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Standardised EDI Platform for Applications Using OSI

Objective

The CHALENGE project aims to develop a generic software platform to enable computer applications to link to applications running in other remote computers by using EDI messages to carry the data being transferred and sending the messages over X.400 networks.

The platform will exploit the recent significant advances in Open Systems standards, such as X.400 1988, the Pedi protocol, FTAM/ROSE/RPC, and UN/EDIFACT syntax and message designs. By basing the development on Unix the platform will have wide applicability as the basis of prototype products for both software houses and equipment vendors. Organisations developing their own applications to use EDI will benefit especially from the definition of the CHALENGE EDI Application Programming Interface (API). This definition will be submitted offered to the appropriate international standardisation bodies.

The project will collect and analyse users' requirements for application control and the monitoring of the sending, receipt and translation of EDI messages. User organisations from several business and commercial sectors will be consulted and the CHALENGE EDI API defined from an analysis of their responses.

The results of previous studies, such as GAUCHO (project 2563), will be researched and incorporated in the project and the software design. The software will then be built to link applications from host machine to host machine over network services through the CHALENGE EDI API, with management, message translation and communications functions handled by the platform. This software will run on a number of host machine/vendor Unix engine configurations, reflecting current and foreseen market needs.

The functionality of the CHALENGE EDI API and CHALENGE platform will be tested, demonstrated and promoted in the same trade sectors from which user organisations were drawn in the initial analysis of requirements. Demonstrations will aim to use existing Community-wide X.400 network services, especially the Y-NET service.

CHALENGE platform's development and demonstration will also contribute to the growth of EDI in the internal market, showing the more standardised and cost-effective linkage possible between many types of host application machine. The project is therefore relevant to users (whether small, medium or large organisations), service providers and vendor organisations alike.

Coordinator

Bull SA
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Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux Puteaux
92039 Paris La Défense
France

Participants (13)

Bull Information Systems
United Kingdom
Address
Maxted Road
HP2 7DZ Hemel Hempstead
Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad Municipal de Pamplona
Spain
Address
Avenida Del Ejercito 2
31002 Pamplona
DIRECTORATE OF CUSTOMS
Denmark
Address
Amaliegade 44
1256 Copenhagen
DU PONT DE NEMOURS
Germany
Address
Du Pont Straße 1
61352 Bad Homburg
EASTERN HEALTH BOARD
Ireland
Address
Dr Steevens Hospital
Dublin 8
ECONOMIC PARTNERS EUROPEAN CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue Francois Roffiaen, 43, 7
1050 Bruxelles
EPSILON SOFTWARE
Greece
Address
Syngrou Avenue, 377
17564 Athenes
IBERMATICA
Spain
Address
Paseo De San Miguel, 5968
20009 San Sebastian
INFORMABEL HOLDING
Belgium
Address
Place Des Maieurs, 2
1150 Bruxelles
IRISH MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Ireland
Address
Blackrock Clinic
X Dublin
International Network Services
United Kingdom
Address
Ins House Station Road
TW16 6SB Sunbury On Thames
NIXDORF COMPUTER SOFTWARE
Ireland
Address
Leeson Close, Leeson Street
Dublin 2
PROSS SA
Spain
Address
C/fernandez De La Hoz, 31
28010 Madrid