Ronald M. Lee
Roger W.H. Bons
Erasmus University Research Institute for
Decision and Information Systems (EURIDIS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
PO Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Organizations engaging in electronic commerce typically are faced with high set-up costs for new electronic linkages due to the need for detailed bilateral agreements. This paper contributes to this problem in three ways by: 1) stipulating requirements on representation languages to be used for modeling trade procedures; 2) presenting a common graph-based representation language, Documentary Petri Nets, which satisfies these requirements; and 3) presenting a 'soft-coding' architecture and protocol for sharing and negotiating trade procedures. A modeling environment, Case/Open-edi, is demonstrated using a documentary credit procedure example to illustrate these three aspects. Finally, conclusions and directions for further research are given.