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Subject: Re: [emergency] RE: Very draft mission statement for the GIS SC

To me, the really essential work here is to assure that the geospatial 
aspects of EM TC standards are verifiably implementable correctly in real 
systems that use broadly deployed geospatial processing. For instance, 
right now I am looking for any mapping implementation of CAP using the open 
standard Geography Markup Language (GML) and Web Feature Service (WFS). I 
suspect that CAP with WFS is tricky, which is why we issued an Implementors 
Note two years ago.  Great harm can occur if CAP messages were to be 
misrepresented (e.g., inadvertently drop one of two geographic areas in a 
CAP alert, where one is designated as "shelter in place" and the other is 
designated "evacuate immediately".

At 04:53 PM 7/5/2005, Carl Reed OGC wrote:
>All -
>The GIS SC met today and discussed the role and mission of the SC in the 
>context of the larger mission of the EM TC. We captured a number of good 
>ideas and my action was to put them into some semblance of short 
>paragraph. So, here is my first cut at the GIS SC mission. I do like the 
>first sentence (structure).
>The mission of the Geospatial Information System (GIS) sub-committee is to 
>provide a forum in which requirements for and potential solutions to 
>geospatial standards issues as related to the broader work of the EM TC 
>can be presented and discussed. This work will include surveys of existing 
>standards, collection of requirements, discussions, and recommendations to 
>the broader EM TC for geospatial components/elements for standards being 
>developed by the EM TC. The goal of this work to improve the value of 
>emergency management systems, including effective integration of 
>geospatial message content anywhere into the EM value chain.
>So have at it!
>Carl Reed, PhD
>CTO and Executive Director Specification Program
>The OGC: Helping the World to Communicate Geographically
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