1      Definition

An Item containing  the type of information requested about an Item or a Process.

2      Functional Requirements

Inform should support the needs of humans and Processes to communicate to a Service their needs to obtain information about a Process or an Item.

3      Syntax


4      Semantics

Label Size Description
Header N1 Bytes Inform Header
– Standard 9 Bytes The characters “MMM-INF-V”
– Version N2 Bytes Major version – 1 or 2 characters
– Dot-separator 1 Byte The character “.”
– Subversion N3 Byte Minor version – 1 or 2 characters
M-InstanceID N4 Bytes Identifier of M-Instance.
InformID N5 Bytes Identifier of Inform Item.
InformData N6 Bytes Set of Inform Data
– InformFormatID N7 Bytes ID of Inform Format
– InformDataLength N8 Bytes Length of Inform Data
– InformDataURI N9 Bytes URI of Inform Data
DescrMetadata N11 Bytes Descriptive Metadata

5      Data Formats

MPAI assumes that different Inform Services will use different Inform Formats.

6      To Respondents

MPAI requests:

  1. Comments on Functional Requirements of the Inform Item.
  2. Proposals for an initial list of Inform Formats.