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CECID Announces ebXML Pilot Project Progress

CECID of HKU Collaborating with Industry and the Government of Hong Kong on ebXML Pilot Projects

The Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) of HKU Announced its ebXML Pilot Project Progress and HKSAR Government's Innovation and Technology Award

Hong Kong, China. June 6, 2002.

The Center for E-commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) of HKU's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is supporting three pilot projects to demonstrate the feasibility and added values of ebXML applications. MTR Corporation (the subway operator of Hong Kong) and Saggio (Asia Pacific) Company (a leading office supplies vendor in Asia) are piloting the use of ebXML for the exchange of purchasing documents in automating transaction processing in office supplies procurement.

To be in line with Hong Kong Government's Digital 21 Strategy, CECID is collaborating with the Department of Health, the Marine Department, and the Information and Technology Services Department in the Government in two other business-to-government projects. CECID is developing an ebMail prototype for pharmaceutical companies to apply to the Department of Health for import and export licenses of pharmaceutical products. ebMail is designed as a low-cost, easy-to-use, and practical application for SMEs to conduct e-commerce activities through e-mail using the ebXML protocol. In the area of transportation and logistics, CECID is developing an ebXML solution for the Marine Department to receive Dangerous Goods Manifests in XML form from shipping agents.

These pilot projects will eliminate or reduce the needs of human intervention and manual data re-entry, bringing about immediate cost saving and productivity gain, better data accuracy and security.

In January 2002, CECID has been awarded a funding of HK$9.54 million (USD $1.2 million) from the Innovation and Technology Commission for an R&D project on the Establishment of an ebXML Software Infrastructure in Hong Kong.

The project, which is called Project Phoenix, aims to facilitate the adoption of e-commerce in Hong Kong to enhance Hong Kong and the region's competitiveness. It has also received HK$1.2 million (USD $0.2 million) worth of local industrial sponsorship from E1 Media Technology Limited, IBM China/Hong Kong Limited, and Saggio (Asia Pacific) Company Limited. The R&D team has started intense development work on a local e-commerce software infrastructure and is carrying out pilot projects with industry and government partners in Hong Kong, based on the international ebXML standard.

In addition to the above industrial sponsors, other project collaborators include Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, MTR Corporation Limited, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited, Hong Kong Article Numbering Association and various Government departments.

Under Project Phoenix, CECID will build the essential technology components in the ebXML architecture and intends to make them available to the world as open-source software. For instance, CECID has joined renowned technology firms, such as Sun Microsystems in the United States, to develop an ebXML Registry (Version 2) server, which is a core ebXML technology. This is the first implementation of the Registry Specifications Version 2 and is recognized as the reference implementation for further Registry development worldwide. CECID, a major contributor, was chosen to host the international test site for the software.

Besides implementing ebXML technology components, CECID also carries out research and development work on innovative e-commerce applications to facilitate ebXML deployment in Hong Kong and China.

For more information on CECID or Project Phoenix, please visit or contact Dorris Tai.


Dorris Tai
Business Manager
Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID)
Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems
The University of Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2859 2818
Fax: +852 2547 4611

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)"; (2) University of Hong Kong E-Commerce Center Opens Test Site for OASIS ebXML V2 Registry Implementation"; (3) the 2002-06-07 news item.

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