Meta-Patterns for Electronic Commerce Transactions Based on the Formal Language for Business Communication (FLBC)

Hans Weigand and Willem-Jan van den Heuvel
International Journal of Electronic Commerce,
Volume 3, Number 2, Winter 1998-99, pp. 45.

Abstract: Because of the highly communicative character of electronic commerce transactions, open-EDI representation languages like FLBC use the speech act (operator) as their basic building block. The advantage of this approach is that it addresses the deep structure of electronic commerce transactions rather than the form. This paper aims to reveal higher-level units of speech acts that materialize in so-called meta-analysis patterns. Various levels are defined, from speech acts to scenarios. After patterns have been identified, they can be stored in an FLBC component library and be (re)used effectively by business partners to speed up open-EDI transactions.

Key Words and Phrases
: Design patterns, electronic commerce, open-EDI, language/action perspective.