GITB3 Kick Off Meeting in Brussels

On 1st April 2014, CEN hosted the Kick Off meeting for the 3rd phase of the GITB (Global Interoperability Test Bed) Workshop Agreement. The goal of the CEN/WS GITB3 is to provide implementation specifications for a Test Bed and deliver a proof-of-concept implementation to demonstrate how to achieve interoperability between test beds around the world. Among the proposers of this workshop there are Test Bed solution vendors such as SRDC, NIST, ENEA or Korbit, industry sectors such as AIAG, NIPA or PEPPOL, standardization organizations such as OAGI or OASIS and private organizations such as Fujitsu or Document Engineering Services. Alain Deschamps, acting as interim chair, welcomed the participants and presented the CEN activities and the way the CEN GITB3 has been settled: He explained that the Business Plan had been published during two months, and now the chair and the secretariat have to be confirmed and the WS started.

Alain expressly mentioned that the Intellectual Property Rights for the work done within CWAs and other CEN groups remains within CEN. He was requested to provide the IPR information and licenses on the deliverables before the start of the work.

Christine Legner from the University of Lausanne provided an overview of the previous CEN/WS GITB editions, starting with the foundation in 2007. At that point in time, testing was not seen as a main task in the standardization work. The idea behind the GITB was to standardize resources in order to be able to share them between different eBusiness initiatives to lower costs and improve the testing activities.

The first release of GITB was intended to create a Feasibility study based on a number of business cases. The phase 2 started in 2011 and its aim was to create the conceptual GITB Framework and architecture. The current GITB3 is devoted to the realization of the specifications for the testing components, and the provisioning of a proof-of-concept test bed.

GITB2 CWA is the foundation for this GITB3 realization CWA, and it has four parts:

  1. Motivation for eBusiness testing and synthesis of architecture solutions
  2. GITB Testing framework and architecture
  3. Validation based on use cases from Automotive industry, Healthcare and Public Procurement
  4. Test Bed Governance and deployment process

Christine explained the levels of testing as described in the GITB2: document level validation, interactive conformance testing and interoperability testing.

Antonio Conte asked about the sustainability of the project after the end of the CWA project. Christine said that it has not decided how this governance model can take up this work . The organization taking this work and moving forward has to be clarified during the project itself. He also asked about liaisons with other European initiatives such as the ISA programme or a similar initiative in France and Christine said that it is important to liaise with these initiatives and this is an activity to be performed from within the Workshop.

Yildiray Kabak from SRDC made a presentation on the relevance of the testing services in the eHealth sector. He demonstrated the use of the SRDC tool, called TestBATN,  and explained the different concepts defined in GITB. The GITB is not about creating specific artifacts to test specific eBusiness standards but to create the common elements that can allow an specific testing artifact to be used in many different test beds.

Tuncay Namli from SRDC provided a presentation on the eSENS conformance and testing  framework (WP6) and TestBATN, the testing tool from SRDC. There will be a close relationship between eSENS project and the CEN GITB.

After Tuncay, Eric Poiseau from IHE presented the Gazelle Test Bed, the testing interoperability test bed for eHealth information systems. Gazelle is used in North America, Europe and Japan and has been used within the EPSOS project.

Before lunch, Oriol Bausà made a presentation on testing eProcurement semantic models, explaining how the GITB3 deliverables could be useful for the deployment of the new Directive on e-invoicing for public procurement.

After lunch, Jaap van der Marel from NEN formally established the workshop and drove the discussions on the draft Business Plan. During the discussion, some amendments to the business plan were implemented by Jaap .

The Business Plan was approved and Asuman Dogac was elected chair of the CEN/WS GITB3. Jaap van der Marel from NEN was confirmed as the Secretary. Jaap explained the next steps and milestones for the CEN/WS GITB3. The editors to be elected the 8th of April and next meeting to be on September 2014. Asuman Dogac suggested to organize this interim meeting in Istambul. The final meeting is planned for the end of the workshop, on September 2015.

The interim progress report to be delivered by the end of September 2014 has to include:

  1. Test bed core implementation specifications
  2. Test Repository and Registry
  3. Test scenarios

Asuman explained the development of the proof-of-concept and the key performance indicators that the CEN/WS GITB3 has to achieve.

We finalized the Kick-Off meeting of the GITB3. There are now expectations on the progress with the tight schedule to deliver the required deliverables to the main stakeholders.

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