Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2000

Publication Source

International Journal of Electronic Commerce

Volume

5

Issue

1

Start Page

83

Last Page

108

DOI

10.1080/10864415.2000.11044198

Abstract

EDI (electronic data interchange) messages are notoriously lean and difficult (or impossible) to interpret without additional information. The authors acknowledge the many criticisms of the EDI protocols, but argue that there is something basically correct, even inevitable, in the leanness of EDI messages. They present a framework that describes how EDI messages are interpreted, and indeed must be interpreted. "Unwrapping" and "unfolding" of messages are the central elements. These concepts are discussed in detail, and the article demonstrates how to exploit them in formalizations for electronic commerce. In particular, it shows how Kimbrough's lean-event semantics for speech acts, and Tan and Thoen's theory of directed obligation can be fit naturally and fruitfully into this framework, and to each other. Much remains to be done, but the progress in formalization in evidence here should be generalizable.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Electronic Commerce on 23 Dec 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10864415.2000.11044198

Keywords

business messaging, deontic logic, electronic commerce, electronic data interchange (EDI), formal language for business communication (FLBC).

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.