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

Perhaps this discussion belongs on some fea-drm@?? List, instead of


-----Original Message-----
From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2005 2:21 PM
To: Chiusano Joseph; Rex Brooks; soa-rm@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: RE: [soa-rm] FEA Data Reference Model (DRM) 2.0 Now Final

Thanks Joe,

I'm looking at the final version, and it is mostly the version I was 
reviewing, so I will adjust my review to this version. The 
operational sense has always been in accordance with the concepts of 
ontological understanding, using the more widely understood terms, 
"taxonomies" and "controlled vocabularies," so it is less a case that 
it had a fundamental error, and more the case that it reflected a 
somewhat more parochial, and less intimidating, flavor. It would be 
nice if we could get that footnote reinserted, so that, as ontology 
becomes more widely understood as the basis for a more useful 
Semantic Web, it will be easier to introduce further semantic 


At 1:07 PM -0500 12/22/05, Chiusano Joseph wrote:
>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
>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
>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
>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
>>  >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
>>  >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
>>  >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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>>  >Visit us online@
>>  >
>>  --
>>  Rex Brooks
>>  President, CEO
>>  Starbourne Communications Design
>>  GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
>>  Berkeley, CA 94702
>>  Tel: 510-849-2309

Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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