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Subject: Re: [office-comment] ODF and Intelligence Community Information SecurityMarkings

Leonard Mada <discoleo@gmx.net> wrote on 05/06/2008 05:11:16 PM:

> The best I could come up with is:
> http://www.gwg.nga.mil/documents/NSG_Geo_Core_MD_Profile.doc
> It is a 200 page document, so, IF somebody is interested, feel free to 
> dwell into it. I am concerned with data-security, too, so I do have an 
> interest in this topic, but the 200 page document is slightly too large 
> for my very limited time.

Thanks, that must be it.  It appears to be a vocabulary for annotating a 
document with security classifications.  Or at least that's what hits me 
at a first glance.  If we look around we'll find hundreds of vocabularies 
like this, for various specializations -- medical, financial, scientific, 
etc., oriented with every industry.  We're obviously not going to 
integrate them all into the ODF Standard.  We need to draw the line 
between what is a general purpose vocabulary for describing office 
documents, and what is everything else out there. 

However, from the user's perspective, in a business with specialized 
vocabulary, this distinction is arbitrary and artificial.

There is a way to have it both ways.  ODF has a rich set of extensibility 
features that allow the addition of annotations like ICISM.  A conformant 
ODF document, following these defined extensibility mechanisms, will 
remain a conformant document. 

I'd expect such things to end up as Profile.  Someone writes up a 
technical description of how ICISM can be used with ODF and they call it 
"An ODF+ICISM Profile".  Maybe it starts off internally, within an 
organization.  Maybe it starts off among a group of coordinating agencies. 
 If it is broad enough to be of international interest, then maybe it ends 
up at OASIS.

It is all about layers.  You start with Unicode which gives you everything 
you need for describing plain text in all the world's languages.  Then you 
add XML which gives you everything you need for structuring data.  Then 
you add Relax NG, and XML Schema datatypes, to formally describe the 
structure and constraints of your XML.  Then you add XSL:FO to describe 
text styling, and MathML to describe mathematical equations, and XLink to 
describe hyperlinks, SMIL for animation, and so on.  You end up with ODF, 
to describe office documents. 

The ODF TC stops here, but the story doesn't stop here.  The next step, to 
add the next layer, the industry or domain specific layers, will need to 
be driven by specialists in that area. 


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