Accredited Standards Committee. Formed to develop uniform standards
for electronic interchange of business transactions.
The ASC X12 standards for EDI.
American National Standards Institute. The United States organization
that compiles and publishes computer industry standards. ANSI also
represents the United States and Canada in the International Standards
The ANSI X12 standards developed for EDI.
Computer data processing software such as Accounts Payable.
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
American Telephone and Telegraph. The state of Ohios Value
Added Network Provider.
Bureau of Medical Systems Administration.
Commodity Allocation Tracking System, provides the automation of
commodity allocation and tracking processes performed by Child Nutrition
Consultative Committee for International Telecommunications and Telephony.
A checking process that is used to ensure that a transmission complies
with ANSI X12 syntax rules.
A data element requirement designator which indicates the presence
of other data elements in the segment. The condition must be stated
and must be computer processable.
Any company that provides service-oriented deliverables to the state
Department of Administrative Services.
The basic units of information in the EDI standards containing a
set of values that represent a singular fact. They may be single character
codes, literal descriptions or numeric values. EXAMPLE: "PURCHASE-ORDER-NUMBER."
Data Element Delimiter
The single character delimiter follows the segment identifier and
each data element in a segment except the last.
Data Element Length
This is the range, minimum to maximum, or the number of character
positions available to represent the value of the data element. A
data element may be of variable length with the range from minimum
to maximum, or it may be of fixed length in which the minimum is equal
to the maximum.
Data Element Reference Number
Unique identifier assigned to each data element.
Data Element Requirement Designator
A code defining the need for a data element value to appear in the
segment if the segment is transmitted. The codes are Mandatory (M),
Optional (O) or Conditional ©.
Data Element Type
A data element may be one of six types: numeric, decimal, identifier,
string, date or time.
The delimiters consist of two levels of separators and a terminator.
The delimiters are an integral part of the transferred data stream.
Delimiters are specified in the interchange header and may not be
used in a data element value elsewhere in the interchange.
Data Interchange Standards Association. A non-profit organization
funded by X12 which serves as the secretariat for X12.
The data that makes up a business transaction, such as an invoice,
purchase order or ship notice.
Electronic Data Interchange is the computer-to-computer exchange
of business-related documents in a structured, machine processable
EDI for Administration, Commerce and Trade.
Notification to the sender that an electronic document has been received
in a standards-compliant format.
Electronic documents (transaction sets) of like type, destined for
the same trading partner.
A connection between two networks which allows messages to be routed
from one to the other. A communications interface between one system
International Standards Organization responsible for defining international
Information Technology Services and Delivery
International Telecommunications Union (formerly CCITT)
A group of semantically related segments; these segments may be either
bounded or unbounded (X12.6). EXAMPLE: The N1 loop, which indicated
segments N1 to PER for name and address information.
An electronic data storage location within a network service which
is set aside for a specific user to hold messages.
A data element/segment requirement designator which indicates the
presence of a specified date element is required.
The maximum number of times that a segment can be used at the location
in a transaction set.
Utilizing a set a rules to convert data from one format to another.
Office of Budget and Management.
Ohio Department of Education.
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
A data element/segment requirement designator which indicates the
presence of a specified data element/segment is at the option of the
ending party. Its use may be based on the mutual agreement of the
Any medical-related organization that does business with the state
A data element which identifies or defines a related element, set
of elements or a segment. The qualifier contains a code taken from
a list of approved codes.
A segment that may be used more than once at a given location in
a transaction set.
Logically grouped data, usually an electronic representation of a
"line" on a printed business document. A data segment consists
of a segment identifier, one or more data elements, each preceded
by an element separator and ending with a segment terminator (X12.6).
X12.22 provides the purposes and formats of the segments used in
the construction of transaction sets. The directory lists each segment
by name, purpose, identifier, the contained data elements in the specified
order and the requirement designator for each data element.
A unique identifier for a segment composed of a combination of two
or three uppercase letters and digits. The segment identifier occupies
the first character positions of the segment. The segment identifier
is not a data element.
A unique character appearing at the end of a segment to indicate
the termination of the segment.
The grammar or rules which defines the structure of the EDI standards
(i.e. the use of loops, qualifier, etc.). Syntax rules are published
in ANSI X12.6.
U.N. Trade Data Element Dictionary.
A supplier, customer, subsidiary or any other organization with which
the State of Ohio does business.
Software package which converts the EDI document into a file which
the receiving computer system can understand.
A type of electronic business document defined in standard syntax
which consists of a transaction set header segment, one or more segments
in a specified order and a transaction set trailer segment.
Transaction Set ID
An identifier that uniquely defines the transaction set. This identifier
is the first data element of the transaction set header segment.
The act of accepting documents in other than X12 standard format
and translating them to the X12 standard format.
Value Added Network. A public data communications network offering
EDI-specific services such as standards-compliance checking.
Any company that provides supplies to the state of Ohio (such as
pencils, paper, computers, etc.)
International standard for packet switching.
International standard for the exchange of electronic mail messages
between diverse mail systems.
International standard for security, auditability and functionality
for EDI transactions, including the ability to integrate EDI and Electronic
International standard for Messaging and Directory Services Telecommunications.