It is generally observed in inter-organizational communication that present-day data exchange standards are too costly, large, slow to respond to industry demands, and complex to develop and use. These problems in data exchange are felt keenly by the manufacturing industry and its vast supply chains. In addressing these challenges, a successful attempt was recently made that involves two major developments. The first is the Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS), which is an ISO-approved meta-model for data exchange standards. CCTS introduces common data types, uniform structure for data models, and data usage semantics. The second is Score, which is a novel open-source software tool. Score was developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers as a platform to take advantage of the CCTS for data exchange standards development and usage. This paper describes the potential of the CCTS and the Score platform, and describes the current status of the Score platform and Score-enabled industry interactions.

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