The Necessity and Appropriate Procedures of S1000D Data Conversion

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It is often a daunting experience to convert older data into S1000D standard XML or extensible mark-up language specifications. On the other hand, converting the older data for XML purposes is often essential for various requirements such as for the preparation and management as well as for the maintenance of equipment. The S1000D specification is developed by ASD or the aerospace and defence industries association of Europe which can be used aerospace and defence as well as associated stakeholders such as Sonovision s1000d authoring to assist personnel use it across sea and land as well as commercial equipment particularly for ILS or integrated logistic support. However, effective and successful data conversion is not considered as a project of one-time transaction. On the other hand, data migration especially using the S1000D standard of specifications is regarded as the beginning of the process of a new workflow. 

There are multiple content minutiae involved in the process of data conversion such as special characters, table structure, text hierarchy etc. Similarly, converting to S1000D specification also requires illustration control number, assignment of data module code, familiarity with the users on departing from linear data etc. Often, the companies haste for data conversion without an appropriate understanding of analysis and planning and face the consequences later. The companies who are determined for the S1000D application should never haste for the conversion, rather follow appropriate steps such as articulating future process goals and performing independent analysis.

The ATA or air transport association standard data analysis comprises content re-use analysis which shows the place where duplicate data is used and where reuse is possible, and S1000D conversion plan which shows how the DCL views mapping of the source content to that of S1000D. In addition to this, the ATA standard data analysis also comprises cost analysis which shows the costs of converting to S1000D.

As part of the migration plan, the companies should create conversion specification in order to document and govern various rules of the process of conversion and use it as a quality assurance document in the long run. The S1000D conversion specification usually creates business rules based on the project which comprise various elements which are found in the documents after the analysis, various examples which shows where in the document the elements can be found, rules of identification of elements, examples of tagging, and items that are open and unresolved items which require additional details.