- UseCase: Automated data updates
- NonUseCase: Viewing differences by human
BASIC and ADVANCED
The Transaction Update File (TUF) contain all information that is needed for a semi-automated update of valuated data. This can be transactional data or a catalogue file (e.g. a BMEcat file) with ECLASS data (class/property/value/unit) that must be transferred from a previous ECLASS MajorRelease to a later ECLASS MajorRelease.
These files are one among several supporting files (RUF, TUF, CUF, SDF) which enable a user to update an ECLASS classified and property described material master to a new version. All of these can be found here.
TUF is available for ECLASS BASIC and ADVANCED in two different XML files. It includes only information that cannot be obtained by the direct comparison of subsequent structure data releases.
Contained in the Transaction Update Files are combinations of predecessor-successor pairs of paths. A path starts from an Application Class and passes different reference properties of blocks to finally reach a certain property in the context of this Application Class and Block structure.
Reasonable, BASIC model paths are therefore all very short (containing only the application class and the property) and ADVANCED model paths can become very long (when a property is addressed that is situated in a deeply nested block structure).
If only the previous release is accessible, Structure Difference File (SDF) may be used before applying Transaction Update Files.
There are tree different XML files:
- ECLASSXML 1.0 (since Release 7.0 until Release 7.1)
- ECLASSXML 2.0 (since Release 8.0 until Release 10.1)
- ECLASSXML 3.0 (since Release 11.0)
Figure 1 - TUF (ECLASSXML-1.0)
Purpose: To transport how a certain property’s context has changed between source and target release.
The equiv_path contains a sequence of up to five elements:
- source_path: mandatory; PROPERTYPATH_Type
- can have up to three optional attributes (CC, AC, aspect having IRDI as values) that describe the class context of the property path
- contains a sequence of property elements which describe the path of the property. This path is only longer than 1 in case of advanced classes, i.e. where a block structure is traversed. Each property element has three elements:
- a mandatory ref (IRDI of the property)
- an optional ordinal_number (integer index of a traversed pattern of cardinality)
- a target_class_ref (IRDI of the selected specialization of a traversed pattern of polymorphism)
- target_path: mandatory; structurally of the same PROPERTYPATH_Type as source_path
- value_mapping: optional; contains a sequence of source_value and target_value which are both references to an ontoML value group.
- unit_mapping: optional; contains a sequence of source_unit and target_unit which are both identified by their IRDI.
- incompatible_change: optional; boolean that tells whether or not a change can be performed automatically (when omitted it obviously can)
Deletions in ECLASS 7.0 were implemented such that:
- a new property was introduced in target class
- an equiv_path command was issued from the to be deleted property to the newly created one
- the to be “deleted” property was set to deprecated
Thereby it was not triggered that the code of the old application class be updated as it would have had to be in case a real replace (including a real deletion of property) had been performed.
Please note: Some example refer to ECLASSXML-1.0, some refer to ECLASSXML-2.0, syntactically they are equal, only namespaces are different.
Example 1 (ECLASSXML-1.0):
In this example, the property AAE670 in the default aspect SGX034 was replaced by the property AAQ326. The context of the property path is the CC BAE982 with the AC ABY226.
<tuf:equiv_path> <tuf:source_path aspect="0173-1#01-SGX034#004" ac="0173-1#01-ABY226#005" cc="0173-1#01-BAE982#005"> <cmn:property ref="0173-1#02-AAE670#001" /> </tuf:source_path> <tuf:target_path aspect="0173-1#01-SGX034#005" ac="0173-1#01-ABY226#006" cc="0173-1#01-BAE982#006"> <cmn:property ref="0173-1#02-AAQ326#001" /> </tuf:target_path> </tuf:equiv_path>
Example 2 (ECLASSXML-2.0):
In this example, the property AAC963 (Rated Voltage, deleted) that was assigned to the BASIC AC of SourceClass 22410101 was replaced by property BAH005 (Rated Voltage):
The corresponding TUF entry is:
Example 3 (ECLASSXML-2.0): JOIN Class
The successor path for property AAO735 (Rated Voltage, deleted) that was assigned to the BASIC AC (ABZ689) of SourceClass 40210203 (BAC917) is now the BASIC AC (AEL649) of TargetClass 34140202, after the JOIN of the SourceClass into the TargetClass. The TUF entry is:
Purpose: To delete a path which is no longer valid, i.e. a property has no successor in target structure and valuation shall be destroyed
The command delete_path contains one mandatory element, the source_path which is of the same PROPERTYPATH_Type as the source_path in the equiv_path command.
<tuf:delete_path> <tuf:source_path ac="0173-1#01-ABY226#005" cc="0173-1#01-BAE982#005"> <cmn:property ref="0173-1#02-BAJ012#006" /> </tuf:source_path> </tuf:delete_path>
In the above example the valuation of the undesired property BAJ012 is destroyed in the context of AC ABY226 classified as CC BAE982.
Purpose: To introduce a value for a property. May be needed for initialization of pattern of cardinality.
The command propose_value contains a sequence of two mandatory elements
- target_path of the property for which the value is proposed (which is of the same PROPERTYPATH_Type as the source_path in the equiv_path command)
- proposed_value (a reference to an ontoML value group)
Note: does not occur in ECLASS 7.0
<propose_value> <target_path cc="0173-123#01-AAA123#002" ac="0173-123#01-BAA123#002"> <cmn:property ref="0173-123#01-AAA123#002" /> </target_path> <proposed_value> <val:string_value>just a test</val:string_value> </proposed_value> </propose_value>
Purpose: To delete a value (needed for corrections)
The command delete_value contains a sequence of two mandatory elements:
- source_path of the property for which the value is deleted (which is of the same PROPERTYPATH_Type as the source_path in the equiv_path command)
- value_to_delete (a reference to an ontoML value group)
Note: does not occur in ECLASS 7.0
<delete_value> <source_path cc="0173-123#01-AAA123#001" ac="0173-123#01-BAA123#001"> <cmn:property ref="0173-123#02-AAA123#001" /> </source_path> <value_to_delete> <val:string_value>remove this</val:string_value> </value_to_delete> </delete_value>
Purpose: To unfold pattern of cardinality and/or polymorphism in a predefined way
In case of complex changes it may be necessary in order to allow for automatic conversion of valuations to prepare a certain unfolding of structure to obtain the needed target paths for equiv_path commands.
The command select_branch contains one mandatory element: the target_path which is of the same PROPERTYPATH_Type as the source_path in the equiv_path command. It is to be expected that one of the attributes ordinal_number or target_class_ref is set.
Note: does not occur in ECLASS 7.0
<select_branch> <target_path cc="0173-123#01-AAA123#002" ac="0173-123#01-BAA123#002"> <cmn:property ref="0173-123#02-AAA123#002" ordinal_number="1"/> </target_path> </select_branch>