Shipdex

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Shipdex is the defined International Business Rules (The Shipdex Protocol) developed to standardize the production and the exchange of technical and logistic data between parties in the shipping community. The scope of this protocol is to cover the data exchange in digital format of information currently supplied in the form of printed Technical Manuals. It is an XML standard which is modified from a subset of ASD S1000D.

On 27-28 March 2007 a meeting was held in Naples, Italy between shipowners and equipment manufacturers to confirm the will to develop a common and shared Data Exchange Protocol whose name was decided to be SHIPDEX. The standard is managed by Shipdex Co Ltd as a not for profit Shipdex company established by the shipping community represented by a number of the founder members.

The reason to develop a common and standardized Protocol for exchanging data resides on the fact that shipping companies are receiving from manufacturers technical manuals in different formats, different structures and so are obliged to use different viewers (or browsers) to visualise electronic manuals supplied in HTML, WORD, XML or PDF formats.

The Shipdex protocol also facilitates transfer of data for those shipping companies that are utilising Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software applications and thus allow import of source data from original manufacturers

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