Intelligent Data Sets Accelerating Deployment of ISO15926

Realizing Open Information Interoperability


Sub-Project Leader : Ian Glendinning (European Time Zone)

Executive Summary

ISO-15926 is the standard for lifecycle integration and interoperability, based on highly generic information modeling principles, and with a high dependency on shared reference data. Whilst it supports many valid and flexible implementation possibilities, these may not support the full lifecycle capabilities intended by the standard. And, being highly generic and flexible, achieving comprehensive and consistent interpretation in different implementations is non-trivial.

Compliance Categories arranged as stepping stones expose that complexity in stages, and in doing so open up distinct work-fronts enabling more, different, business-domain expertise to contribute more consistent interpretation at each step. The industry and individual organizations are thus enabled and encouraged to achieve full lifecycle integration benefits in a series of pragmatic steps each with immediate business value, but with minimum overall effort and risk.

As ISO15926 approaches completion, and the resources involved mature and grow in number, it has become necessary to bring into one document a definition of what ISO15926 Compliance involves. This compliance specification is intended to form the basis for testing and certification of compliance by systems claiming ISO15926 compliance at interoperability interfaces.

Compliance Specification Progress & Status

After consideration amongst the IDS-ADI core steering team, using this Trac Wiki to gather ideas in February 2008, a draft proposal was the subject of an IDS-ADI workshop in New Orleans (April 3, 2008), and the version 0.3 of the Compliance Specification was subject to further review at the IDS-ADI software vendor workshop in Houston (April 28/29, 2008). Comments arising from those workshops, and feedback from initial matrix-sub-project considerations have been incorporated into the specification during July 2008.

The last working version of The Compliance Specification is "v1.2" June 2009. Its status was "ready for use".

IMPORTANT NOTE 2011 - This has been taken up by the JORD Project, and is being used to create the JORD Compliance Specification and the JORD Compliance Validation Procedures using the agreed Compliance Checklist v7.


(Note that the Compliance approach is closely related to the Characterization & Mapping Methodology. That is the mapping methodology is intended to lead domain expert users to compliant mappings.)


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