Data management, from the perspective of this standard, consists of the disciplined processes and systems that plan for, acquire, and provide stewardship for product and product-related business data, consistent with requirements, throughout the product and data life cycles. Thus, this standard primarily addresses product data and the business data required for collaboration from the team level or extended through the trading partner level during product acquisition and sustainment. It is recognized, however, that the principles described in this standard also have broader application to business data and operational data generally. It is also recognized that the data addressed by this standard is subject to data administration, metadata management, records management, and other processes applied at the enterprise level, and that these principles must be applied in that enterprise context.
This document is intended for use as one of the elements of project solicitation for complex systems requiring a systematic evaluation of safety hazards and mitigating measures. The Managing authority may identify, in the solicitation and system specification, specific system safety engineering requirements to be met by the Developer. These may include risk assessment and acceptance criteria, unique classifications and certifications, or mishap reduction needs unique to their program.
GEIA Handbook 859 provides implementation guidance for ANSI/EIA 859, with discussions of applications of the standard's principles, tools, examples, and case studies. Handbook 859 is organized according to the lifecycle of data management and covers activities from the pre-RFP stage through records disposition. It also provides annexes on topics which apply at multiple stages in the lifecycle, such as protection of data, continuous improvement and knowledge management.