Glossary of Standards Terms
This alphabetized glossary provides definitions of common, significant terms that often appear in standards development work.
An American National Standard (ANS) data standard is created by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) via a voluntary and consensus-driven process, in accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements.
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) is an organization that oversees the development, compliance, and promotion of voluntary consensus data standards in the United States.
The acronym for Application Programming Interface. An API allows different applications to connect and exchange data.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A technical guideline is an established, agreed-upon recommendation for practices and procedures.
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.