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Internet Governance Glossary


3.13 Electronic data interchange / EDI

Transfer of structured data, by agreed message standards, from one computer system to another without human intervention.


In 1987, the UN/EDIFACT Syntax Rules were approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the international technical standard ISO 9735:1988 which became the multipart standard ISO 9735:2002 Electronic data interchange for administration, commerce and transport (EDIFACT) – Application level syntax rules (Syntax version number: 4, Syntax release number: 1).