scope of this cookbook is to meet the following objectives:
- To help you get
started with the process that can guide you through a successful
development of a CICA-compliant XML Schema.
- To serve as the
Cook book for CICA development which is a business message architecture
that provides a single approach to business message development
that facilitates a common reusable vocabulary across multiple
industries. It also creates an environment for convergence with
other standards organizations, industry associations or data content
committees. The CICA architectural framework serves as the foundation
that protects your investment in business content development
by creating a reusable common structure that can be expressed
in a variety of syntaxes, for example, XML schema, industry specific
implementation guides, ASC X12 EDI transaction sets or future
markup languages. The CICA architecture and the ASC X12 organization
provide a mature environment to protect and enhance your company's
investment in electronic business-to-business data exchange.
The keys to CICA's functionality and flexibility are modularity
and reusability. CICA implementations formulate data into reusable
context-independent components that are stored in a repository.
At their simplest level, CICA components are the generic objects
of the business process, such as a name or date. As these components
are inserts into their appropriate place within the process, they
acquire specific meaning, e.g. the "purchaser's name" or the "date
of birth." Since CICA data is built only one time, components
can be reused to fulfill a myriad of business data exchange needs.
The same CICA data structures can be used for insurance, finance,
health care, transportation or in any other industry that exchanges
business data. The components are easily used by different development
organizations, reducing development time and promoting convergence
of business vocabularies into a broadly accepted set of common