ETIM License Information

ETIM License Information

The ETIM Classification Model (‘ETIM Technical Information Model”) is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (

The ETIM model is free to use for everyone. However, to protect the work done by our community, ETIM International (of which ETIM AUNZ is a member) would like to make sure that worldwide there is only one copy of the model being maintained by the rightful author and owner, which are the members of the ETIM community.

This prevents unwanted derivative models, deviations or dialects which will ultimately deflect our community from reaching its goal: a harmonised standard for a product classification model to ensure problem-free exchange of detailed technical product information.

What does this mean in simple language?

You are free:

  • To share: To copy, distribute and use the database.
  • To create: To produce works from the database.
  • To adapt: To modify, transform and build upon the database.

As long as you:

  • Attribute: You must attribute any public use of the database, or works produced from the database, in the manner specified in the license. For any use or redistribution of the database, or works produced from it, you must make clear to others the license of the database and keep intact any notices on the original database.

Language versions license information

The language versions are maintained and owned by the national organisations that are acting as ETIM International’s representative in the respective country. The individual national ETIM organisations (in Australia and New Zealand it is ETIM AUNZ) are therefore entitled to restrict access to their translation files to supporting members.

ETIM Dynamic release

Official international ETIM releases take place about every three years. To meet with the market’s wish for a more flexible standard, however, we also offer so called dynamic releases.

A dynamic or intermediate ETIM release contains all classes that are already published or have the status ‘ready to publish’ at the time of export, be it new or changed existing classes. To indicate the differences to the current official ETIM release we mark them with change codes.

Please note, that a dynamic release still contains the full official release, including those classes, features and values that are ‘tagged’ to be deleted in the next official release.

ETIM Dynamic release caters to the market’s growing need for a more flexible standard.