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The need for providing this guideline is driven by the existence of a multitude of classification systems. Although classifications have been used in the context of managing product data and product catalogues, there is still a barrier that exists due to the fact that it difficult to understand how classification systems can be useful. The intention of this guideline is to lower this barrier, and to position classification systems in relationship to BII and to provide a comprehensive understanding about the classification systems themselves, the standardized means for managing classification systems, and their use and implementations on the European and national level. The relationships between these levels of organization can be rather complex, as it could be seen in Figure 1. This guideline has as its main objective the clarification of these relationships. By studying the BII deliverables, more relationships will become apparent. Classification systems can be applied to a vast number of use cases. As a consequence, classification systems can be used with many different BII deliverables. Starting with the pre-award area, classification systems can be used in the tendering process. Relevant use cases are: - Preparing a call for tenders, in particular to describe the requirements as described by the deliverables used in the call for tender. - Preparing a tender, in particular if a pre-award catalogue is part of the tender. In this case, the classification systems are used to describe the offered products and services in a tender. Using classification systems in these use cases requires looking at the specific type of BII deliverables. In this case, the relevant deliverables are the information requirement models and the bindings to the syntax messages implementing the information requirement models. In the pre-award area the usage of classification systems is tightly connected to the description of products and services. Hence, the relevant BII deliverables are the information requirement modes for the pre-award catalogue template and the pre-award catalogue itself. Figure 2 illustrates the relationship between the present guideline and the other BII pre-award deliverables.
|Engelse titel||Business Interoperability Interfaces for Public Procurement in Europe - E-Catalogue - Part 401: Guideline on the Usage of Classification Systems|