The Internet has enabled an impressive increase in communication possibilities.
Increasing the value adding performance of BC necessitates an increase in communication and information and knowledge exchange and processing. The most powerful communication medium available is the Internet, so BC knowledge and information should use the Internet for maximum impact on BC's processes.
Overlooking the BC development efforts regarding the Internet, while noticing that developments in this area go extremely fast and what is true today, might be less true tomorrow, the following may be concluded:
First, BC information must be made accessible and identifiable using standard Internet means (HTTP, XML, RDF). This increases the accessibility and generic addressability of BC information. Information can become really part of the process.
Second, to link various information items together, RDF provides a generic reference and linking mechanism that merits detailed research on its applicability in a BC setting.
Third, an emerging theme that can be observed in BC ICT research is retained explicitly: the separate storage of Semantics in an Ontology. OWL provides a generic mechanism to create Ontologies. It seems to offer a more generic basis for Ontologies than 12006-3, the current most-advanced technology in BC, though it has to re-use some concepts also in 12006-3.
The proposal is to use the NG Internet's W3C standards as much as possible. The existing developments in BC are retained, when useful. No existing effort is needlessly re-done. Existing developments should, however, be brought into line with the NG Internet.Reinout van Rees 2006-12-13