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Subject: EDXL Definition and Mission

My thoughts: 

What is EDXL?
*	Acronym for Emergency Data Exchange Language
*	An emerging set of National Incident Management System (NIMS)
compliant messaging data structures for use in emergency information
*	Sponsored by Industry - Emergency Interoperability Consortium
(EIC) and the ComCARE Alliance 
*	Facilitated by Government - Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) Disaster Management Program) 
*	Vetted and standardized by the Organization for Advancement of
Structured Information standards (OASIS) though its Emergency Management
Technical Committee (EM-TC)

What is EDXL Distribution?
*	"Distribution" is the first EDXL submission by the EIC/DHS
collaboration to OASIS.
*	Its mission is categorization, message routing, and
identification of information content within a geographic area of
*	It is not concerned with information content details. Content
will be the subject of future efforts of the EDXL development process.

EDXL Distribution Core Content
*	Message Identification
*	Reference Information
*	Message Content Identification
*	Message Categorization
*	Intended Recipient Identification
*	Geographic area of interest 

Gary A. Ham 
Senior Research Scientist
Battelle Memorial Institute
540-288-5611 (office)
703-869-6241 (cell)
"You would be surprised what you can accomplish when you do not care who
gets the credit." - Harry S. Truman

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