Technologies used

In the context of the LAURA project, the consortium employed the following two compatible methodologies:
i. Rational Unified Process (RUP) as the software development process methodology, and
ii. UN/CEFACT’s Modelling Methodology (UMM) for the actual conceptual model of the LAURA system.

With regards to the implementation of the LAURA system, the following technologies were used:
- WWW interface and HTTP(S) protocol was used for SMEs end-user access to the LAURA network.
- Open-source e-business component framework from the Open-For-Business (OfBiz) project was used for the basic functionality such as catalogue management, user registration, business transaction monitoring, reporting, etc.
- Discovery of remote domains (SMEs or network hubs) was encapsulated into a generic interface, which allowed different discovery techniques. For example, one of them was based on emerging Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technology and its Java implementation in particular-JXTA.
- Secure and reliable messaging was needed to ensure the required degree of accuracy, and, inherently, trust in the system. The transport option chosen for this task and subsequent business conversations was ebXML messaging. In order to be able to use other business messaging options a generic interface was also used here.
- Business processes specified the choreography of business transactions in collaborations between the partners, and these were modeled and specified using ebXML BPSS.
- Business documents were modeled according to the Open Applications Group Integration Specification-OAGIS.

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