Thursday, August 25, 2011

Use Cases and Test Cases

Traceability from Use Cases to Test Cases
The article illustrates a formal method of deriving functional test cases from use cases, including how to create a use case, derive all scenarios, and create reasonable test cases, as well as use IBM...

This is why I love MulberryTech's xsl-list...

This is why I love MulberryTech's xsl-list: sombody asks a question about an error message during parsing in oXygen using the Saxon 9 parser... and George Bina and Michael Kay respond with an answer, seemingly within moments.
Consultants specializing in XML Applications for Prose Documents | Mulberry Technologies, Inc.
XML and SGML implementation consulting for publishing from Mulberry Technologies, Inc.'s staff: Tonya Gaylord, Debbie Lapeyre, Wendell Piez, B. Tommie Usdin.

Tactics for Engagement

A useful set of tactics for engagement with a standard, via Graham Grieve:
How much should we engage with a standard? « Health Intersections Pty Ltd
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Tactics for Engagement

A useful set of tactics for engagement with a standard, via Keith Boone: 
Healthcare Standards: Tactics for Standards Setting: Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
I have to make up my travel budget annually every December/January. In order to do so, I have to look at the overall strategic picture for standardization, and then pick the tactics that I think I wil...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Structured Data Website Launch

Structured Data Website Launch (via Gregg Kellogg)

A number of Web developers from the RDFa, Microdata and Microformats communities announce the launch of the Structured Data website and community. There are a number of syntaxes for expressing structured data in HTML today: RDFa, Microdata and Microformats. While each syntax has its own parsing rules and data model, the underlying concept among all of them is the same - to express Structured Data in HTML.

The Structured Data website ( provides resources to learn about, markup and debug structured data in HTML, including RDFa, Microdata and Microformats. One of the new features, not available anywhere else, is a unified Structured Data Linting Service (, complete with Google Rich Snippets and examples ( in both Microdata and RDFa format. The Structured Data Linter provides a unified service for verifying and visualizing the structured data contained in web pages, and supports the RDFa and Microdata syntaxes, with Microformats support on the way.

At the time of this announcement, the Google and Microsoft testing tools do not support markup in RDFa or Microdata. The need for such linting service has been expressed many times on the mailing list and we are happy to announce that the service is now available. Gregg Kellogg has been instrumental in creating the linting service with support from St├ęphane Corlosquet. Web developers may now use the linter service to ensure that their Microdata or RDFa markup is valid.

The Structured Data Linting Service is a beta launch and thus contains a number of bugs. That said, we felt that it would be best to get this tool into the hands of the Web developer community. We invite the Web developer community to try it out, report bugs (, suggest new features ( and contribute new ideas and code. All of the source code is released under a public domain dedication and is available on github (

Structured Data on the Web
Structured Data on the Web. More and more of the world's data is moving onto the Web. We want to share, re-mix and use this data to build more awesome Web applications. Using structured data techn...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Via Health Intersections: Resources For Healthcare

Resources For Healthcare (RFH): Grahame Grieve's proposed response to the HL7 Fresh Look Taskforce, using 37 Signals' uberREST Highrise API as a jumping off point.

RFH defines a RIM-based ontological framework for Resources For Healthcare, based around an exchange, data dictionary and workflow management.

Letter to RFH readers
Letter to RFH Readers. Grahame Grieve 13-Aug 2011. This specification arose from the remit of the HL7 Fresh Look Taskforce: if HL7 started again from scratch with a new specification, what would a goo...

So, what's important about this? This proposal draws on the HL7 v3 RIM, the Reference Information Model that underlies the HL7 specification. The RIM is a pictorial object model which defines the life cycle of the different messages that comprise the HL7 clinical domains. Because health information is very much workflow based, the RIM-based part is important. moving away from a service architecture towards a REST architecture is indicative of a general shift towards simplicity in the IT industry as a whole.

The timing of this proposal is very much driven by the questions raised by the HL7 Fresh Look taskforce. I recently joked that HL7 v3 is still at a turning point, like one of my son's Choose You Own Adventure books. This screen capture from Graham Grieve's Health Intersections blog recently is perhaps an indication of the signposts facing HL7 v3:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm crossposting this to my personal weblog...

I'm crossposting this to my personal weblog for further ingestion. This is partially an experiment in google+... when the article (which I shared to blogspot by email) receives the message, it will post as a draft, since google+ sends blogger (along with the original post here), the credentials I am using to transmit the post...
Question: How to store a CDA document in a relational database « Health Intersections Pty Ltd
Question: How to store a CDA document in a relational database. Posted on August 16, 2011 by Grahame Grieve. 2 commentsLeave a comment. A question (by the ask me a question link above): I am trying to...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Can't argue with that...

On Pitchfork, via @camera_obscura_ on Twitter
Pitchfork: Watch Neko Case and My Morning Jacket Cover Kenny and Dolly's "Islands in the Stream"
With their specific combination of beardedness and hotness, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Neko Case are kind of ...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cross posting from google+ to blogger

Well that's kind of cool... thanks to Rick Klau for the know-how.

Paul Di Filippo reviews a book on identity...

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Paul Di Filippo reviews a book on identity by Gary Younge (Barnes & Noble)
Second New Review at B&NR
I survey a non-fiction item about identity politics: n-the-Margin/Who-Are-We-And-Should-It-Ma tter-in-the-21st-Century/ba-p/5445 Posted by Paul DiFi.
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