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Event Terms List v1.0 published by Emergency Management TC

Standard terminology for emergency events developed for use in alerting systems to help with interpretation and interoperability

OASIS is pleased to announce publication of Event Terms List Version 1.0, a Committee Note from the members of the OASIS Emergency Management TC [1].

The variety of practices employed regarding <event> types in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) messages makes it difficult to compare messages from different sources. The problem has been presented as an interoperability issue where some consumers of CAP struggle to compare differences in language and meaning of the terms used in the <event> element in CAP.

The <event> element is the focus for this Committee Note, as it is the only required element in CAP directly associated with the subject event for a CAP message. Aligning practices surrounding this element, as opposed to other possible candidate elements, is the choice adopted in this work product for addressing this interoperability concern.

Note that this document renames and replaces the edition announced earlier.

The Committee Note is available here:

Event Terms List Version 1.0
Committee Note 01
19 November 2020

Editable source (Authoritative):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete ZIP package of the Committee Note that you can download here:

Members of the Emergency Management TC approved this Committee Note by a Full Majority ballot on 19 November 2020 as documented in the ballot [2].

Our congratulations to all the members of the TC.

Additional references:

[1] OASIS Emergency Management TC

[2] Approval