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To prove something to be sound or logical. Also to certify conformance to an accepted standard. Contrast with verify.

For example, data entry validity checking determines whether the data make sense (numbers fall within a range, numeric data are all digits, etc.), but "validity" checking does not "verify" that the data are correct. Even if the check digit in a customer account number is determined to be a valid number, it may still be the wrong number for that individual. In practice however, the terms "validate" and "verify" are often used synonymously. See validity checking, check digit and HTML validator.

Errors Can Be Laughable
Validating data typed into the computer is not a complicated concept. However, with regard to proper names, if there is no existing database to compare to, validation is a time-consuming job. The only way to ensure correct spelling is to have two different operators type the same name twice or to have a person visually compare what has been typed by another.

Is That Really the Name?
Residents of Everittstown, New Jersey would surely get a chuckle if they were driving a car in their town with this GPS navigation system. Of course, if the error was ever reported, an updated DVD disc would solve the problem.
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Even supposedly simple targets for replacement, such as the Draize test for eye irritation, have proved difficult to model in vitro and progress through successful external validation despite major efforts by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternatives (ECVAM), industry trade associations, individual companies, and academia.
Most average measurement systems require the user to configure each and every meter and its validations individually, or subscribe the meter to a list for all its validations, which provides little flexibility in system maintenance.
The official validation certificate (#733) is now posted at the NIST FIPS 140-1 and 140-2 Cryptographic Modules Validation List http://csrc.
CSSC's successful history of providing regulatory compliance solutions to pharmaceutical firms combined with their Siebel Systems validation expertise are reasons why CSSC was selected to conduct these validations.
C4DQ), a provider of data quality management software and services, today announced the availability of data validation web services in its newest version of C4DQ Certify(R) software.
NASDAQ:MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced that its Comcerto Series 800 voice and data processor family has passed the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Suite defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
An internationally adopted standard (ISO 15408), Common Criteria certification offers the most rigorous and broadly accepted validation of security solutions available today.
The company has augmented its validation to give customers and partners complete confidence in the overall security of its product offering.
Integration of Tumbleweed Valicert Validation Authority and nCipher netHSM Speeds and Secures Key Validation and Management
NIST Validation of PGP Software Developers Kit (SDK) Enables PGP
This new offering, Computer Systems Validation Services (CSVS), helps pharmaceutical companies meet Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 203 (Prescription Drug Marketing) and Title 21 CFR Part 11 (Electronic Records; Electronic Signatures) regulatory guidelines(a) resulting in higher quality computer system implementations.
Ross Systems (NASDAQ: ROSS), a leading global provider of enterprise software solutions for manufacturers, has added two new partners to its Validation Partner Program.