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Subject: Fwd: CAP Implementation Workshop on Identifiers

This is a repost of the message sent to the list 5/14.  Elysa

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>Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 10:26:31 +0200
>From: "Eliot Christian" <EChristian@wmo.int>
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>Subject: CAP Implementation Workshop on Identifiers
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>Together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
>and OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured
>Information Standards), the World Meteorological Organization
>(WMO) will host a small, single-issue workshop at the WMO
>building in Geneva, 22-23 June 2009. The Document Plan with
>meeting details and information about the venue is available at
>This workshop will focus on best practices among implementers
>in the matter of identifiers associated with Common Alerting
>Protocol (CAP, ITU Recommendation X.1303) messages. This
>CAP Implementation Workshop on Identifiers supports actions
>from the December 2008 CAP Implementation Workshop (see
>Participants in this Workshop will also meet jointly with
>participants in the MeteoAlarm Workshop on the morning of
>June 23 in the same building.
>CAP Background
>CAP is a simple and general format for emergency alerting and
>public warning. CAP is designed for "all-hazards", addressing
>weather events, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, public health,
>power outages, and many other emergencies. CAP is also designed
>for "all-media", addressing communications media ranging from
>sirens to cell phones, faxes, radio, television, and various
>digital communication networks including the Internet.
>The standard CAP format enables consistent alerts for any kind
>of emergency simultaneously over many different alerting systems,
>thus increasing effectiveness while simplifying the alerting task.
>CAP also facilitates the detection of emerging patterns in local
>alerts of various kinds.
>ITU, WMO, and others are promoting CAP as the foundation standard
>for public alerting is societies worldwide. It is also notable
>that the U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) issued an
>order requiring use of CAP by all communications providers in the
>U.S. (For further details, see the attached flyer prepared for
>the December 2008 CAP Implementation Workshop.)
>CAP Implementation Workshop on Identifiers
>Different alerting authorities, intermediaries, and alerting
>user groups are implementing CAP in operational applications.
>Especially as CAP messages become available from many different
>sources, implementers should harmonize how they identify alerting
>authorities, alerting policies, particular hazard threats/events,
>and particular CAP messages.
>This small implementation-oriented workshop among CAP experts and
>users will produce a draft "CAP Implementors Note on Identifiers".
>Thereafter, the draft CAP Implementors Note will be circulated
>broadly to seek consensus among CAP communities worldwide.
>Mindful of the paramount importance of trust in alerting systems
>and the enormous diversity and autonomous distribution of CAP
>implementations, we can envision the draft Implementers Note
>to discuss matters such as:
>  - general requirements concerning simplicity, usability,
>    flexibility, extensibility, scalability, and deployability;
>  - issues or recommendations concerning distributed versus
>    centralized management approaches for the various types of
>    identifiers;
>  - issues or recommendations concerning non-intelligible
>    identifiers (e.g., GUID's) versus more intelligible
>    identifiers (e.g., OID's).
>Call for Participation
>If you find these matters of interest, the organizers of the
>Workshop hope that you or a representative of your organization
>will participate and/or provide a written contribution on any
>related topic that you would like to bring to the attention of
>the participants. Participation by telephone call-in will be
>supported as well.
>Please contact one of the organizers listed below if you intend
>to participate, and do feel free to contact us for any additional
>Also, please share this announcement with any discussion lists
>or individuals involved in CAP implementation who may wish to
>ITU - Tony Rutkowski <trutkowski@netmagic.com>
>OASIS - Carol Cosgrove-Sacks <Carol.Cosgrove-Sacks@oasis-open.org>
>WMO - Eliot Christian <echristian@wmo.int>


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