In practical terms, a common digital language is achieved by establishing and implementing a specific common information structure – a data model. In construction, this data model is called “data template”.
In simple terms, the data model provides the definition and format of data. According to West and Fowler (1999) “if this is done consistently across systems then compatibility of data can be achieved. If the same data structures are used to store and access data, then different applications can share data.”
This is the main purpose with the data template structure developed by the standardisation bodies CEN and ISO. Data templates ensure that all information about construction products, materials, systems, and spaces can be shared in a way that is both human-understandable and fully machine-readable. Data templates enable free flow of high-quality, reliable data that can serve the information needs of all the different actors within the global construction sector, while ensuring that nothing can be misinterpreted or lost during a digital information exchange.
The data templates are an integral part of all Cobuilder’s solutions to ensure that your data is of the highest quality no matter the system or tool it is used in.