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Subject: FW: Inter-Governmental Information Sharing Standards: Meeting March 8

EM-TC Members,  Please review the following info that appears to be another 
opportunity for CAP.  Elysa

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Mark Soley [mailto:soley@omg.org]
>Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 12:09 PM
>To: soley@omg.org
>Subject: Inter-Governmental Information Sharing Standards: Meeting March 8
>Subject: Inter-Governmental Information Sharing Standards
>As many of you know, the Information Technology and Crisis Management
>project chaired by President Martti Ahtisaari (http://www.itcm.org/), the
>Object Management Group which I chair (http://www.omg.org/) and the US
>Institute of Peace (http://www.usip.org/) have organized a series of events
>to study the use of IT in crisis management and response, and how
>information technology can better support the requirements of crisis
>management and response.  Over the last two years of meetings, we have been
>looking for a clear use of IT that made a difference in that world, and
>could be applied (through recognition and publication of standards and best
>practices) to other organizations.  Though crisis response was the initial
>destination of this journey, I believe that we have identified a much
>broader opportunity for IT standardization of best practice:
>inter-governmental information sharing.
>A month ago, I had the great pleasure to visit the Organisation for Security
>and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to see some of the work they have done to
>automate the management of the organization.  Their IRMA (ERP and Document
>Management systems) and IRMA Dashboard (easy command screen) are
>revolutionizing the management of OSCE.  Through follow-up discussions with
>OSCE and several other governmental and inter-governmental organizations
>(and vendors which support them), we have identified a series of prospective
>standards of best practices and interfaces that should be developed, based
>on OSCE's work and the work of many other IT vendor and user organizations.
>The OSCE Secretary General, Ambassador Jan Kubis has graciously offered to
>host an exploratory meeting on March 8, 2005 at their headquarters in
>Vienna, Austria. You are cordially invited to join us for this meeting.  The
>draft agenda is as follows:
>           1. Introduction of participants and their requirements & abilities
>           2. Overview of the opportunity (OSCE)
>           3. Overview of IT standardization, with details on the OMG
>standardization process and history (OMG)
>           4. Demonstration of OSCE's IRMA and IRMA Dashboard (OSCE)
>           5. General discussion of the opportunity, road-map and likely
>first standardization targets
>           6. Schedule for plans to begin standardization
>As an immediate follow-up, the OMG will plan a standardization meeting on
>this topic during its technical meeting week, April 11-15, 2005 in Athens,
>Greece.  Since the next meeting of the Crisis Response Executive Advisory
>Team (CREATE) is tentatively planned that same week (on Wednesday, April 13,
>colocated with the OMG meeting), this will be a perfect venue to begin
>specific standardization efforts in the arena of inter-governmental
>information sharing.
>I hope that you will strongly consider joining me, Ambassador Kubis and
>other interested governmental, non-governmental, inter-governmental and
>vendor players at this initial meeting in Vienna.  I request that you RSVP
>at your earliest convenience by filling out the registration page on the web
>at http://www.omg.org/registration/OSCE-2005.htm or by electronic mail or
>telephone to Kevin Loughry at +1-781-444 0404 or register@omg.org.
>Best regards,
>         -- Richard Soley

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