To create the iRING Reference Data Library, builders needed to have the right content, infrastructure and tools.
The content was created originally by many companies, starting around 1992. At some point it was divided up into Reference Data Libraries called STEPlib (of USPI) and PClib (of POSC Caesar Association). In 2005-2006 these libraries were merged again into the present content. About 10,000 classes of equipment items are now ISO certified. That set is called the core library. In the near future the content will be expanded by the POSC Caesar IDS (Intelligent Data Sets) project, with new classes and with Object Information Models.
The infrastructure was created by the POSC Caesar Association RDS (Reference Data System) project. It consists of Express-native and SQL Server databases which can be opened through multiple web-enabled screens. Some screens are targeted for engineers and some for modelers, and it is in operation for 24/7 access.
The tools were created by the POSC Caesar RDS project and the FIATECH ADI (Accelerating Deployment of ISO15026) project. More tools are under development.
The net result has been an exponential growth in ISO15926 usage across industries globally, increasing recognition of the dependence on reference data and ever growing demands on the PCA RDS services. In addition, there has been evolving definition of those service requirements as a result of the learning and experience of these wider ISO15926 implementations.
In 2009 PCA and FIATECH individually and then jointly committed to enhancing the RDS operational services available to industry. The joint commitment became the JORD (Joint Operational Reference Data) project, first publicly announced in February 2010.