S1000D™ is an international specification for technical information. However, it can be applied to non-technical information. S1000D™, like standardized railroad tracks of the "golden spike" making possible easy rail commerce in the United States, is a foundation that must be adhered to and as such "you shall not modify, adapt or translate, in whole or in part, S1000D™ suite of information. You may however add business rules."**
Also, "S1000D™ suite of information means, but is not limited to:
- the technical publications specification S1000D™
- [extensible Markup Language] XML schemas and [XML] DTDs provided with S1000D™
- examples of use of S1000D™, software or any other information ... on ... website."**
"S1000D™ [is] Copyright Holders means AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and Ministries of Defence of the member countries of ASD."** Through the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) in the United States, the United States is a member country.
"From Issue 2, the scope has been extended to include land and sea specific applications [in addition to the roots of the specification for air specific applications]. The specification may now also be used for the support of any type of equipment including both military and civil products."**
**Note: All quoted material is taken from www.s1000d.org