Model (MMT). From these semantic models data exchange structures, such as an order, invoice, despatch advice, e-CMR, have been derived. More and more industries are using or thinking about the use of RESTful JSON APIs to exchange their data. Small data structures, easy to consume, instead of full documents. Extendable, as additional information can be retrieved.   

They newly launched projects should make life easier for developers. Starting from the ‘RDM-2-API’, making domain specific semantics available for REST APIs and the project ‘API Town Plan’ which helps developers to find the appropriate APIs by navigating the API town plan.

In principle, domain specific semantics are the cornerstone of every data exchange. Embracing globally standardized and harmonized data models, no matter which technology is being used, will enhance interoperability. 

I am looking forward to the developments within these projects. Please have a look at the UN/CEFACT website for more information. You can participate in these projects, just contact the project lead Steve Capell.