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Subject: RE: [emergency] FW: Inter-Governmental Information SharingStandards: Meeting March 8

Tom -

No one has suggested that you not do your job.  Many of us have 
activities and responsibilities that are related to, but aren't 
themselves, the work of this Technical Committee.  And I hope you'd 
agree that we all share the noble goals you espouse.

My concern is that our TC agreed to undertake a specific project as 
quickly as possible, and that we could be delayed, seemingly 
indefinitely, if we allow this other project, worthwhile as it may 
be, to creep onto our critical path.  (And, by the same token, that 
we ought not insert ourselves into other groups' ongoing programs if 
it isn't absolutely necessary.)

I think we all applaud the work you're doing as part of CapWin et al. 
I'm sure we look forward to seeing the product.  Meanwhile, though, 
I'm suggesting the TC try to find ways to keep its own work moving 
ahead.  Don't you agree?

- Art

At 9:46 AM -0500 2/20/05, Tom Merkle wrote:
>The only way (from my limited point of view) to leverage the other
>standards is to compare them against each other. This will enable us to
>identify areas of conflict and any gaps between the standards. I'm not
>suggesting we make any determination of which definition is correct but
>rather raising the flag of an issue between two or more standards for a
>particular term. While the comparison work may be outside the realm of
>scope for the EM TC, it is certainly within my responsibility as a
>member of NIJ CommTech and CapWIN to ensure the various disciplines can
>have data interoperability based on accepted standards.
>My findings will be shared with all interested parties so a dialogue may
>begin to harmonize (if possible) any uncovered issues. As of this moment
>no one has a good view of standards overlap or gaps. I'm sure there are
>political and turf boundaries that WILL be crossed. My focus is for the
>ultimate end user (first responder) and the well being of the public
>that they serve.
>Tom Merkle
>CapWIN:        www.capwin.org
>Phone:        (301) 614-3720
>Cell Phone:   (240) 375-1966
>Fax:          (301) 614-0581
>e-mail:        tmerkle@capwin.org
>6305 Ivy Lane Suite 300
>Capital Office Park
>Greenbelt, MD 20770
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Art Botterell [mailto:acb@incident.com]
>Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 2:26 PM
>To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
>Subject: Re: [emergency] FW: Inter-Governmental Information Sharing
>Standards: Meeting March 8
>Friends -
>In support of comments by Rex and Len... I wonder if we're in danger of
>letting ourselves get bogged down in other folks' turf battles and grand
>schemes to the detriment of the specific job we've taken on.
>Per Len, I'm not sure that a degree of diversity is necessarily a bad
>thing, considering the relatively early stage such standards efforts are
>really at, and that we have a mechanism (namespaces) for preventing
>confusion until the user base / marketplace sorts things out.
>And per Rex, I'm not sure that either determining the One True
>Vocabulary or harmonizing multiple standards efforts is really within
>this TC's scope.  Ultimately, only the practitioners can resolve the
>long-standing questions of interdisciplinary nomenclature.
>Personally, I'd be inclined to leave those questions to policy-level
>groups like the EIC and, of course, to the responsible agencies
>themselves (e.g., the NIMS Integration team).
>In particular, I'm not sure a full-scale comparison of CAP, EDXL and
>GJXDM (and IEEE 1512?) is really our job.  We've agreed to address a
>specific set of requirements, which include a fairly specific example
>vocabulary.  In the interests of making tangible progress, might we be
>wiser to limit ourselves to searching other standards for existing
>equivalents to the particular items in the EDXL Routing Block
>requirements as provided by FEMA and EIC?
>All these larger issues do need attention, at the appropriate time and
>in the appropriate venues... but I'm suggesting that this TC may get
>more done by "sticking to our knitting" than by letting ourselves be
>embroiled into other people's issues.
>- Art
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