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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Charter


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Description of Working Group

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a set of protocols for conducting highly structured inter-organization exchanges, such as for making purchases. The working group will produce specifications for the use of EDI standards over the Internet, with an initial focus on the transport of EDI via Internet e-mail. The EDI community is large, diverse and well-established. This working group effort is explicitly NOT intending to specify or modify any of the details of EDI protocols themselves. Instead, it will focus on the requirements for proper carriage of EDI over the Internet, attending only to issues of encapsulation, addressing, security and the like.

Initial efforts by the working group will focus on two deliverables: specification for the carriage of various EDI content via MIME-based e-mail, and a discussion document, considering issues in the use of EDI over the Internet. The usage document will cover such issues as addressing and security.

Goals and Milestones

Submit specification for carriage of various EDI ``interchange'' transactions via MIME-based e-mail as an Internet-Draft.
Jun 1994
Submit ``specification for carriage...'' document (EDI transport) to the IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.
Jul 1994
Complete outline for usage document and include it in the minutes from the Toronto IETF.
Aug 1994
Submit first the draft of the usage document as an Internet-Draft.
Oct 1994
Submit the finalized usage document for publication as an RFC.