The ISO 15926, “Industrial automation systems and integration — Integration of life-cycle data for process plants, including oil and gas production facilities,” is a standard for data integration, sharing, exchange, and hand-over between computer systems. ISO 15926 is an international standard issued by the International Standards Organization.
ISO 15926 incorporates principles and concepts that have been defined by the W3C (world-wide web consortium) and are known as the “Semantic Web”, “Linked Data”, or “Web 3.0.”
Most importantly, ISO 15926 is about the standardization of information representation. It is specifically focused on the semantic precision of information representation, ambiguity reduction, and information relationships.
The ISO 15926 standard is complicated and has 11 parts.
Most people don’t need to read it, either. What you need to understand is that it defines a new language that everyone can use to have a conversation and exchange information. At the highest level:
- ISO 15926 is a communication standard.
- ISO 15926 uses a grammar and vocabulary that eliminates ambiguity.
- ISO 15926 is 100% generic, which makes it adaptable to any industry domain.
- ISO 15926 is about machines talking to other machines at a semantic level.
Reference Data is the Cornerstone to Interoperability
A key feature of iRING is that information definitions are handled as shared Reference Data; reference data that is itself accessed and managed independently of your business information and its implementations, and indeed independently of the many possible standards and catalogues that may define that information.
iRING Reference Data Services (RDS) supports interoperability and sharing of information definitions between different information standards as well as between different businesses, application and technologies.
A key feature of the iRING RDS architecture is that it supports multiple federated reference data systems and service providers. And, being entirely technology neutral, it can also exploit the latest standard “semantic web” technologies without imposing any dependency; other than the capability to use internet protocols to access a reference data library.
The industry is collaborating through the Joint Operational Reference Data (JORD) project to implement a comprehensive set of Reference Data Services. Through these services Reference Data Libraries are accessible online and can be extended by industry participants.