Mediating updates using a web based service

University essay from KTH/Kommunikationssystem, CoS

Abstract:

The European Commission had approved the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulations in the year 2006, and will begin to implement it form 1 June 2007. This regulation greatly increases safety of protection for the users of chemicals, but it also brought a problem for the manufactures as well as downstream users. That is they have to generate and distribute much more Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) then before. This work is difficult for most companies since this job usually was done manually. The new regulation requires a much more efficient method to generate and distribute them.

This thesis project addresses the problem of automatically distributing MSDS and the corresponding metadata. It presents the underlying technology selected for this project. It gives a brief introduction of this project, the underlying technologies used, along with the methods used to deliver relevant and up to date materials safety information.

At last an HTTP web application approach was selected to solve the problem, the resulting application can efficiently notify a downstream user of the newly updated MSDS and transport the corresponding file and metadata. It is truly data driven, therefore the downstream user does not need to check for updates everyday, instead will be notified when there is an available update.

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