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Subject: Re: [emergency] Fwd: FYI: National Weather Service policy supportsXML

Some additional details on this are presented in the Cover Pages news 

"New National Weather Service Policy Supports Open Internet-Based 

Best wishes,

Robin Cover
XML Cover Pages


On Tue, 21 Dec 2004, Elysa Jones wrote:

> >Please see the following from Tom Merkle.  Interesting to see how XML is 
> >being used for NWS data.  Elysa
> >
> ><http://searchwebservices.techtarget.com/tip/1,289483,sid26_gci1034426,00.html?track=NL-132&ad=499375>http://searchwebservices.techtarget.com/tip/1,289483,sid26_gci1034426,00.html?track=NL-132&ad=499375
> >National Weather Service policy supports XML
> >Ed Tittel
> >15 Dec 2004
> >Rating: -4.50- (out of 5)
> >[]
> >
> >
> >You know that XML really is taking over the mundane, everyday world when 
> >it turns out that the National Weather Service starts distributing weather 
> >and climate information, forecasts, and even alerts and warnings using XML 
> >for public delivery. As a consequence of publishing its final version of a 
> >document entitled "Policy on Partnerships in the Provision of 
> >Environmental Information" on December 1, 2004 the National Weather 
> >Service (an arm of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
> >administration) and conforming to the US Government's OMB Circular A-130 
> >"Management of Federal Information Resources," all future such information 
> >will use XML markup as part for its delivery format.
> >
> >In the past, the NOAA had used poorly-documented and poorly-understood 
> >"community-unique data formats" to distribute such information. This made 
> >it difficult for those not already familiar with or well-versed in these 
> >formats to build code to process them and use the data in meaningful ways. 
> >The switch to XML will make it much easier for just about anybody to grab 
> >and use NOAA weather data, be it for running text bars at the bottom of a 
> >TV screen or for text-to-speech translation for radio broadcasts.
> >
> >The National Weather Service now offers forecast data that conforms to the 
> >National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Extensible Markup Language, 
> >itself based on XML. This markup permits other computers to access 
> >XML-based forecast data directly from the Internet, using SOAP (itself 
> >another XML application) to transport the data.
> >
> >The NDFD markup language is formally called the Digital Weather Markup 
> >Language (DWML) and is defined in a formal XML Schema. The 
> ><http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/XML/Design/MDL_XML_Design.doc>specification 
> >includes a copy of that schema, along with a detailed description of 
> >DWML's syntax and semantics. For those seeking ways to integrate weather 
> >forecasts into applications and systems, here's a new, standards-based 
> >ticket to success.
> >
> >----------
> >Ed Tittel is a regular contributor to numerous TechTarget.com Web sites, 
> >and real markup junkie with a taste for interesting XML applications. He's 
> >also written several books on XML.
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Tom Merkle
> >
> >CapWIN:        <http://www.capwin.org/>www.capwin.org
> >Phone:          (301) 614-3720
> >Cell Phone:   (240) 375-1966
> >Fax:               (301) 614-0581
> >e-mail:           <mailto:tmerkle@capwin.org>tmerkle@capwin.org
> >
> >CapWIN
> >6305 Ivy Lane Suite 300
> >Capital Office Park
> >Greenbelt, MD 20770
> >
> >


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