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Using the UDEF : Concept of Operation

This concept of operation for the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) applies to any organization that has the requirement to exchange data between applications, whether internal or external to the organization, and that cannot be adequately satisfied by an existing data standard.

The Universal Data Element Framework

The Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) is a framework for describing data to enable interoperability. Enterprise and standard specialist vocabularies can be related to each other within the UDEF. A particular feature is support for equivalent vocabularies in different languages. It is easy to use, and its definitions are readily available on-line.


ID@URI was initially devised by the DIALOG research project of the Helsinki University of Technology as a universal identifier format for identifying and linking tangible objects ("things") to their information sources on the Internet (the "Internet of Things").

Intelligent Products

Several propositions for how to define and classify intelligent products have been made in the past. This definition is based on the survey article on Intelligent Products by Meyer et al. (2009).


GUPI is an acronym for 'Globally Unique Product Identifier'.

Device Interoperability Layer

The PROMISE Device Interoperability Layer provides the mechanism by which devices can be automatically discovered by the PROMISE Data Services (middleware) layer.

Application Specific PEID

The Application Specific PEID extends the PROMISE Core PEID by a PEID-specific interface. Access to data is not limited to key-content compositions, but the Application Specific PEID may provide a semantic method interface to read or write portions of the content of the PEID.


The PROMISE Core PAC (Core PEID Access Container) is a functional representation of a collection of PROMISE Core PEIDs. The Core PAC provides networking functionality to communicate with the backend via the PROMISE Data Services (middleware) layer.


The PROMISE Core PEID is an identification, data collection and storage system that is, at least partially, attached to a product to provide lifecycle monitoring and management. Note that the Core PEID does not provide information to the backend directly.
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