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Subject: RE: [emergency] National Incident Management System Integration Center - Announcement


National Incident Management System Integration Center - Announcement 



-----Original Message-----
From: Art Botterell [mailto:acb@incident.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2004 7:29 PM
To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [emergency] Fwd: [CAP] PPW Launching CAP Users' Group

>To: cap-list@incident.com
>From: Art Botterell <acb@incident.com>
>Subject: [CAP] PPW Launching CAP Users' Group
>Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 16:26:19 -0700
>Friends -
>Now that we have an initial standard, there seems to be interest in 
>having an open "users group" forum where folks doing actual 
>implementations in the warning and notification area can discuss the 
>nuts-and-bolts of applying interoperability standards.  The 
>Partnership for Public Warning has taken the initiative to launch a 
>"Uniform Standards for Alerting Working Group" (USA-WG) to support 
>these efforts.
>We'll be launching this effort with a conference call on Wednesday, 
>June 16 at 1:30 PM Eastern time.  (See RSVP info below.)  We'll also 
>be establishing a new email list... the registration page is 
><http://www.incident.com/mailman/listinfo/usa-wg>.  (I'll admit that 
>the idea of rolling over to a new list has a bit to do with the 
>volume of spam I have to filter out of this one.)
>The agenda will be for the users to set, but in the near term I'd 
>expect we'll be discussing three general kinds of issues:
>   1) Infrastructure issues that affect a range of message types, 
>including but not
>   limited to CAP;
>   2) Application-specific profiles for using CAP in specific 
>circumstances (e.g., for
>   EAS); and,
>   3) Potential refinements and/or extensions to the CAP spec itself 
>that can be
>   forwarded to the OASIS standards technical committee.
>The focus of the USA-WG will be on real-world experience and actual 
>applications.  I hope everyone actively involved in CAP-based 
>development, whether a member of PPW or any other formal 
>organization or not, will take part.
>- Art
>The formal announcement from PPW appears below:
>Partnership for Public Warning
>June 7, 2004
>FROM:	KEN ALLEN, Executive Director
>SUBJECT:	CAP and Beyond -- Standards for Public Warning
>The purpose of this memorandum is to invite you to participate in a 
>new and important initiative to develop and promote standards for 
>public alerting and warning.
>With the recent adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol, a major 
>step was taken towards more effective public warning systems. 
>However, more remains to be done.  First and foremost, it is 
>important that CAP be promoted to the user community and its use 
>encouraged.  Second, there will be technical and operational issues 
>that will arise from the implementation of CAP that must be 
>addressed.  Third, it is important to ensure that CAP is deployed in 
>ways that are compatible with related standards activities such as 
>the Consumer Electronics Association's "Public Alert" technical 
>specification.  Fourth, attention must be paid to refining CAP and 
>addressing other high priority issues that may require standards, 
>such as common terminology.  These issues can and should be 
>addressed through a collaborative process of stakeholders.
>The Partnership for Public Warning's "Uniform Standards for Alerting 
>(USA) Working Group" will support the implementation of 
>standards-based warning architectures by providing an open and 
>neutral forum in which industry, government and academe can discuss 
>and develop solutions to any barriers to real-world use of alerting 
>The goal of the USAWG is to promote and facilitate deployment of 
>standards-based warning systems through an open process of 
>discussion and collaboration.
>Specific activities of the USAWG are expected to include creation 
>and maintenance of email discussion groups and archives, virtual and 
>in-person meetings, and sharing of information and experiences with 
>interested parties.  Other activities such as publications, 
>interoperability trial events, educational activities, etc., will be 
>undertaken as resources become available.
>Participation in the USAWG is open to all interested parties, 
>whether or not they are members of the Partnership for Public 
>Warning.  Feel free to share this invitation with other interested 
>persons and organizations.  Art Botterell, the initiator of the CAP 
>development effort, has agreed to serve as the initial chair of this 
>The first conference call of the USAWG has been scheduled for 1:30 
>PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2004.  I urge you to participate in this 
>call to help us craft the agenda and work plan for this important 
>Please let me know (kballen@ppw.us or (703) 883-7620) if you will be 
>joining us and so we can provide you with the phone number for the 
>conference calls.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this 
>CAP-list mailing list
>This list is not for announcements, advertising or advocacy of any 
>particular program or product other than the CAP itself.

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