QualifierDatabase (Qdb)  helps standardize terminology within the industry and reduce the number of potentially confusing free-text expressions found in applications. The Qdb can replace free-form text notes with consistent terminology reducing redundant notes and inaccurate interpretation of unlimited free text formats. The Qdb streamlines communication making it easier to parse data into catalogs and increases the search-ability of data. Users can apply validation to Qdb data increasing reliability over free form text which can not be validated in scalable ways. Use of the Qdb generates more accurate, higher quality data.

Reasons for having “Coded Qualifiers”

Faster selection of the correct part at the counter. With standardized terminology and presentation of complex qualifiers, catalogs are easier to understand and utilize by both customers and sales associates. The can mean less training or experience required for staff to assist and guide customers.  

More sophisticated data management opportunities. Coded data enables simplified data mapping between different sources. Different sources may include OE data and VIO (vehicles in operation) data. Increased mapping accuracy promotes better product management decisions..

Centralized language translation. Utilization of coded qualifiers will facilitate a centralized translation effort.

Qualifiers not covered by a vehicle attribute will be contained in the Qdb. In general, only individual qualifiers are stored in the table. You can create compound expressions by joining multiple entries from this table. A placeholder (i.e. parameter) will replace variable data found in a qualifier. This mechanism greatly reduces the number of qualifiers stored in the table.

The Qdb is accessed through the Vehicle Information Portal (VIP). In VIP, users can query for specific values and download the complete current database. Data change requests are made through VIP.  The Qdb is available to VCdb subscribers only. For product information and pricing, please see our technology subscriptions page.


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