The QIF Standard is best thought of as a container. It holds a group of data together, providing unique identifiers for each feature and characteristic. This makes moving the data from team to team within an organization and into the supply chain much easier, as all the relevant data is present in one location, and the characteristics can be properly identified and communicated between people and machines by using the QPId (QIF Persistent Identifier) numbers to remove ambiguity. This allows a clean workflow of information downstream, while connecting all components of the digital thread. The enterprise gains trace-ability and transparency into their own workflow through versioning with QPId's.
QIF Persistent Identifier (QPId)
- Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) [adopted by Microsoft as GUID]
- ISO/IEC 9834-8
- example... 550e8400-e29b-41d4-a716-446655440000