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Subject: RE: [soa-rm] FEA Data Reference Model (DRM) 2.0 Now Final

Hi Rex,

Please see comments below marked with [JMC].


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2005 12:49 PM
> To: Chiusano Joseph; soa-rm@lists.oasis-open.org
> Cc: James Bryce Clark; Carol Geyer; patrick.gannon@oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [soa-rm] FEA Data Reference Model (DRM) 2.0 Now Final
> Hi Joe,
> Was this 2.07, for which I was just finishing up my review? 

[JMC] I don't believe we ever had a version 2.07 (though we revised the
document pretty extensively twice after writing the original version for
this phase, and I've lost track of versions:). The previous version was
called 1.5, then it was bumped up to 2.0 by the Federal CIO Council in
mid-November due to the fact that the updates from the first version
(Oct 2004) were extensive. But we've never gone beyond version 2.0.

> If so, there are some areas that need to be revisited at some 
> point. I will finish up the review as I can. I'm concerned by 
> the fact that the word "ontology" was avoided, including the 
> entirety of the concept, in favor of a very data-centric v. 
> semantic-centric underpinning. 

[JMC] That was actually not the intention - in an earlier (non-public)
draft we had the following footnote on the first mention of the word
"taxonomies" on p.9 (at the request of Mike Daconta):

"It should be noted that ontologies may also be used for categorization,
and also that taxonomies are themselves a lighter form of ontologies.
The DRM categorization focus is on taxonomies."

Since that time, the document has passed through so many folks that I
believe this footnote was inadvertently deleted during an update.

> I think this loses what will 
> be the essential working basis for extending real 
> interoperabiity as opposed to exchange-package-specific 
> shuffling/conversion of data between operational systems. Too 
> bad I came down with pneumonia right in the middle of finally 
> reviewing it, and have since been overwhelmed with trying to 
> catch up with my own projects. Sigh.

[JMC] Hope you're feeling better.

> However, congratulations on getting it to this point, as 
> difficult as it was! It is 100% better than it was and 
> represents a major improvement and a huge step in the right 
> direction. BTW, I do understand that one takes what one can 
> get under certain circumstances, for which this circumstance 
> certainly qualified in spades. So take a deep breath, give 
> yourself a well-deserved pat on the back and remember, like 
> many another process, this was just another step in the 
> journey, and we need to start planning for the next step, 
> lest everyone think, "Phew! Glad That's Done!" Might as well 
> get used to the idea of having the ever-receding concept 
> "destination" move beyond us as we approach so tantalizingly close. 
> It is just that, the reach that always just exceeds our grasp.

[JMC] Thanks Rex! It was indeed an interesting (and very "lively" at
times;) road. You know how passionate people are about data. Now I just
have to close out the 800+ comments we received from federal agencies
(with some help, thankfully). Many of the comments were on sections that
we removed for this version (and replaced with agency guidance), so
those will be easy to close.


> Congratulations,
> Rex
> At 12:18 PM -0500 12/22/05, Chiusano Joseph wrote:
> >Hi All,
> >
> >
> >
> >I am happy to announce that the FEA Data Reference Model 
> (DRM), which 
> >has been in process since February 2005, was released 
> publicly as final 
> >yesterday by the U.S. Executive Office of the President, Office of 
> >Management and Budget (OMB[1]). Its release was originally 
> thought to 
> >be delayed until 4-6 more weeks, but OMB surprised us (the DRM 2.0 
> >initiative) by releasing it yesterday as final, with no updates 
> >requested. The biggest change since the last draft is the 
> addition of 
> >guidance for federal agencies on how to use
> >(implement) the DRM. I have been supporting this initiative since it 
> >began.
> >
> >
> >
> >This reference model, part of the U.S. Federal Enterprise 
> Architecture 
> >(FEA), was developed in conjunction with a 124-member Working Group 
> >comprised of 30 U.S. federal agencies in all 3 primary areas of 
> >government (civil, defense, and intelligence). The primary 
> purpose of 
> >the DRM is "to enable information sharing and reuse across 
> the federal 
> >government via the standard description and discovery of common data 
> >and the promotion of uniform data management practices.".
> >
> >
> >
> >A data management strategy is also in process, and its release is 
> >planned for early 2006. An updated draft DRM XML Schema is also in 
> >process (I have just released a draft for internal review by a 
> >subgroup of the DRM initiative), and should be available publicly in 
> >early 2006.
> >
> >
> >
> >If you have any questions on this document, please let me know.
> >
> >
> >
> >Happy Holidays!
> >
> >Joe
> >
> >
> >
> ><http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/documents/DRM_2_0_Final.pdf>[1] 
> >http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/documents/DRM_2_0_Final.pdf
> >
> >
> >
> >Kind Regards,
> >
> >Joseph Chiusano
> >Associate
> >Booz Allen Hamilton
> >
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> >Washington, DC 20005
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> >C: 202-251-0731
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> >
> -- 
> Rex Brooks
> President, CEO
> Starbourne Communications Design
> GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
> Berkeley, CA 94702
> Tel: 510-849-2309

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