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Subject: RE: [egov] Countermeasures for Epidemic of CongressionalIgnorance?

Thanks foor the reply, Duane,

The pilot project I'm working on now does some of this and is a 
Semantic Interoperability Rachitecture Pilot as well as being SOA in 
a loosely coupled way, and we plan to use ebXML REgistry/Repository 
as well as many other components. It's far from any kind of panacea, 
but i think it will be a small step in the right direction.


At 12:20 PM -0700 9/19/05, Duane Nickull wrote:
>Sadly, in a previous company we proposed an architecture to the Canadian
>Government (prior to being acquired by Adobe) for a low costs system
>that would have helped alleviate some of the problems from this type of
>While dwelling on the past is important to learn lessons, I also think
>it is important to look forward and take action.  The proposed system
>was  registry based and would allow government and civilian entities to
>register the following via easy to use web forms:
>1. What types of events they wish to be notified about and when.
>Example: If there is a landslide in the Rocky Mountains that blocks a
>public highway, notify me since I am a civilian trucking company and I
>need to know this to reroute my trucks or "Tell me about potential
>hurricanes 48 hours in advance since I have to collect and evacuate
>elderly people".
>2. A list of anything they have that they would make available during an
>emergency. Example: I have a diesel generator and 200 gallons of fuel in
>my backyard
>3. Details of any services they are prepared to offer during an
>emergency (example: I have a chainsaw and can help cut through fallen
>4. Details of how they can be contacted in an emergency including backup
>plans in case no infrastructure exists (example: If the phones are out,
>I will be at the corner of Haight & Ashbury.
>5. Workflows and procedures for emergency workers to take.
>The idea is that everyone who has a stake in a situation would have a
>chance to play a role.  Agencies from local governments to international
>relief workers could all use it.
>The architecture is public record since it was submitted to the GoC as
>an RFI proposal.  Anyone interested in seeing it or making use of it
>please let me know and I can forward it to them. 
>I think systems like this would only cost around CAD $100,000 to
>implement and probably minimal $$ to keep operational.  A bargain
>compared to the chaos that can result when things go wrong.
>The architecture used the OASIS CAP and the ebXML Registry/Repository
>standards along with other web service standards.
>Anyone want to build it?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]
>Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 8:06 AM
>To: huml@lists.oasis-open.org; emergency@lists.oasis-open.org;
>egov@lists.oasis-open.org; sia-pilot6@humanml.cim3
>Subject: [egov] Countermeasures for Epidemic of Congressional Ignorance?
>Hi Everyone,
>Please excuse the inept and mangled metaphors, but I think I have a
>concussion from being hit by this um, fiscal responsibility?
>I note this with considerable dismay since it looks a lot like we
>suddenly discovered that we are hemorrhaging from a leg so we are
>going to amputate our right arm as if we could somehow save the blood
>in that arm or keep it from flowing out our gashed leg. Let's ignore
>how much work that arm could do, for things like, well, tying a
>tourniquet around the wound from which we are actually bleeding?
>Better idea. Let's rescind the minimum wage and hire all those
>displaced refugees, oops, no, they're called.... what was it? Ah yes,
>evacuees. How much more civilized can you get? I never thought
>ignorance was contagious till now.
>Rex Brooks
>President, CEO
>Starbourne Communications Design
>GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
>Berkeley, CA 94702
>Tel: 510-849-2309
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Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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