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  1. Tony Mary
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    heel goed stuk, klaar en duidelijk

    I like the passion, I see the purpose

  2. Posted May 21, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Next time in the ICC Ghent, it’ll be for the F.A.C.T.S. convention in october!

  3. Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I vote culebra island as the next visit for a team building event !

  4. Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Yahoo is definitely a leader here, both in time and in approach: the power in the Web is within its users. Google has adopted well. Bing is a special beast: I like the way they have chosen for specialization in some areas.

  5. Posted July 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Concerning lesson #3, best to be careful, as some of these applications can reduce productivity. See .

  6. Johannes Peeters
    Posted July 27, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Just found out that Best Buy is using GoodRelations to publish business information about all its stores!

  7. Posted July 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for setting up this fluent process.

  8. Herman Vereycken
    Posted August 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I think this is an interesting view on issues to be encountered while trying to reconcile cross-functional domain application services. However, from your article it was not very clear to me at first glance what the canonical information model or common/shared information model was all about.

    A quick Google search lead me to an interesting blog post about this common information model ( ) in which he explains the concepts of the common information model.

    In the blog post he also indicates that canonical schema’s are part of a standardized service contract and are generated from the CIM. By clicking through via the Canonical Schema pattern information, I ended up at an interesting PodCast with Thomas Erl about SOA design patterns.

    In the PodCast he states that, while collaboratively developing a CIM allowing cross-functional services interoperability, it is often the case that domain stewards can not come to an agreement to implement the CIM. This ofttimes means that they have touched the domain boundaries of service inventories, and thus allows the existence of multiple domain service inventories, each applying their own level of standardization.

    I’m hoping to find a clear answer in Part II on how Collibra will be able to practically break down these domain boundaries.

  9. Herman Vereycken
    Posted August 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    the PodCast on data-related SOA design patterns with Thomas Erl, highlighting Canonical Schema (e.g.) can be found here ( )

  10. Posted August 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the pointers on the canonical model. It is also described as an enterprise integration pattern on

  11. Posted September 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Wouter, it seems that Google is catching up on events. See

  12. Posted September 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    And of course, Bing is not lagging behind, but taking a different approach:

  13. Posted January 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Note that the quoted text is attributed to M.J. Shields (in a letter to the Economist) according to .

  14. Posted February 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Imagine employees of your organization making statements such as the following:

    “What emerged was startling: 26 signs, all drawn in the same style, appeared again and again at numerous sites (see illustration). Admittedly, some of the symbols are pretty basic, like straight lines, circles and triangles, but the fact that many of the more complex designs also appeared in several places hinted to von Petzinger and Nowell that they were meaningful – perhaps even the seeds of written communication.”


  15. Posted April 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Somebody found, visited and reported on the island. Some nice pictures at

  16. Posted May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    well written blog. Im glad that I could find more info on this. thanks

  17. Posted May 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    You forgot one major thing: to explain what SBVR is. I understand that you write for a very specific audience, but just a brief explanation and a link to the spec would’ve been nice…

  18. Posted May 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Wim,

    SBVR is an abbreviation for Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules, and is one of the Object Management Group (OMG) standards. It is focused specifically at the level of business modeling for your organization’s (or even industry’s) business vocabulary and rules (e.g., next to a BPMN initiative focused at your business processes).

    As a standard, you should not consider it as an alternative to well known modeling notations (e.g., UML is one of the notations for SBVR modeling). Rather it is a conceptual framework of concepts that you have to deal with when you are working on a semantic layer (which is unavoidably a foundation for your data governance). Examples of such concepts: the business unit that owns or uses a certain term (= speech community), shared vocabularies across the entire organization (that you can incorporate), the distinction between a term and its meaning (i.e., “Client” and “Customer” as possible representations for the same concept, or synonyms), taxonomy, multiple rulesets applied on the same vocabulary, …

    The SBVR standard is the only thing out there that can really help you in dealing with the complexity of the problem. It recognizes the fact that different communities (e.g., business units, geographical divisions, lines of business, backoffice, frontoffice, …) do use different ways of describing things – although they might actually mean the same thing. Doing anything in a narrower scope that the SBVR metamodel advises you to do will at a certain point in time put you at a dead end…

    Concerning links, intro information can be found on the wikipedia page ( ), the full details are of course available in the specification itself ( ) and I find that Mr. Hall’s presentation gives you something to help you understand SBVR ( ).

    Hope this helps.

  19. Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Thank you Wim and Stijn for your comments. I have updated the document.

  20. Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Even more beautiful imagery of this island, brought in by Google alerts. See

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