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Design and Usage Guide for Version 0.92 of the Quality Information Framework Data Model and XML (Extensible Markup Language) Schemas



Fiona Zhao, Thomas Kramer, Robert Brown, Scott Hoffman, Matt Hoffman, William G. Rippey, Robert Stone


This document describes the design approach used for implementing version 0.92 of the Quality Information Framework (QIF) data model, including implementation practices for the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schema Definition Language (XSD) schemas that define the model and describe the rules for reading and writing QIF data files. The purpose is to orient potential users of QIF to the organization of the data model to make their study of the details more rewarding and efficient. It should also help solution providers and users to evaluate QIF for their uses, without needing to go to the lowest technical details of the XML schemas. The material on XML practices describes consistent design practices to be used by QIF working groups who will be designing new schemas, and it should help data processing experts who will be writing code to serialize and deserialize manufacturing quality data using the XML schemas. The data model narrative focuses on the approach to modeling the initial requirements of QIF, namely the content of ANSI/ASME Y14.5 (1994), and the plans and results data elements defined in Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS) 5.2 [1].
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1777
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Quality Information Framework (QIF), manufacturing quality, interoperability, data model, XML schema, measurement features, quality characteristics


Zhao, F. , Kramer, T. , Brown, R. , Hoffman, S. , Hoffman, M. , Rippey, W. and Stone, R. (2012), Design and Usage Guide for Version 0.92 of the Quality Information Framework Data Model and XML (Extensible Markup Language) Schemas, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created November 22, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021