BSA Office Products Industry Data Standards (OPIDS) Initiative and New eContent Management Initiatives
In December 2005, NOPA and OPWA (predecessor organization for the Business Solutions Association – BSA) jointly launched the OPIDS initiative. The project’s initial objective was to develop consistent industry product data identification standards that the independent channel could implement for the 2007 general office product catalogs. Specifically, the focus has been on standardizing and maintaining standards on:
An OPIDS committee was formed in early 2006. NOPA and BSA serve as facilitators of the process. In August 2011, BSA – with participation from NOPA, Trade Service, and a cross-section of industry dealer buying groups, business system software providers and manufacturers in key product categories – formed a new eContent Management Task Group to extend the original OPIDS standardization work to include "rich” e-content items.
NOPA’s Board of Governors formed an OPIDS/eContent Management Standards Task Group in September 2011 to provide ongoing input to this initiative as it develops.
BSA/NOPA eContent Management Task Group has defined initial general objectives to include:
To date, working subgroups have been organized to address opportunities for:
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Manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers are welcome to participate in the OPIDS process directly or by submitting questions and comments to NOPA or BSA. Periodically, senior management of the organizations conduct conference calls to discuss the status and progress of the OPIDS process.
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