Work Item
ASTM WK87871

New Terminology for Supply Chain Key Terms and Terminology Modifiers

1. Scope

Define supply chain terms and terminology modifiers, including classifying or categorizing terminologies.


milestone; phase; state; status; event; interoperability; visibility; container availability; modifier; qualifier; object; entity; base term; location; vessel; date; data element; data type; data format; mode


WK87321 identifies and defines essential terms for benchmarking progress through a transportation transaction. The work item specifies three "phases" without a given definition of what is a phase, seven "milestones" without a definition for what is a "milestone", and infers a status/state change at each milestone and at some events (also without a prescribed definition for "event").
Categories or classifications of supply chain terms also need to be defined.
Further, key terms necessary for future work items need to be defined with discussions to be used as examples.
And when a defined term is not sufficient to precisely convey a term's meaning, modifying language should be intentionally added and also formatted to ensure clarity. Systematically using qualifying modifiers eliminates the uncertainty from important terms.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F49.01

Committee: F49

Staff Manager: Jennifer Tursi

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 09-14-2023

Technical Contact: Michael Darden

Item: 000