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An Evaluation Mechanism for Defining Gaps and Overlaps of Product Information Exchange Standards



Ram D. Sriram, Mehmet Sarigecili, Mehmet M. Baysal, Utpal Roy, Sudarsan Rachuri


The need to exchange information between organizations or departments of the same corporation is hampered by interoperability problems that mostly originate from the necessity to comply with diverse standards while using dissimilar applications. Each organization generally uses different standards (both local and international) for products which they produce or use. The differences and similarities of these standards, or gaps and overlaps between these standards create problems when exchanging product information through the product life cycle. Defining gaps and overlaps for these standards will help us better understand the interoperability issues. This will aid in the development of strategies for reducing interoperability problems, thus improving efficient information exchange. In this study, we present different approaches for comparing standards and for identifying gaps and overlaps in standards. A Matrix--based evaluation mechanism developed for this purpose is also described.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IMECE '2007 Conference
Conference Dates
November 1-3, 2007
Conference Location
Seattle, WA, US


interoperability, product information exchange standards, product lifecycle, supply chain


Sriram, R. , Sarigecili, M. , Baysal, M. , Roy, U. and Rachuri, S. (2007), An Evaluation Mechanism for Defining Gaps and Overlaps of Product Information Exchange Standards, Proceedings of the IMECE '2007 Conference, Seattle, WA, US, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created August 31, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021