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ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE (EDI)

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Definition:
Electronic exchange of data usually in forms that are compatible so that software or a combination of individuals and software can put it in a compatible form at the receiving end if necessary.

Context:
EDI offers businesses the opportunity to retrieve information electronically from their internal systems and to forward that information to trade partners/suppliers/customers/government through a communications network. An example might be pulling data of one type of data base management system into a sequential format and then transferring the data to a second location where the data are stored in a format different from the originating data base management system.

Source Publication:
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Glossary of Terms on Statistical Data Editing", Conference of European Statisticians Methodological material, Geneva, 2000.

Cross References:
EDIFACT
GESMES TS

Hyperlink:
http://www.unece.org/stats/publications/editingglossary.pdf

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, January 03, 2006