Universal Data Element Framework Version One Announced

The Open Group Announces UDEF to Help Generate Enterprise Cost Savings by Enabling Standardized Information Indexing

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 08, 2007 – The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the release of Version One of the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF), a standard way of indexing enterprise information. UDEF Version One contains the definitions that will enable enterprises to index many commonly-used information items. UDEF will be extended over time, and future versions will cover more and more information used by different kinds of enterprises.  UDEF as well as its future development are managed by The Open Group’s UDEF Forum which is comprised of such companies as Capgemini, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.  For more information on the forum and how to become a member, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/udef/

UDEF simplifies information management through consistent classification and assignment of a global standard identifier to the data names and then relating them to similar data element concepts defined by other organizations. Though this approach is a small part of the overall picture, it is potentially a crucial enabler of semantic interoperability.   

“The Open Group’s introduction of the Universal Data Element Framework, through the hard work of the UDEF Forum members, is the culmination of the first 18 months of operation of the forum,” said Dr. Chris Harding, forum director for SOA and semantic interoperability, The Open Group. “The Open Group is pleased to release Version One of the UDEF standard, which will not only enable semantic interoperability but also help enterprises achieve boundary-less information flow.” 

Application development continues to be very costly because of the difficulty of organizing and accessing the large volumes of information stored by enterprises and utilized by applications. With the introduction of UDEF, enterprises can access and utilize a standardized framework to index information, allowing developers to find information sources more easily and reducing development costs. Because UDEF is a standard, the cost of interfacing with other enterprises that use the UDEF is reduced as well.

About The Open Group
The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

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Media contact: Bill Bourdon
Bateman Group for The Open Group