Unified Code for Units of Measure

The Unified Code for Units of Measure (http://unitsofmeasure.org) is a freely available international standard that facilitates unambiguous electronic communication of quantitative measurements together with their units. We need standard codes for units in order to support automated communication, seamless conversion, and intelligent processing of quantitative measurements. UCUM provides that standard syntax for expressing units that can be understood and processed effectively by computers.

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