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In the field of technology and systems, interoperability is the capacity for diverse systems or products to interact and share information without hindrance. This includes several types such as syntactic interoperability, responsible for common data formats and protocols, and semantic interoperability, which enables meaningful interpretation of data. Cross-domain interoperability supports data transmission across multiple entities. Standards for interoperability assist in developing products that can collaborate seamlessly. Post facto interoperability holds importance in competitive environments where leading products establish market standards. Obstacles such as data hindrance and absence of open standards exist, however, solutions can be found in enhancing infrastructure interoperability and advocating for open standards. Specialized interoperability, like that found in NATO forces or eGovernment services, is vital for successful cooperation and efficient service provision.

Interoperability (Wikipedia)

Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system to work with other products or systems. While the term was initially defined for information technology or systems engineering services to allow for information exchange, a broader definition takes into account social, political, and organizational factors that impact system-to-system performance.

An example of software interoperability: a mobile device and a TV device both playing the same digital music file that is stored on a server off-screen in the home network

Types of interoperability include syntactic interoperability, where two systems can communicate with each other, and cross-domain interoperability, where multiple organizations work together and exchange information.

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