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Entity subsumes both material entities and information entities. Material entities have qualities, dispositions and functions. Information entities are the result of measuring material entities. Information entities may also be composed of other information entities. Much of DDI relates to information entities.

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Material entities include humans, machines, cells, behaviors and so forth. Information entities include assays, tables, documents and so forth. A business process might "work on" either a material entity or an information entity. For example, data harmonization works on information entities. For example, storing specimens in a biobank works on material entities. Note that xEntity is a extension point for material and information entities that are business function specific and not currently represented in DDI. For example, the description of a business function like Randomized Clinical Trials (RCT) may require the introduction of new entities. At the same time RCT might specialize existing DDI classes. An RCT business process might reference both the new business function specific entities and the RCT specialized DDI classes.
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