ISO/IEC 11179 describes the standardising and registering of data elements to make data understandable and shareable.
Data element standardisation and registration as described in ISO/IEC 11179 allow the creation of a shared data environment in much less time and with much less effort than it takes for conventional data management methodologies.
The purpose of the standard is to give concrete guidance on the formulation and maintenance of discrete data element descriptions and semantic content (metadata) that will be used to formulate data elements in a consistent, standard manner. It also provides guidance for establishing a data element registry.
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