- (computing) Electronic Data Interchange: the computer-to-computer exchange of structured information, by agreed message standards, from one computer application to another by electronic means and with a minimum of human intervention.
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Standards for the computer-to-computer electronic exchange of business data, such as invoices and purchase orders, in standard formats. The parties engaged in an EDI transaction agree to a format that allows data transfer requiring no human intervention or re-keying on either end. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) developed the ANSI ASC X12 standard, which is popular in North America and is used widely throughout Pump Laser Pump Laser 1480 nm 1480 nm Optical Isolator Optical Isolator Optical Isolator DWM DWM 1550 nm the world.The UN/EDIFACT international standard, a United Nations recommendation, is predominant outside of North America. EDI standards specify data formats, character sets, and data elements. See also ANSI and standard. EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce, and Transport) See EDI.
(Electronic Data Interchange) The electronic communication of business transactions, such as orders, confirmations and invoices, between organizations. Third parties provide EDI services that enable organizations with different equipment to connect. Although interactive access may be a part of it, EDI implies direct computer-to-computer transactions into vendors' databases and ordering systems. The Internet gave EDI quite a boost. However, rather than using privately owned networks and the traditional EDI data formats (X12, EDIFACT and TRADACOMS), many business transactions are formatted in XML and transported over the Internet using the HTTP Web protocol. See X12, EDIFACT, TRADACOMS, extranet, externalization, XML and HTTP.