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cMap Open Conference

The cMap Open Conference will take place on 22nd June at the TKE2012 - Terminology and Knowledge Engineering  - Conference in Madrid.

CEN eCAT cMap project Open conference

Morning session

Presentation of the CEN eCAT cMap project – Scope and achievements

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Opening welcome, Christian Galinski, chair of CEN eCAT workshop

9:15 – 10:00 Presentation of the cMap project, Aurélie Virgili

This first presentation will explain what product classification systems are and in which applications they are used. The four classification systems of the project - eCl@ss, UNSPSC, GPC and CPV – will be presented in a detailed way. The presentation will give information about the cMap project in terms of Scope, Timeline and Sponsorship.

10:00 – 10:30 Mapping classification systems, Zoltan Patkai

This second presentation will detail the challenges faced when mapping the four classification systems and will present the mapping methodology established by the cMap project.

10:30- 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 The cMap collaborative platform, Felix Hettig

This presentation will explain the recommendations concerning the cMap platform, a system that would enable the continuous mapping of classification systems and the display of the mapping results to users. The functionalities of the system and the governance models will be more specifically addressed.

11:30 – 12:00 Improving eCatalogues interoperability by the use of multiple classification systems - Peppol project, Giancarlo de Stefano

This presentation will demonstrate how the use of multiple classification systems contributes to improve the interoperability of electronic catalogues as shown in the eProcurement Peppol project.

12:00 – 12:30 cMap mapping from an ontology interoperability perspective, Till Mossakowski

This presentation will analyse the cMap approach taking the 4 product classifications schemes as light-weight ontologies and consider how to implement a fully or semi-automatic mapping process with the approach of ISO/WD 17347 Ontology integration and interoperability (OntoIOp)

12:30 – 12:45 Recommendations and future steps, Christian Galinski

This presentation will address the project recommendations regarding the maintenance of the mappings and the steps that can be envisioned.

 12:45– 13:00 Questions and answers

Afternoon session

Discussion groups on

Product classifications as a kind of structured content

Visions for future coordinated content development

 There will be four discussion groups. They will work on the four topics that are detailed hereafter. All attendees will participate in the four topics.

 Topic 1: Maintenance processes for the continuous mapping of product classifications

This discussion will address the following subjects:

- Automatic mapping processes: to what extent?

- Mapping by the users, is it feasible?

- Federation by domain and/or language?

- Kinds of heterogeneity?

- Coordination between the constituent databases in the process of content development

- Issues involved: conflict solution mechanisms, requirements for user interfaces, etc.

- Necessary elements such as rules and standards

 Topic 2: Architecture of the product classification mapping platform

This discussion will address the following subjects:

- Centralized vs. decentralized approach

- Coordinated development (on the basis of metadata management)

- Late mapping coordination vs. early mapping coordination

- Issues involved: primary/secondary/tertiary data, diachronic development, etc.

- Necessary elements such as rules, procedures and standards

 Topic 3: Requirements on the data models and content representations under a data quality perspective

This discussion will address the following subjects:

- (extended) metadata management for diachronic development

- Convergence of data models of existing product classifications over time

- Issues involved: data quality, reliability, liability, etc.

- Necessary elements such as rules, procedures and standards

 Topic 4: Repurposing product classifications for different applications

This discussion will address the following subjects:

- Purchasing, sales, production, engineering, …

- eLearning

- Technical documentation, translation etc.

- Issues involved: dynamic metadata development, target groups for the repurposing, etc.

- Necessary elements such as rules, procedures and standards

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