A collection of logically related records or files.
An automated process in which data is compressed and wrapped by
removing trailing blanks and spaces from segments, groups, and/or
transactions. Data compression reduces data field information to its
minimum (for cost effectiveness).
An automated process to decompress or"unwrap" data received by
re-inserting trailing blanks and spaces.
A listing of all data elements, and sometimes the segments and
messages, unique to the specific system of EDI standards being used.
Data Element Separator:
A syntax character used to separate data elements within a segment.
Also referred to as a "delimiter".
The smallest named item in a segment that can convey data. For
example, "Bill To City" is one data element within a segment.
Record of EDI transmissions, maintained by either originator or
receiver, or a third party such as a VAN.
A communication link permanently established between two locations.
May be either a privately installed cable or a line leased from the
DES (Data Encryption Standard):
A Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) for data encryption,
using a symmetric security algorithm.
Ordinary phone line. Part of the switched network used by the phone
company to handle all types of calls-not just data communications
transmissions. Contrast with leased line.
Describing the process of, or the equipment or facilities involved in,
establishing a temporary connection via the switched telephone
Electroninc alphanumeric codes incorporated into messages to identify
Data Interchange Standards Association:
The not-for-profit membership organization that provides secretariat
service to ASC X12.
The acronym for Data Interchange Standards Association.
As used in EDI, one complete piece of data. Forexample, one Purchase
Order, or one Invoice. Also known as a "Message".