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What is the difference between a Role and a Responsibility?

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Responsibilities can now be considered a special type of role that represents the set of navigation menus contained within an application. Therefore, responsibilities loosely represent an application itself, whereas roles can be used to determine what parts of that application (and data therein) a user has access. This represents a shift in the definition of a responsibility in Oracle Applications. Previously, a responsibility has been used not only to define the application navigation menus, but also to confer privileges and permissions within that application. Using this definition of responsibility, it was often necessary to create several similar responsibilities in order to effectively carve out data and functional security access for a group of users. This has increased the overall cost of ownership as the number of responsibilities has grown. Oracle Applications follows the Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Reference Model (ANSI INCITS 359-2004) definition of a role as "a job ...
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Responsibilities can now be considered a special type of role that represents the set of navigation menus contained within an application. Therefore, responsibilities loosely represent an application itself, whereas roles can be used to determine what parts of that application (and data therein) a user has access. This represents a shift in the definition of a responsibility in Oracle Applications. Previously, a responsibility has been used not only to define the application navigation menus, but also to confer privileges and permissions within that application. Using this definition of responsibility, it was often necessary to create several similar responsibilities in order to effectively carve out data and functional security access for a group of users. This has increased the overall cost of ownership as the number of responsibilities has grown. Oracle Applications follows the Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Reference Model(ANSI INCITS 359-2004)definition of a role as "a job ... more
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