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Tradacoms is a pioneering implementation of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) used primarily in the UK for retail and publishing sector. Originally developed in 1982 to service the UK retail industry as an implementation of UN/GTDI which has been superseded by EANCOM & EDIFACT due to constraints needed in international trade. As a result Tradacoms has become obsolete and has not been developed since 1998. Despite this the standard itself has proven to be extremely resilient as it is still widely used in the UK retail industry. It was managed by the UK Article Numbering Association’s eCentre, and today falls under the purvue of GS1 UK.

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United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT) is the international EDI standard developed under the United Nations. The work of maintenance and further development of this standard is done through the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) under the UN Economic Commission for Europe, in the Finance Domain working group UN CEFACT TBG5. EDIFACT has been adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the ISO standard ISO 9735.

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EANCOM is a GS1 EDI standard, fully based on the UN/EDIFACT (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport), which comprises a set of internationally agreed standards, directories and guidelines for the electronic interchange of data.

EANCOM as a subset of UN/EDIFACT provides the collection of only those message element which are needed by the business application and required by the syntax (mandatory elements). Omitted are optional elements covering very specific business requirements not relevant for GS1 users.

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The American National Standards Institute or ANSI is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide

ANSI accredits standards that are developed by representatives of standards developing organizations, government agencies, consumer groups, company’s, and others. These standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way. ANSI also accredits organizations that carry out product or personnel certification in accordance with requirements defined in international standards

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Odette International is an organisation, formed by the automotive industry for the automotive industry. It sets the standards for e-business communications, engineering data exchange and logistics management, which link the 4000 plus businesses in the European motor industry and their global trading partners.

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The Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V., short VDA, is a German interest group of the German automobile industry, both automobile manufactures and automobile component suppliers.

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RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium aimed at establishing standard processes for the sharing of business information (B2B). RosettaNet is a consortium of major Computer and Consumer Electronics, Electronic Components, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Logistics company’s working to create and implement industry-wide, open e-business process standards. These standards form a common e-business language, aligning processes between supply chain partners on a global basis.

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