UN/CEFACT’S Modeling Methodology (UMM): A UML Profile for B2B e-Commerce

  • B. Hofreiter
  • C. Huemer
  • P. Liegl
  • R. Schuster
  • M. Zapletal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4231)


The United Nation’s Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is an e-business standardization body. It is known from its work on UN/EDIFACT and ebXML. One of its on-going work items is the UN/CEFACT modeling methodology (UMM) for modeling global choreographies of B2B scenarios. The goal of UMM is defining a shared business logic between business partners and fostering reuse of standardized process building blocks. The latest UMM version is defined as a UML 1.4 profile. In this paper we introduce the main concepts of UMM to realize its vision. Furthermore, the paper elaborates on the necessary UML meta model work-arounds we – as part of the specification’s editing team – took in order to accomplish the B2B requirements. Then we propose a move towards UML 2 that eliminates some of those workarounds.


Business Process Business Partner Business Transaction Business Process Execution Language Business Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Hofreiter
    • 1
  • C. Huemer
    • 1
    • 3
  • P. Liegl
    • 2
  • R. Schuster
    • 2
  • M. Zapletal
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Vienna 
  2. 2.Research Studios Austria DME 
  3. 3.Vienna University of Technology 

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