EDI and the Internet

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     For Immediate Release                                    December 4, 1993

          A Call to Action:  Internet and Electronic Data Interchange

     "Come on in, the water's fine!" invited the speaker at a recent workshop,
     summoning all those interested in helping to develop a standardized way
     to use the Internet for electronic data interchange (EDI).  Internet
     standards development requires collaboration and grass-roots partici-
     pation.  The education community is now providing opportunities for open
     discussion on EDI and the Internet. The result will likely have signifi-
     cant consequences for current and future users of the Internet.

     Over the past ten years, business and government have depended
     increasingly on EDI as a fast, economical, and dependable way to conduct
     business transactions.  Computer-to-computer communication is replacing
     such paper forms as purchase orders, court conviction records, and
     mortgage credit reports.  Commercial value-added networks (VANs) have
     been the traditional carriers of EDI messages.  Now the education
     community is pioneering efforts to take advantage of widespread Internet
     availability to reap the benefits of EDI while addressing issues of
     authentication, access control, data integrity, and confidentiality.

     The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
     (AACRAO) sponsored a mid-October Vancouver workshop attended by some 250
     users of EDI formats for student records.  Two speakers on Internet
     issues were invited to share their expertise.  Kelly McDonald is a member
     of the Westnet Steering Committee, and David Crocker is a member and area
     director of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  Both experts are
     enthusiastic about the possibility of using Internet for EDI.

     Crocker put forward an initial proposal for using EDI over the Internet.
     He outlined the steps needed to finalize such a standard.  Key to this
     process is putting together a work group that has the passion, skill, and
     time to pursue the topic.  The remaining components are:

          --   establishing a listserv for discussion of this topic
          --   drafting a proposal for comment
          --   inviting open discussion on the proposal
          --   revising the proposal according to the discussion
          --   submitting the proposal to the IETF for approval

     AACRAO's SPEEDE/ExPRESS Project, the driving force behind the workshop
     and this development effort, has issued a call to action directed at
     potential users of this standard.  Brigham Young University hosts the
     listserv established for this topic.  To subscribe send an e-mail message
     to:  LISTSERV@BYU.EDU.  The text of the message should only contain the

          sub ietf-edi <your-name>

     Messages may be sent to IETF-EDI@BYU.EDU

     For information contact:  Lysbeth Bainbridge, AACRAO EDI Coordinator,
     (202) 293-7383 or BAINBRIDGEL@AACRAO.NCHE.EDU.