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Subject: Fwd: Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards?
Hi Folks, I'm hustling out the door, but wanted to forward this so that the TC list sees it, too. I hope this helps. Cheers, Rex >Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 12:11:43 -0400 >From: Herbert White <Herbert.White@noaa.gov> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >X-Converted-To-Plain-Text: from multipart/mixed by demime 1.01d >X-Converted-To-Plain-Text: Alternative section used was multipart/alternative >Cc: Art Botterell <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? >X-BeenThere: firstname.lastname@example.org >List-Id: Common Alerting Protocol Public Discussion > <cap-list.lists.incident.com> >List-Unsubscribe: <http://eastpac.incident.com/mailman/listinfo/cap-list>, > <mailto:email@example.com?subject=unsubscribe> >List-Archive: <http://eastpac.incident.com/pipermail/cap-list> >List-Post: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> >List-Help: <mailto:email@example.com?subject=help> >List-Subscribe: <http://eastpac.incident.com/mailman/listinfo/cap-list>, > <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=subscribe> >Sender: email@example.com >X-Rcpt-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >X-DPOP: Version number supressed > >-------- Original Message -------- >Subject: Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? >Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 10:33:48 -0400 >From: Herbert White <Herbert.White@noaa.gov> >To: Art Botterell <email@example.com> >CC: Emergency Mgt XML TC <firstname.lastname@example.org>, >email@example.com >References: <447ED3DA.firstname.lastname@example.org> > > > >To try and calm the waters here, let me try to briefly clarify the issue >on NWS's intent and role with HazCollect. As one of the lead Federal >agencies in operational warning dissemination, we recognize the high >visibility of anything we do. In the case of HazCollect, NWS is taking >the first steps needed to implement an all-hazard warning system >enabling emergency managers to input information directly onto the NOAA >dissemination networks and beyond in support of the National Response >Plan. A good reason for doing it is the NWS network has the capability >to widely disseminate the information and directly warn the public. > >What we're striving for is what the CAP community has been promoting all >along: a common protocol that can be used by any system. We also have >the requirement to support existing technology, with the requirement to >move into new technologies. >NOAA is NOT rewriting CAP specification and, as stated, needs to conform >to CAP. The planned HazCollect Initial Operating Capability (IOC) is >just the first step in the process. NOAA's intent is to fully support >the CAP "Instruction" element. We look forward to working with the CAP >community to implement this high priority HazCollect function. > >Herb White >Dissemination Services Manager, OCWWS >NOAA National Weather Service >Herbert.White@noaa.gov >> >> -------- Original Message -------- >> Subject: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? >> Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 21:33:18 -0700 >> From: Art Botterell <email@example.com> >> To: Emergency Mgt XML TC <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> CC: email@example.com >> >> Friends - >> >> As you may be aware, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric >> Administration (NOAA), in a bid to expand its role in national public >> warning, is representing its new "HazCollect" all-hazard warning >> program as using the OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard. >> >> Regrettably, what NOAA is proposing to roll out nationwide in the >> next few months is a crippled and incomplete version of the CAP data >> format. >> >> If NOAA was a warning system provider like any other, that might be a >> minor and ultimately self-correcting glitch. But what NOAA is about >> to unwrap is nothing less than a national backbone network for public >> warnings of all kinds. The sheer size and scope of the NOAA effort >> means there'll be strong pressure on other warning technology >> providers to conform to the NOAA-variant specification. That will > > leave firms and agencies in the U.S. and abroad that already have >> implemented CAP per the international specification at a severe >> disadvantage. >> >> Despite numerous requests over the past six months, and spurning >> offers of technical assistance and even of funds from local >> governments to bring HazCollect into full CAP compliance, the NOAA >> officials in charge of HazCollect have stubbornly declined to have >> their contractor, the Battelle Memorial Foundation, make the >> relatively minor--by their own admission--adjustments required for >> full CAP compliance. >> >> Regrettably, we can no longer ignore the possibility that NOAA is >> trying deliberately to drive a wedge between implementers and the >> international standards process. One reason might be that the >> restrictions NOAA is trying to impose on CAP serve to mask serious >> and long-standing shortcomings in existing warning systems, including >> ones operated by NOAA. >> >> But we don't need to speculate about motives to see that we are at a >> crossroads for the adoption of open standards by the U.S. >> Government. If federal agencies start to rewrite science-based >> consensus standards by dint of raw administrative muscle, that will >> leave the technology market at the mercy of unrestrained >> bureaucracy. It will inflict huge costs on industry and the public >> and be an enormous setback for international humanitarian relief and >> the global war on terror. >> >> It's too bad that quiet diplomacy was unable to resolve this before >> it became public. However, with the national deployment of >> HazCollect's "initial operating capacity" just weeks away, it's time >> for the standards community to take a stand for standards compliance >> and transparency. >> >> Therefore, speaking as the original architect and editor of the >> Common Alerting Protocol, I'm calling on the OASIS Emergency >> Management Technical Committee and its members to demand that >> HazCollect not be declared operational until its CAP implementation >> is complete and fully compliant with the published specifications. >> >> Our integrity is being tested now. Either we stand up for open, non- >> proprietary standards or we stand by as our work becomes a stalking- >> horse for narrow institutional interests. I'm confident that the >> agencies, organizations and individuals who've invested so much hard >> work in standards development over the last few years won't let that >> work be distorted or dismissed. >> >> - Art >> _______________________________________________ >> This list is for public discussion of the Common Alerting Protocol. >> This list is NOT part of the formal record of the OASIS Emergency >> Management TC. Comments for the OASIS record should be posted using >> the form at >> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/form.php?wg_abbrev=emergency >> >> CAP-list mailing list >> CAPfirstname.lastname@example.org >> http://eastpac.incident.com/mailman/listinfo/cap-list >> >> This list is not for announcements, advertising or advocacy of any >> particular program or product other than the CAP itself. > >[demime 1.01d removed an attachment of type text/x-vcard which had a >name of Herbert.White.vcf] >_______________________________________________ >This list is for public discussion of the Common Alerting Protocol. >This list is NOT part of the formal record of the OASIS Emergency >Management TC. 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