Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) September 18, 2009
Now more than ever government procurement needs faster and better procurement information, this can only come from having quality authoritative data. Getting that data has just got a lot cheaper thanks to Department of Defense support for international standards.
Over six years ago the Defense Logistic Agency (DLA), the agency responsible for Cataloging and Standardization as required by United States Code, Title 10, Chapter 145, undertook a bold initiative to turn the Federal Cataloging System (FCS) into an open public standard. Working with the NATO committee on codification (AC/135) and industry, DLA sponsored the development of ISO 22745 (open technical dictionaries and their application to master data) and ISO 8000 (data quality). The result is not only new international standards but growing industry adoption and a growing international industry dedicated to cataloging, data cleaning and data quality solutions made possible by the new standards.
In a complex purchasing environment very few in the supply chain ever see the objects themselves and instead they must rely on descriptions. These descriptions must not only accurately identify the objects but must also describe them in a way that they can be easily found, differentiated and grouped for management and analysis. This is the foundation of the Federal Cataloging System (FCS) and the National Stock Number (NSN), the supply catalog mandated under United States Code, Title 10, Chapter 145 - Cataloging and Standardization.
The problem has always been that the cost of cataloging was high requiring experts to pour over drawings and technical data to extract the characteristics needed to describe the item in terms of its fit, form and function. The answer to faster, better and cheaper authoritative data is actually very simple - ask for it, of course the key is knowing how to ask. Asking for the characteristic data you need from your supplier in compliance with ISO 8000-110:2008 is cataloging at source (C@S).
ECCMA (Electronic Commerce Code Management Association), the project leader for the new ISO standards, is holding its 10th anniversary conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will focus on the practical steps to implementing the new international standard for data quality and Cataloging at Source (C@S). The conference includes data quality experts and companies providing data quality and data cleaning software and service solutions and is to be held October 27th-29th, 2009 at the historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Please visit http://www.ECCMA.org for more information registration details.
The Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) http://www.eccma.org is an international not for profit membership association founded in 1999 with mission to research, develop and promote better quality data for use in electronic commerce. The Association first developed the UNSPSC as a global commodity classification and went on to develop the ECCMA Open Technical Dictionary (eOTD) to allow the creation and exchange of unambiguous, language independent descriptions. The eOTD is based on the Federal Cataloging System and the NATO Codification System, the systems used to manage the world's largest shared inventory developed by the Department of Defense at a cost in excess of $3 Billion and used today by over 50 countries.
ECCMA is the American National Standards (ANSI) appointed administrator of the US Technical Advisors Group to ISO Technical Committee 184 Sub Committee 4 (TC 184/SC 4), a leading ISO technical committee responsible for hr development and maintenance of international standards for industrial data.
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