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Subject: Re: UNSPSC - whose in charge anyway?
Message text written by INTERNET:email@example.com > David, In North America we now use NAIC industrial classification codes, replacing the previous SIC codes. See http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html The new codes were adopted as part of the NAFTA treaty. Frank Olken <<<<<<<<<<<<<< Yep - and that's the whole point - the US Gov only has NAICS codes for industries it wants to track - so its not an all inclusive list - which UN/SPSC codes are looking to be - a neutral list - but at teh top level they only have 99 slots - so industries are lumped together - like software engineering, into general engineering - so you end up with unnatural marriages - becuase the 99 sub-classifications codes are then not software engineering, and so on. UN/SPSC is clearly better than NAICS - but it still is not perfect - we need something better. D&B is OK in N.Am, but not in Europe, and not for all industries, etc. Anyway - Bill K. was not looking for work - and neither am I - but the fact remains this is a key area and that we do need a better coordinated solution. Guess I'm just going to have to wait until the concensus 'discovers' the need for this one too. You heard it here first. I was particularly hoping to hear from people who are actually using UN/SPSC codes right now - and how well they are stacking up for their industry? DW.
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