Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) is an international standards-setting organization that was formed in 2006 to develop standards that enable companies to communicate information along the digital supply chain more efficiently by:
- Developing standard message and file formats (XML or flat-file)
- Developing choreographies for specific business transactions
- Developing communication protocols (SFTP or based on web services)
- Working with industry bodies to create a more efficient supply chain.
DDEX currently focuses on the music industry and has about 100 members.
Business transactions addressed
DDEX's standards address a series of business transactions:
- Release deliveries
- Sales/usage reporting
- Communication with and amongst Music Licensing Companies
- Licensing of musical works
- Collection of information on sound recordings and musical works in the recording studio
Using DDEX standards
Implementers that want to use any of the DDEX standards are required to take out a software licence. This licence is a royalty-free click wrap licence that grants implementers access to the intellectual property embedded in the DDEX standards.