A common issue in integration is the issue of the format of your data. This problem arises often in health-care and government. Imagine a system in which every hospital and government works with tenders to attract parties to take care of data flow. Every party uses a different format to get their data across. For instance, one party denotes a birth date as ‘ddmmyyyy’ (European), another party denotes that same birth date as ‘yyyymmdd’ (American). As you will see later on the used format is not mentioned anywhere. There are no dashes or other separators to give clues about the format.
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