Catalogue and typology of documents in e-business in public administration
Mag. Maruša Damjan, Secretary
Ministry of Information Society of the Republic of Slovenia

The objective of this master thesis is to prove that, while developing e-government solutions, it is reasonable to take into account the experience from the field of introducing e-business in international trade and accordingly UN/CEFACT recommendations. The author firstly gives a systematic overview of area of work, operating principles and recommendations of UN/CEFACT.

The eEurope 2005 Action Plan, as endorsed by leaders of the European Union in June 2002, sets forth the objective for the European Commission to establish an interoperability framework for the development of pan-european e-government solutions for companies and citizens. The author looks into strategic directions in the area of developing e-government solutions in Europe from three aspects of interoperability (organizational, technical and semantic) and assesses the alignment of Slovenian and European strategic directions.

The development of pan-european e-government solutions proves that it is most difficult to achieve common understanding and content interpretation. It was UN/CEFACT, where most work in this area had been done. The author presents ebXML and the underlying concept of catalogues and registries as fundamental tools of UN/CEFACT. A process model of reporting statistical data from business to government is used to show the possibilities, which standardized documents and catalogue of documents offer in introducing e-business in public administration.

The European Interoperability Framework is based upon a presumption that each country has already established its national interoperability framework for e-government solutions (e-NOMO). The author proposes that such approach be used also in the Republic of  Slovenia. It is proposed that a catalogue of types of electronic messages is established in form of a catalogue of agreed upon XML schema. The catalogue is to be set according to ebXML standard, namely the ebRIM registry model, in which XML schemas  are the objects and metadata are presented according to the ISO 11179 standard.

Full paper