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Subject: 15-day Public Review for EDXL Distribution Element V2.0

The OASIS Emergency Management TC members [1] have produced an updated Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 15-day public review:

Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Distribution Element Version 2.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
04 June 2013 

Specification Overview:

This Distribution Element 2.0 (DE 2.0) specification describes a standard message distribution format for data sharing among emergency information systems. The DE 2.0 serves two important purposes: 

(1) The DE 2.0 allows an organization to wrap separate but related pieces of emergency information, including any of the EDXL message types, into a single "package" for easier and more useful distribution; 

(2) The DE 2.0 allows an organization to "address" the package to organizations or individuals with specified roles, located in specified locations or those interested in specified keywords. 

This version of the DE expands the ability to use local community-defined terms, uses a profile of the Geographic Markup Language (GML) , follows best practices for naming conventions, provides the capability to link content objects, supports extensions, and is reorganized for increased flexibility and reuse of common types. The DE 2.0 packages and addresses emergency information for effective distribution with improved standardization and ability to be tailored for user needs. 

TC Description: 

The mission of the EM TC is to create incident and emergency-related standards for data interoperability. The EM-TC welcomes participation from members of the emergency management and response community, developers and implementers, and members of the public concerned with disaster management and response. 

Current EM-TC standard efforts: 

The Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) is a broad initiative to create an integrated framework for a wide range of emergency data exchange standards to support operations, logistics, planning and finance: 

       EDXL Common Alerting Protocol (EDXL-CAP) 
       EDXL Distribution Element (EDXL-DE) 
       EDXL Hospital AVailability Exchange (EDXL-HAVE) 
       EDXL Resource Messaging (EDXL-RM) 
       EDXL Reference Information Model (EDXL-RIM) 
       EDXL Situation Reporting (EDXL-SitRep) 
       EDXL Tracking Emergency Patients (EDXL-TEP) 

For more information, see the TC Charter and FAQ 

Public Review Period:

The public review starts 22 July 2013 at 00:00 GMT and ends 6 August 2013 at 23:59 GMT. The specification was previously submitted for public review [2]. This 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review. Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF file [3]. 

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable source (Authoritative):



XML schemas: 

XML examples: 

ZIP distribution files (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about this specification and the Emergency Management TC may be found on the TC's public home page located at:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility using the instructions at the "Send A Comment" link at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of 'Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Distribution Element Version 2.0,' we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] Emergency Management TC

[2] Previous public reviews 
15-day public review, 12 November 2012: https://www.oasis-open.org/news/announcements/15-day-public-review-for-edxl-distribution-element-v2-0
45-day public review, 08 December 2011: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201112/msg00002.html

[3] Redlined DIFF file 

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/emergency/ipr.php
RF on RAND mode 

Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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