Smart Building Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work, published by the RIBA in 2024, states: ‘Data structure is a data organisation, management, and storage format for data that enables efficient access and modification. More precisely, a data structure is a collection of data values, the relationships among them, and the functions or operations that can be applied to the data. There are a number of emerging data structures in the built environment, such as COBie or brick, which all provide value in different ways. Data may be collected in one structure and transformed into another at different stages of the smart building life cycle.’
See also: Structured data.