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In telecommunication, the term interoperability has the following meanings:

1. The ability of systems, units, or forces to provide services to and accept[?] services from other systems, units or forces and to use the services so exchanged to enable them to operate effectively together.

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.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188 and from the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

In the UK there is a egovernment-based interoperability initative called e-gif.

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