The IEC 61915 series is intended to improve interoperability of devices, network tools and application software. This part of IEC 61915 defines a framework for common representation of networked industrial devices and provides a template for documenting such a representation, independent of the network used. This framework follows the principles given in IEC/TR 62390, the Common automation device - Profile guideline, and refers to ISO 15745, Industrial automation systems and integration - Open systems application integration framework. This first edition cancels and replaces the IEC/TS 61915 technical specification published in 2003. It now has the status of an International Standard.