3.2 General Rules for naming a business data term or group

The following general writing rules apply for naming a business data term and a business data term group.

R3. The name must be in British English.

R4. Only the first word in the name must start with a capital letter except for proper nouns.

R5. The name must be business oriented and non-technical.

R6. The business data term and group name must be kept as shorter as possible.

R7. The name may not contain abbreviations or acronyms except for those business data terms and business data term groups described in sections 3.3.1 and 3.3.2.

R8. The name must be designed in a way that it is clear for what piece of information (data) it is to be used.

R9. The name may not be designed in a way that allows it to be used for multiple purposes.

R10. The name must be as generic as possible (makes it useful in different context), but without losing meaning and without violating R9.

R11. The name must not contain references to other business data terms, code lists, standards (e.g. ISO). Such references should be listed in another field such as a comment included in the semantic description of a business document.

R12. The name must be syntax independent (e.g. no references to EANCOMĀ® or GS1 XML may be included).

R13. When referencing another business data term, the SDD-ID + name must be written as a quotation.

Sample of good naming

Entity identification

Document status code

Global trade item number, GTIN

Allowance monetary amount

European Union unique identifier type code


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