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Subject: Re: [emergency] Fwd: Messaging Standards Meeting Report

Dear Art,

Agreed.  In no way has our TC changed our standardization process and I thought I made that clear in the meeting.  We have just agreed to accept a set of requirements from an outside source, i.e., the DM program via the EIC.  This is not the only work of the TC but one agreed to task. 

Also agreed, the DM nor the EIC created CAP.  CAP was generated in response to a need to standardize a method for issuing alert and warning information with roots back to the 2000 publication you cite.  We have not taken on the task of all data sharing among even the emergency management community much less, the nation.  However, let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.  CAP 1.0 is a viable standard for the purpose it was developed as evidenced by the many groups worldwide that are utilizing it for the purpose it was intended.  To the extend the EM-TC can support the DM program (and the widespread emergency management community) with further standardization efforts, I believe it is within our charter. 

This report is the reason I only provided a brief overview of the meeting during our conference call and preferred to send the full summary to the list.  It is interesting what actually gets documented.  I don't believe it was a "a self-serving disregard for accuracy" but an honest attempt to capture the large number of issues that came out of two long days of meetings with people that do not normally share domains.  There was not a draft generated for review by the participants.  That may be a good suggestion for the future meetings.

Thank you for your comments.

At 11:36 AM 3/2/2005, Art Botterell wrote:
Friends -

For the record I want to challenge two inflated claims that appear in that meeting report:

DM approached OASIS and requested that OASIS change its standardization process to meet DM's needs and OASIS agreed.

OASIS has not changed its process in any way intended to meet DM's needs.  Nor has this TC departed from that process.  All this TC agreed to do was accept submissions from DM and the EIC as a basis for standard-making efforts, in exactly the same way it accepted the PPW submission of requirements and a draft for CAP two years earlier.

DM and the EIC created CAP because public safety practitioners emphasized that they could not share information.

Neither DM nor the EIC created CAP.  Neither group's involvement began until CAP was brought into the OASIS standards process, by which time it was already at version 0.7 and reflected two years' documented prior effort, including prototyping and field trials, by the CAP Working Group and the Partnership for Public Warning among others.  And even then, DM was only one member of this Technical Committee.

Nor is information sharing among public safety practitioners the primary purpose of CAP.  From the beginning the goal of CAP has been to translate scientific research on the effectiveness of public warnings into a usable standard for the dissemination and coordination of such warnings.  (Specifically, CAP's origins and structure can be traced back to the recommendations of the "Effective Disaster Warnings" report issued by the National Science and Technology Council in November, 2000.) Information sharing among practitioners is the goal of EDXL, not CAP.

These misrepresentations trouble me, not only because they disregard the selfless contributions of a number of people and groups over several years, but because they suggest a self-serving disregard for accuracy that puts the entire document in question.

- Art

At 8:45 PM -0600 3/1/05, Elysa Jones wrote:
This forwarded email and attachments is a summary of the work done during the Feb 16-17 meeting in Washington, DC referenced in the EM-TC minutes of 2/22/05.  Elysa Jones EM-TC Chair represented the work we are doing in OASIS.  Other TC members were also present: Michael Daconta, Tom Merkle, Paul Embley, and Sukamar Dwarkankanath.

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Subject: Messaging Standards Meeting Report
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 17:44:16 -0500
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Dear Participants,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your extremely valuable input and your commitment to coordinate efforts in the development of messaging standards.  We appreciate your time, energy, and contributions throughout the course of the event and look forward to collaborating with you at the next messaging standards meeting.
Your participation in the messaging meeting held on February 16-17, 2005 created the momentum needed to bring together other standards developing organizations in order to reach our mutual goal of increasing information sharing.  From the presentations, where you shared what your organizations are working on, to the Principles and Points of Agreement, where you reached consensus about what steps must be taken next in order to increase information sharing, your contributions will have a long-term impact on the messaging standards effort.
We hope to sustain the momentum and energy created in this meeting by calling on your expertise and experience to help develop and implement the messaging standards initiative. We would also ask for your help to provide input about which other organizations involved with messaging and data dictionaries standards should be invited to the next meeting. Attached to this document are the meeting report, a list of potential organizations to involve in this ongoing effort, and a list of draft definitions for conflicting vocabulary. Please provide contact information you may have for the proposed organizations, along with upgrades to the draft definitions. Your comments and feedback concerning the report are also welcome.  A zip file containing presentations given at the meeting will be sent by Ashley Baker.  Please send all questions and comments to myself or Ashley at <mailto:Ashley.Baker@touchstone.com>Ashley.Baker@touchstone.com. We look forward to working with you all in the future, and again thank you for your participation.

Chip Hines
Program Manager
Disaster Management eGov Initiative
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Emergency Preparedness and Response/FEMA
Department of Homeland Security
(202) 646-3115

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