Since 2007 The DataGroup Stiftung has undertaken the
harmonisation and convergence of the database specifications and
definitions of the various database providers.
This was to allow users a uniform and standardised reference to use
with their commercial and corporate planning and forecasting; and to
allow users cross-database functionality.
The data sets, modules and standards shown on this
site are now fully harmonised and standardised to allow data and
software interflow and cross-platform usage of the databases.
Users may obtain older data dictionaries and standards, and/or data
sets and data dictionaries for their own national standards.
The standard product and market definitions have been
harmonised and are provided (in the standard database products
supplied) as the NAICS classifications. Users wishing to remain with
the previous SIC classifications may obtain these databases under
that classification system. Users requiring other (European,
Japanese, et cetera) classification definitions and norms may obtain
those as necessary. Accounting standards are also harmonised
according to the U.S. regulatory norms; however other norms are
Data dictionary and data definition bridges and
converters are available to allow users to update or standardise
their databases. The DataGroup Stiftung has undertaken
to maintain support for the older data dictionary standards and
definitions until 2016, however users are urged to update at their