Acronym for Electronic Data Interchange. A standard for exchanging bundles of data between two companies via telephone lines or the Internet. EDI transmits much larger bundles of data than can be transmitted via e-mail. For EDI to be effective, users must agree on certain standards for formatting and exchanging information, such as the X.400 protocol. See also CCITT X series, standard (definition 1).
(abbreviation for electronic dissemination of information or electronic data)
The transfer of structured information in electronic form between computer systems in different organizations. EDI is principally used for exchange of information relating to business transactions and for electronic transfer of funds.