S1000D is an international specification that determines the rules and methods for the production and management of technical publications in which information is kept in a Common Source Database in the form of data modules.

The concept of S1000D specification was originated in the aerospace field within AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) in early 1980s. 

The specification was initially developed by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). The specification has been jointly produced by ASD, the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA), and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) together with their customers. These form The S1000D Council and the S1000D Steering Committee to establish standards for documentation agreed by the participating parties.

First revision of the specification was developed for technical documentation requirements of air platforms. Along with the release of second revision, scope of the specification has been expanded to include land and sea platforms. The specification can be used to support all types of equipment, both civilian and military products.

Purpose of The Specification

This specification is predicated on the concept of “write once, use many”, using data modules which can be reused and/or repurposed in one or many ways. Structural integrity and consistency is supported by 30 XML Schemas for different types of information.

S1000D covers the planning and management, production, exchange, distribution and use of technical documentation that support the life cycle of any civil or military project.