Data Quality Standard and Open Technical Dictionary

Data Quality Standard ISO 8000 and Open Technical Dictionary ISO 22745 and ISO 29002 Industrial automation systems and integration — Exchange of characteristic data

To be effective in the marketing, selling, manufacturing, distributing, and sourcing products requires more consistent and higher quality product information.

The development of new sophisticated technical products significantly increased the amount of product related data and content. Organizations increase the number and diversity of products they offer and range of procured products and components.

The ability to create, collect, store, maintain, transfer, process and present data to support business processes in a timely and cost effective manner requires both an understanding of the characteristics of the data that determine its quality, and an ability to measure, manage and report on data quality.

ISO 8000 defines characteristics that can be tested by any organization in the data supply chain to objectively determine conformance of the data to ISO 8000.

ISO 8000 provides a framework for improving data quality that can be used independently or in conjunction with quality management systems.

SO 8000 covers industrial data quality characteristics throughout the product life cycle from conception to disposal. ISO 8000 addresses specific kinds of data including, but not limited to, master data, transaction data, and product data. ISO 22745 specifies a system for descriptive technology consisting of:

  • open technical dictionary (OTD);
  • identification guide (IG);
  • master data;
  • identification scheme;
  • procedures for maintenance of an OTD;
  • interfaces for querying information from an OTD, including terminology related to a given concept.

An OTD is a collection of terminology defined by and obtained from consensus bodies such as ISO, IEC, and other groups that have a consensus process for developing terminology. An OTD contains terms, definitions, and images of concepts used to describe individuals, organizations, locations, goods and services. Within ISO 22745, an item is described through membership in a class and a set of property value pairs.


  • allows properties to be unambiguously defined in an ISO 10303 file;
  • allows information to be unambiguously defined and exchanged between multi-national partners without loss of meaning;
  • supports synchronization of databases with minimum data mapping requirements;
  • provides transparent information flow among multiple information formats and specifically between government and commercial systems;
  • provides timely and accurate data that can be used to support finance and accounting processes;
  • supports cost-effective sourcing;
  • supports inventory management and rationalization;
  • provides for both commercial and intra-governmental transactions;
  • supports multiple units of measure and international currencies;
  • supports multiple classifications and multiple languages.