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Intelligent information delivery

Intelligent information is standard at tekom: iiRDS eases the exchange and use of digital content.

iiRDS News

Easier generation of iiRDS packages with the new plugin for DITA Open Toolkit. On March 22, the tekom iiRDS Consortium published a free plugin for the DITA Open Toolkit. For more information visit the iiRDS website and join STC New England's webinar with Ulrike Parson introducing the plugin on March 26, 2024. The webinar recording will be made available in the iiRDS YouTube channel in April.

The iiRDS Version 1.2 was published on November 10, 2023. It features SKOS labeling, revised definitions and links to external classifications such as ECLASS. Another milestone in 2023 was achieved in the field of standardization with the publication of the IEC PAS 63485:2023 in October, which describes the iiRDS information flow and metadata models, including information appendices on iiRDS metadata and information exchange scenarios.

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How Intelligent Information Becomes Reality

The field of technical communication is preparing for the age of digitalization and IoT. In the midst of it all: iiRDS, the tekom standard for intelligent information delivery.

iiRDS, short for intelligent information Request and Delivery Standard, enables the delivery of intelligent information – independent from different industries and manufacturers. The standard acts as a mediator between manufacturer and customer: manufacturers can easily supply various customers with the information for use they require, and customers can easily integrate information from various manufacturers into their systems. This is achieved by standardized metadata, which make content semantically accessible and enable documentation content to be exchanged and used across manufacturer boundaries.

The idea for such a standard originated in the tekom Information 4.0 Working Group, which formed as early as 2016 with the aim of fundamentally changing the delivery of information for the future: In the age of Industrie 4.0, users demand the required information in a specific context, at a specific time, individualized and on a preferred mobile device. Mobile devices have become an integral part of everyday life, and user expectations have changed fundamentally in recent years. iiRDS takes this change into account and delivers only the information that is needed exactly in this situation, at this point in time, by this user etc. – in an intelligent way. Communication between man and machine should come as close as possible to natural communication.

iiRDS Consortium

In order to further develop the standard under a larger structure and to exploit its potential, the iiRDS Consortium was founded in January 2018 and now has more than 30 national and international members. Consortium members are continuously working on the further development and distribution of the standard.

A special concern of the iiRDS Consortium is the cooperative effort with the VDI 2770 committee "Digital manufacturer information for the process industry". Currently, the Working Groups are jointly developing a hybrid version to ensure compatibility between both standards.

Would you like more information about how the standard works or about the iiRDS Consortium? Visit iirds.org, or stay up to date with the iiRDS newsletter!

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