Navy forms first XML council

From: John Flynn (
Date: 03/12/03

The following is a precursor of what we will probably eventually see with
respect to the use of OWL and ontologies.

Navy forms first XML council

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March 11, 2003
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Navy's XML policy
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The Navy Department has formed a new council to help guide the Navy in
applying the Extensible Markup Language policy released last year, David
Wennergren, the Navy's chief information officer, announced March 10.
Next week, he will lead activities to help kick off the new XML Business
Standards Council (BSC), the first of four groups that will form the
working-level tier of the Navy's XML governance structure.
The council will focus on XML business standards, which promote the use of
common data elements and objects that make it easier for systems to exchange
information. It will coordinate XML component usage within and across
functional areas, as well as among the Navy, other Defense Department
entities and federal agencies.
"With the creation of the BSC, we're taking another important step toward
realizing our vision of a formal XML governance structure that will provide
both short- and long-term benefits to the department as it employs this
innovative technology," Wennergren said.
Three additional groups -- Technical Standards, Policy Procedures, and
Training and Education -- eventually will join the BSC to form the Navy XML
governance structure's working core.
When complete, the structure will succeed the Navy's XML Work Group, active
since August 2001, in coordinating the department's XML implementation
The Navy has also completed its work to designate XML Functional Namespace
Coordinators for each of the Navy's 23 functional areas. Those areas
basically are divisions within the Navy Department. They include
acquisition, finance, administration, logistics, command, control,
communications and information (C3I) warfare, and science and technology
testing and evaluation.
The coordinators will be responsible for helping develop, manage and
coordinate Navy XML vocabularies within their functional areas and across
the enterprise. Wennergren said lack of coordination in developing
vocabularies often can hinder a large organization from implementing a
working, comprehensive XML policy.
The coordinator designations and the BSC's creation are part of a
comprehensive XML implementation strategy set forth in the Navy's XML
The Navy CIO signed the policy Dec. 13, 2002, setting the standard for how
XML will be used within the service so that XML-tagged data is fully
interoperable servicewide. The policy outlines how the Navy will implement
XML to better find, retrieve, process and exchange data.
"The Department of the Navy deals with thousands of contracts from different
companies that will be producing a majority of the XML content," said
Michael Jacobs, chairman of the Navy's XML Work Group. "It will be up to us
to manage its implementation, governance, structure and procedures."

John Flynn
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