INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING (ITEM 2000) CONFERENCE.NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology. hosted the ITEM 2000 conference in June 2000, at NIST. Experts from industry and NIST were featured in six sessions and panel discussions designed to examine integration and interoperability The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, display adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the Ethernet standard and interoperate with each other. problems facing manufacturers as they deploy information technology products to increase productivity, to decrease time-to-market, to lower supply chain costs, and to expand their global reach. Session topics included product data management, manufacturing simulation, knowledge-aided engineering, process representation, electronic commerce, and eXtensible Markup Language See XML.
(language, text) Extensible Markup Language - (XML) An initiative from the W3C defining an "extremely simple" dialect of SGML suitable for use on the World-Wide Web.
http://w3.org/XML/. (XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. ) for systems integration. Samples of questions addressed in the panel discussions are:
* What are the impediments IMPEDIMENTS, contracts. Legal objections to the making of a contract. Impediments which relate to the person are those of minority, want of reason, coverture, and the like; they are sometimes called disabilities. Vide Incapacity.
2. to integration?
* What interfaces are appropriate and in what context?
* What standards are applicable?
* What integration approaches work?
* What applications need to interoperate with each other in order to improve business activities?
* What are the issues looming ahead?