Work Item
ASTM WK87215

New Terminology for FMC's MTDI Lexicon

1. Scope

Review of the 200 terms in the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Maritime Transportation Data Initiative (MTDI) Recommendations and Views Report Appendix 1.7 MTDI Lexicon that was released in April 2023; comparison and differentiation with other WTO-aligned supply chain and maritime glossaries; and, restatement of the definitions following ASTM Style Guide form.

In order to make this a manageable task, it is proposed to:
(1) identify a subset of qualifying glossaries to cross-reference and link the 200 terms listed on FMC’s MTDI Lexicon, and
(2) focus first on terms that are relevant for 'container availability'.

Qualifying glossaries for comparison will be selected from relevant private sector and intergovernmental standards developing organizations that comply with the WTO’s six principles for international standards development.


MTDI Lexicon


Reconcile variances with selected WTO aligned SDO terminology systems so supply chain stakeholders can better understand and communicate with each other, enabling actionable information, avoiding problems, enhancing visibility, and improving efficiency.

The goal is to develop a data-driven, tech-enabled, user-friendly, visually-stimulating, pattern-revealing learning language model from the sourced glossaries to identify ‘data language barriers,’ and enable evergreen interoperability of terminology.

The terminology standards will be expanded with new work items to cover additional terms that are relevant to other F49 standards work.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F49.01

Committee: F49

Staff Manager: Jennifer Tursi

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 07-19-2023

Technical Contact: Michael Darden

Item: 000