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Subject: Re: [emergency] The Modularization of CAP?

Thanks Art,

That's very helpful. And thanks, Allen, for asking.


At 8:59 AM -0700 6/15/04, Art Botterell wrote:
>At 9:03 AM -0400 6/15/04, R. Allen Wyke wrote:
>>Can you elaborate just a touch more on this though? I have a mental 
>>picture/definition of what a coordination language and/or profile 
>>is, but I want to make sure we are using those terms in the same 
>I'd say I was using "language" to mean "a collection of semantic and 
>syntactic rules for communication in some topical domain," (the 
>domain in this case being "emergency coordination")... and "profile" 
>to mean "a specified subset of a language used for a particular 
>purpose," (e.g., alerting.)
>Looking at this in terms of ICS, CAP was primarily designed to 
>support one aspect of the Public Information function; even in that 
>narrow domain there are other functions such as processing inquiries 
>from the media/public that CAP doesn't address.
>If we look at the Operations branch we find other communication acts 
>like giving orders, acknowledging orders, reporting status and 
>"throwing exceptions" (reporting exceptional conditions that are 
>preventing or impeding the execution of orders.  In Logistics we 
>have activities like assigning resources, reporting resource status, 
>forecasting resource status and availability, enforcing 
>maintenance/crew-rest rules and so on.  In Plans we have the 
>description of the current situation, the forecast of future 
>situation (sometimes in multiple scenarios), the forecast of 
>resource requirements and the recommendation of strategies (and I'm 
>oversimplifying here.)  And in Finance we have personnel 
>timekeeping, expense tracking and so on.
>So the language would (ultimately) have semantics and syntax 
>addressing these and other communication acts within emergency 
>management.  CAP would be one specified subset of the language for 
>the particular functions of alerting.
>- Art
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