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This alphabetized glossary provides definitions of common, significant terms that often appear in standards development work. 


The acronym for Application Programming Interface. An API allows different applications to connect and exchange data.  

Data Standards 

Data (or technical/technology) standards are agreed-upon rules, definitions, methods, and/or technologies by which data are described and recorded. With shared format and meaning, data standards make it easier to create, share, and integrate data.   


The acronym for JavaScript Object Notation. JSON provides a standard format for the transmission of data. JSON is readable by both machines and people.  

MedBiquitous® Community Member 

A MedBiquitous® Community Member does not need a fully executed MedBiquitous Participation Agreement in place to participate in such activities as annual conferences, roundtables, webinars, the MedBiquitous ThinkTank virtual community, and general working group membership (non-chair roles).  

MedBiquitous Standard 

A MedBiquitous data standard is created with the support of the advisory committees and a dedicated working group, and it does not need to be submitted to ANSI for approval. The determination of this status (MedBiquitous standard vs. ANS standard) is made prior to the onset of a project.  

Participant/Participating Organization 

An individual or an organization with a current, fully executed Participation Agreement with the MedBiquitous Program that participates in the standards development process. One must be a participant or participating organization to hold an advisory role (Steering Committee, Technical Advisory Group, Research and Alignment Group, working group chair) and be a Voting Body member.   

Program Member 

See MedBiquitous Participant/Participating Organization. 

Technical Guideline 

A technical guideline is an established, agreed-upon recommendation for practices and procedures.  

Web Services 

A shared language for applications. Web services allow for applications and machines to connect with one another via the internet.  


The acronym for Extensible Markup Language. XML is a web standard allowing for an easier exchange of structured data over the internet.