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EIA Standard 836, Configuration Management Data Exchange and Interoperability Released for Committee and Public Review

May 21, 2001.

GEIA announces that Draft 0.3 of EIA Standard 836, Configuration Management Data Exchange and Interoperability, dated 18 May, 2001 has been posted on a website for GEIA G-33 Committee review. All interested parties, whether affiliated with GEIA, or not, are invited to download the standard, and participate in the review and comment process that will be open until 20 July 2001. Access is via one of the following links, which will provide means of electronically providing comments: or

EIA-836 standard is a fundamental reference for business-to-business access, sharing and exchange of CM data, and for the development, mapping and use of CM related tools, systems and databases. The EIA-836 XML vocabulary and grammar can be used within XML frameworks to facilitate interoperability between trading partner systems, databases, and people performing configuration management and product support functions throughout a product's life cycle. EIA-836 supports CM data exchange regardless of trading partner information system implementation or method of data transfer.

EIA-836 utilizes the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), the emerging lingua franca of e-commerce data exchange, in defining CM data elements, and data element relationships, as well as a set of XML schemas and XML document templates for the exchange of CM business objects such as Engineering Change Proposals, Request for Deviations, and a host of others. The EIA-836 Business Objects can be tailored by users to suit specific trading partner situations and different industry domains.

The EIA-836 development is a collaborative effort involving several GEIA member organizations including the Department of Defense. The EIA-836 project is sponsored by the G-33 (Configuration and Data Management) Committee Core Working Team consisting of representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, SAIC, ManTech, MLR Associates, Trident Systems, US Army, and OSD(AT&L). Other GEIA Systems, Standards and Technology Committees that interface with the project are G-47 (Systems Engineering), and the Information Technology and Integration Committee. An Oversight Group providing advisory partnerships with other associations such as the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

The EIA-836 Team is actively collaborating with other e-business initiatives including STEP (ISO 10303), the Product Life Cycle Support (PLCS) Program, and the Aerospace Industries Association Electronic Commerce Working Group (ECWG) to harmonize related efforts. EIA-836 complements the well-established ANSI/EIA-649 Standard for Configuration Management. It has wide applicability across industry, ranging from large corporations to small businesses and from complex enterprise-level product data management systems to simple Web-based and email exchange tools.

The ANSI-certified EIA standards process provides for open forums and reviews that afford all interested parties an opportunity to participate. The process itself fosters broad based acceptance and use by both Industry and Government. Individuals who are interested in this project, whether from GEIA Member Companies or not, are urged to contact Chris Denham, Vice President, Standards and Technology at email,, Alan Lager at email,, or Don Noble at email,

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Arlington, VA 22201-3834
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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See the discussion and references.

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