Subject: RE: [emergency] Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards?
For what it's worth... I agree. Patti Patti Iles Aymond, PhD Senior Scientist, Research & Development Innovative Emergency Management, Inc. Managing Risk in a Complex World 8555 United Plaza Blvd. Suite 100 Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225) 952-8228 (phone) (225) 952-8122 (fax) -----Original Message----- From: Lee Tincher [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 5:23 PM To: 'Elysa Jones'; 'Rex Brooks'; 'Art Botterell'; 'Herbert White' Cc: 'Emergency Mgt XML TC'; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: [emergency] Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? The use of CAP for multiple (too numerous to name) implementations is fantastic. We should, as a group, be proud of its success. The dangers of the NWS implementation (should it not change - which is not indicated by their response) is a concern we should note and state - and then stop there. This is beyond the scope of what a standards body should be doing. The standard is defined and someone has found a loophole for use that we do not agree with. We need to voice our concern and fix this in the next release - and then move on. Any further action may have the danger of the perception that there is a sense of personal ownership - that would undermine everything a standards body should stand for. We can't all be hero's - we are a well balanced group whose strength lies in our divergence, combined individual talents and professionalism these standards are vetted and published from a group. To take any stand beyond a simple statement of fact - with a matter of fact statement that we will be addressing this in a future release - will detract from the EM TC as a whole. I'll try not to break my ankle climbing down off of my soap box now :-) Thanks, Lee -----Original Message----- From: Elysa Jones [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 6:01 PM To: Lee Tincher; 'Rex Brooks'; 'Art Botterell'; 'Herbert White' Cc: 'Emergency Mgt XML TC'; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: [emergency] Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? In addition to the OAT report, HazCollect will be used or not by the local emergency management community. If it provides a capability that they find useful, they will use it, otherwise they wont. The concern I have heard from local EMAs is that they are concerned that warning messages could go out over NWR without them knowing about it. Except for that - if the instruction field is missing and there is no way to provide a protective action to the community with the warning, there is a good chance they wont use it anyway. In addition to the OAT report, maybe the IAEM community will insist that the instruction be used in order for a change to happen to HazCollect. With the local EMAs I have talked with about this, they have a good method of communicating and authenticating warnings to their local NWS for distribution - NWR, EAS and otherwise. Many are planning to use CAP. Most I have talked with seem leery of HazCollect but completely trust their local NWS. Elysa At 04:47 PM 6/2/2006, Lee Tincher wrote: >I whole-heartedly agree :-) > >-----Original Message----- >From: Rex Brooks [mailto:email@example.com] >Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 5:39 PM >To: Art Botterell; Herbert White >Cc: Emergency Mgt XML TC; firstname.lastname@example.org >Subject: [emergency] Re: [CAP] NOAA Undermining International Standards? > >Since I my personal experience doesn't validate the predictable >effects, although that may in fact be the practical outcome, I can't >be part of the we that doesn't "stand for NOAA ..." especially since >I am willing to extend the benefit of the doubt based on what Herb >said on the record. > >I don't think it serves our purposes to dig our heels in on what is, >after all, an optional feature at this point. However, showing a >willingness to bring the press in if intentions don't match results >is certainly an option I would keep handy. > >Also, it sounded to me like a negative OAT report in regard to >non-implementation of "instructions" was certainly in order, also for >the record. > >Regards, >Rex > > >At 10:07 AM -0700 6/2/06, Art Botterell wrote: > >Friends - > > > >Apparently I've failed to sensitize NOAA to the impact of their > >choices beyond their own organizational and national borders. Much > >more is as stake here than just "visibility." > > > >On Jun 2, 2006, at 6/2/06 7:33 AM, Herbert White wrote: > >>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. > > > >The problem is that these terms... "operational acceptance test" and > >"initial operating capacity"... mean precisely what they say. The > >"OAT" isn't just some mid-point correction in an ongoing development > >process. It marks the acceptance of an operational product. It is, > >for all intents and purposes, a functional nationwide rollout of an > >"operating capacity" that even Herb admits is incomplete. > > > >For most of a year now I've been asking Herb and others to specify > >when those flaws would be fixed, if not prior to the initial > >rollout. He's been unable to do so, and rightly so, because there's > >no guarantee he'll ever get the funds to make changes once an > >"initial operating capacity" is accepted. (I think we all know that > >there's nothing as permanent in government as a "temporary" > >structure.) So... with all respect to Herb personally... I think we > >need to recognize that such general statements of intent are > >well-meaning but ultimately empty, and to focus on what's actually > >about to be deployed. > > > >What will be some of the predictable effects if HazCollect is > >deployed and accepted in its current form? > > > >1) Existing and developing providers of warning and emergency > >information systems will be shut out of the system for lack of an > >open interface in the foreseeable future. > > > >2) Emergency managers will be pressured to install the DMIS toolkit > >on their already cluttered desktops as the only way to get access to > >NWS warning assets. > > > >3) The market for non-NWS warning systems and products will be > >chilled, since nobody with a full CAP implementation will be able to > >guarantee compatibility with HazCollect. > > > >4) Many system developers in the U.S. and abroad will feel pressure > >to "dumb down" their CAP implementations to match the HazCollect > >model rather than try to support both. > > > >5) Ironically, other system developers (as we've seen in this > >discussion) will take NOAA's intransigence and go-it-alone approach > >as a reason not to bother implementing standards at all. > > > >6) Ultimately, the credibility of the standards process will be > >eroded by the example of a huge U.S. federal agency overriding the > >standard for their own internal convenience. > > > >Let's be clear here... it would be entirely possible for NOAA to > >accommodate its internal back-compatibility issues internally, > >without projecting them out to the user interface. And both NOAA > >and Battelle have had plenty of time to make the necessary changes, > >during a development schedule that's already slipped numerous > >deadlines and waived a number of original specifications. > > > >The only reason these problems persist is that NOAA and Battelle > >have chosen not to fix them. We must not stand for NOAA putting a > >flawed HazCollect "initial operating capacity" online until they are. > > > >- Art > > > > > > > >--------------------------------------------------------------------- > >To unsubscribe from this mail list, you must leave the OASIS TC that > >generates this mail. 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