The only offical S1000D glossary is maintained by the S1000D Committee and can be found at the S1000D Website (download the appropriate specification). This glossary is maintained by Crowell Solutions and contains our own unofficial definitions.
Content Reuse – The ability to use the same piece of information in multiple locations. Reusing content reduces costs by maintaining a smaller data set and reducing errors by eliminating multiple versions of the same piece of information. XML-based environments are particularly adept at achieving content reuse as mechanisms to link and reference into data exist and are easy to implement.
Data Module – As stated in the S1000D Specification, a Data Module is “A self-contained unit of data for the description, operation,identification of parts or maintenance of the Product and its support equipment. The unit of data consists of an identification and status section and contents section and is produced in such a form that it can be input into and retrieved from, a database using the data module code as the identifier.
Data Module Code – the S1000D specification defines a Data Module Code (DMC) as “A 17 to 37 character alphanumeric code identifying the type and the applicability of the data in a data module and enabling it to be input into, and retrieved from, a database.
While DMCs share a number of concepts similar to other numbering schemes (military, civil aviation), they incorporate additional features used to support modular (chunks) documentation.
The following graphic breaks down a data module code for the infamous Sopwith Camel F1:
Note: This is an example. Your data module codes may look different.
IETM – Interactive Electronic Technical Manual. An ETM is an electronic technical manual such as a pdf while an IETM is more like a web page that allows for non-linear content. It is sometimes pronounced “I eat ’em.”
Publication Module – The S1000D Specification defines Publication Modules as containing”references to data modules, other publication modules or legacy data) of a publication and its structure.
Single Source Publishing – Publishing to multiple formats from a single data set. This is a powerful advantage of an XML-based system as formatting rules are separated from content and are applied when it is time to publish. As such, from the same data set, content can be formatted for print, the web, handheld browsers, etc.