4 Terms and abbreviations

The terms and abbreviations defined in Part 1: Definition of Messages of the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite also apply to this part of the ERN standard. Some of the defined terms in Part 1 of the ERN standard, appear in the text of this part of the ERN standard in lower case, for readability.

In addition, for the purposes of this part of the ERN standard the following terms have the definitions specified in this clause.


Formally, the Atom Syndication Format, is an XML language used for web service feeds. The Atom Publishing Protocol is a simple HTTP-based protocol for creating and updating web resources.

Web Service

A modern set of web technologies that allow small pieces of information, typically in the form of XML files, to be exchanged. Augmented with FTP (or other file exchange mechanisms) they can be used to communicate releases along the digital music supply chain.

Web Service Call

The sending of an XML document to a port/address on a web server, using HTTP or HTTPS.

Web Service Response

The sending of an XML document in direct response to a web service call, using HTTP or HTTPS. For the avoidance of doubt, the appropriate response is always the message indicated in the appropriate choreography.