Definitions for Interoperability
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(computer science) the ability to exchange and use information (usually in a large heterogeneous network made up of several local area networks)
The capability of a product or system to interact and function with others.
The capacity for a service, piece of equipment etc., to be operated by different forces or groups.
The ability of software systems that may be running under different operating systems and hardware to exchange information through compliance with technical [interoperability] specifications, which typically define how different file formats and messaging protocols can work together.
Origin: ; alternatively analyzed as .
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. The ability to operate in synergy in the execution of assigned tasks. 2. The condition achieved among communications-electronics systems or items of communications-electronics equipment when information or services can be exchanged directly and satisfactorily between them and/or their users. The degree of interoperability should be defined when referring to specific cases.
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