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Global Data Dictionary (GDD)

Uniform Code Council and EAN International Release Global Data Dictionary

New Tool Provides Common Framework for Global Standards Development

Princeton, NJ / Brussels, Belgium. October 1, 2002.

EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC), leaders in facilitating efficient international business, have announced the availability of the EAN.UCC Global Data Dictionary (GDD). This online repository supports the definitions and references associated with all data components and entities of EAN.UCC standards. The GDD is accessible through the EAN.UCC website at

Developed by the UCC, EAN International, and global users representing a wide range of industries, the GDD is a relational database of names, terms, and definitions that support the standards of the EAN.UCC System. In addition the GDD also supports cross-reference to external standards organization entities, including ebXML, X12, and EANCOM. The dictionary will provide a foundational information tool for the EAN.UCC Global Standards Management Process, which provides a single-pass source for the development of open, global standards for users of the EAN.UCC System. By providing a clear and common framework, the dictionary will help eliminate ambiguity from the terms used in EAN.UCC business messages and XML standards.

The development of new e-business standards by EAN and UCC has created a critical need to store, reuse and share precise core components and business definitions and their equivalent representations in targeted standards such as EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), XML (eXtensible Markup Language), or AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture). The EAN.UCC Global Data Dictionary functions as a core components repository for this data. The dictionary provides a single, global source for the names, terms, and definitions that support EAN.UCC standards and will greatly enhance the ability of users to understand and implement the standards.

Additional information about the EAN.UCC Global Data Dictionary and the Global Standards Management Process is available at Further information about the Uniform Code Council and EAN International can be found on their respective websites: and

The joint mission of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. and EAN International is to improve supply chain management and other business processes that reduce costs and/or add value for both products and services. EAN International and UCC develop, establish and promote global, open standards for identification and communication for the benefit of the users involved and the ultimate consumer.


Uniform Code Council, Inc.
Terry Erman
Director, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 609.620.4543

EAN International
Graham Avory
Communications Manager
Tel: +32 2 227 10 20


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Uniform Code Council (UCC) XML Program."

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