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Subject: CAP v1.2 Submitted for OASIS Standard Approval Ballot

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee has submitted the following specification, which is an approved Committee Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

Common Alerting Protocol Version 1.2

The text of the TC submission is appended.

You now have until 15 June to familiarize yourself with the submission and provide input to your organization's voting representative.

On 16 June 2010, a Call For Vote will be issued to all Voting Representatives of OASIS member organizations. They will have until the last day of June, inclusive, to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved as an OASIS Standard or not.

Members who wish to discuss this ballot may do so through oasis-member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, this Committee Specification has already completed the necessary 60-day public review period as noted in the submission below.

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS Standards is found at

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:

Your participation in the review and balloting process is greatly appreciated.


Mary P McRae
Director, Standards Development
Technical Committee Administrator
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org 
web: www.oasis-open.org
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phone: 1.603.232.9090


(a) Links to approved committee specification:
Editable Source:

(b) Editable version of all files
see above.

(c) Certification that all schema are valid:
The Committee certifies that all schema and XML instances are well-formed to the best of of its knowledge, and have been tested to establish validity.

(d) English-language summary:
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a simple but general format for exchanging all-hazard emergency alerts and public warnings over all kinds of networks. CAP allows a consistent warning message to be disseminated simultaneously over many different warning systems, thus increasing warning effectiveness while simplifying the warning task. CAP also facilitates the detection of emerging patterns in local warnings of various kinds, such as might indicate an undetected hazard or hostile act. 

(e) Statement of relationships to other standards:
The relationships to other standards are inclusions and references noted in the Related Work and Normative References section of the specification, which includes previous versions of CAP.  CAP is also a component of a larger framework, the Emergency Data Exchange Language family of standards.

(f) Statements of Use:
These three OASIS member companies have certified that they are using CAP 1.2:
Warning Systems, Inc.
Evolution Technologies
Mitre Corp

(g) Public review:
Public Review 01 - 28 May 2009 to 27 July 2009
Comments: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/34254/CAPv1.2-PR01-IssuesList-5.xls

Public Review 02 - 8 November 2009 to 23 November 2009
Comments: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/36664/CAPv1.2-PR02-IssuesList-4.xls

Public Review 03 - 24 March 2010 to 8 April 2010
No comments submitted.

(h) Results of voting:
The ballot to approve CAP 1.2 as a Committee Specification closed May 3, 2010.
Of the 19 eligible voting members, 15 voted Yes, 1 voted Abstain, and 3 did not vote.


(i) Earlier attempts to standardize:
CAP 1.0 and 1.1 were successfully standardized. There have been no previous attempts to standardize CAP 1.2.

(j) Publicly visible comments archive:

(k) Committee specification minority reports:
There were no minority reports indicating disapproval.

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