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The use of S1000D has multiple benefits that fit into four principal areas; realization of these depends on several factors, implementation strategy, infrastructure etc. The common list of benefits are as follows:

Data benefits

  • Interoperability at data level, through use of schemas etc.
  • Meta Data, consistently applied across the suite of information
  • Data Dictionary, standardisation of naming conventions
  • Non-proprietary, based on open standards
  • Ease of data exchange, smaller, sgml/xml based files structures
  • Can be linked with source data e.g. LSAR, can be used to enhance integrated data environment
  • Permits the addition of extra documentation features such as Link mechanisms etc., enabling better end user experience
  • International standard, ISO 8879
  • Delimits objects of information, rather than the traditional paper bound constraints; enables more focused data
  • The AECMA S1000D data module concept can be and has been applied to legacy data, enables single concept to be applied across new and legacy sources

Authoring Benefits

  • Re-use of data I.e. it is modular, allows re-use up to 40%
  • Reduction in update costs, due to use of data module concept of up to 30%
  • Defined Document Structures, allow authoring structure to be defined within programs
  • Module Uniqueness (Task /Description), allows task orientated definition
  • Toolkit, standard toolkits available
  • Implementation Guidance, to ease set up etc.
  • Compliant Authoring tools available, multiple vendor support

Training Benefits

  • Single User Interface, eases end user acceptance
  • Single Document Construct, eases standardisation
  • Single Method of Production, eases synergy within and across organisations

Lifecycle Cost Benefits

  • Reduced creation costs, due to data re-use
  • Lower document distribution costs, multiple methods of delivery available
  • Lower footprint costs, e.g. warehousing, multiple methods of delivery available
  • Wider access and more efficient retrieval of the documentation by the end user, multiple methods of delivery available
  • Easy filtering of information e.g. Search and retrieval by applicability, through use of metadata and content in searching
  • Increased operational readiness through reduced MTTR, through more focused maintenance
  • Increase in data integrity and the generation of better quality documents, through data integration and data module concept