Glossary Term Definition: 

The capability to communicate, execute programs, or transfer data among various functional units in a manner that requires the user to have little or no knowledge of the unique characteristics of those units. Often, interopability is facilitated by structuring data in such a way that it is consistently machine-processable without user interpretation or input.

For more information on interoperability as a goal of USGIN, see the USGIN Objectives page.

Glossary Term Source: 

ISO/IEC 2382-01 (SC36 Secretariat, 2003)