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    Does GEIA-STD-0007 state that a database is required in order to be incompliance with the standard? If not, what references require the use of a Logistics Product Database and would you need to cite the use of a database along with citing the GEIA-STD-0007 in the CDRL or contract?


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    No, the contractual citation of the SAE GEIA-STD-0007 does not require the use of a SAE GEIA-STD-0007 database for storage of the data. The SAE GEIA-STD-0007 standard is a data Exchange standard.

    There is no standard or guidance (other than an individual contract's specific language) that requires/mandates the storage of Logistics Product Data (LPD) in a specified compliant database.

    To better understand the use and implementation of SAE GEIA-STD-0007, please consult the SAE GEIA-HB-0007, Handbook for Logistics Product Data.

    I would also recommend reviewing MIL-HDBK-502A Product Support Analysis

    See additional Comments below.

    The SAE GEIA-STD-0007 standard is a data Exchange standard.  It defines the data and formats as the LPD is exchanged, not how it is stored.  The data can be stored in any structured database, even in older database formats such as MIL-STD-1388-2.  However, the CDRL and associated DIDs (DI-SESS-81758, DI-SESS-81759) require that the data conform to the SAE GEIA-STD-0007 for DELIVERY/Exchange purposes.  If the government requires the delivery of a Logistics Product Database, that delivery must be compliant with the SAE 0007 Standard's definitions and formats.  How the contractor or gov stores that data during development or after delivery is not mandated by the standard. But could be specified in a contract if so desired by the requiring authority.  The advantage of using SAE 0007 compliant databases on both sides of the exchange, is that translators (which could introduce errors) are not needed to convert the data to/from the SAE 0007 format.    
     

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