OASIS Emergency Management TC

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Enabling information exchange to advance incident preparedness and response to emergency situations

Elysa Jones, elysajones@yahoo.com, Chair
Rex Brooks, rexb@starbourne.com, Secretary

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Announcements

From 11 November 2022 – 17 November 2022, closely following the CAP Implementation Workshop in October 2022, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) holds its first in-person Annual Conference and EMEX since 2020, and the Emergency Management Technical Committee will attend and participate with a booth and through a Pre-Conference Training Day titled Wireless Alerting Crash Course featuring material from the upcoming Committee Note Mobile Alerting Practices based on the Common Alerting Protocol v1.2. The OASIS EM TC booth at the conference includes prominent signage heralding the EM TC’s participation in the EU STRATEGY Project, “Facilitating EU pre-Standardisation process Through streamlining and vAlidating inTeroperability in systems and procEdures involved in the crisis management cYcle (STRATEGY)”. The EMTC is participating in this project through the OASIS Open Europe Foundation (OOEF). If warranted, we will note added details of the Conference in in our next announcement.

From 19 October - 21 October 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the 2022 CAP Implementation Workshop and Training was held as an in-person event for the first time since the advent of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee was represented by Mark Wood and Thomas Wood in the Sept. 21, 2022 Training Day presentations they gave on the work of the EM CAP Subcommittee to create a new Committee Note on Mobile Alerting Practices. Elysa Jones attended remotely, and with Mark Wood gave an update on the ongoing work of the EMTC.

The following documents may be also of interest:

The Programme lists all of the Workshop agenda topics and links to the presentations;

The list of Speakers includes speaker biographies, portraits and links to the presentations;

The list of Participants gives name and organizational affiliation of each participant.

Our extensive work was largely well received. For more depth, please see the following pre-event announcements.

With the waning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the OASIS Open Emergency Management Technical Committee is pleased to announce that the 2022 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop and Training will be in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Workshop is 19-20 September at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the Training is 21 September at De Duif. Webinar call-in instructions will be sent to everyone registered.

The EMTC will also have a Training Day focusing on the EM CAP Subcommittee’s current work developing a Committee Note for Mobile Alerting Practices.

EM TC Chairperson Elysa Jones will give a brief report and an introduction for Mark Wood, the principal author and editor for this very important work. He will be on hand to facilitate the Training. Mr. Wood resides in the UK, has personal experience with the issues that the Committee Note will address, while the EM-CAP SC has contributors associated with Canada’s Alerting authorities, as well as DHS-FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) in the US. EM TC Chairperson Elysa Jones has personal experience working with smaller countries, such as Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, for whom cell broadcast for Mobile Alerting was chosen for their primary alerting service.

Likewise, EMTC will be represented at IAEM’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition Nov. 11-17, 2022 in Savannah, Georgia in an in-person event. This year’s IAEM Conference Theme is “Emergency Management Unmuted” The EM TC will put its spotlight on the Emergency Management Framework Open Repository and the OASIS Open Europe Foundation (OOEF) collaboration with the EM TC participation on the STRATEGY EU" Project.

The EM TC will also be represented by Elysa Jones giving a presentation and holding down the Booth that the OASIS EM TC will have as close as possible to the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)booth.

On Jan. 20, 2021 – OASIS Open, the international open source and open standards consortium announced the launch of the OASIS Open Europe Foundation (OOEF). The foundation provides a strong and dedicated European focus in setting standards for open collaboration and allows OASIS to help provide long-term sustainability for European Union projects.

In early February 2022 OOEF was invited to participate in an ongoing EU Project: STRATEGY EU. The EMTC was invited to participate actively, and accepted the opportunity. EMTC Secretary Rex Brooks has joined the effort and reports that the use of EMTC Standards and Specifications are being intensively considered as part of the set of solutions that will eventually be recommended following the current pre-standardization process.

On Dec. 17, 2021 The Emergency Management Technical Committee inaugurated the OASIS TC Open Repository: emergency-emf This is a part of the overall Emergency Management Framework that makes up a set of resources that are available to the public, and which the EM TC has established as part of our effort to build an open source community and attract software developers to adopt and implement our standards and specifications.

Statement of Purpose: The OASIS Emergency Management Framework (EMF) is a reference implementation and toolkit for enabling standardized emergency information exchange using the OASIS Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL). With the EMF, developers and users can create, send, store, template, visualize, search, and organize emergency messages. EDXL provides standardized alerting, resource sharing, situation reporting, tracking of emergency patients and clients, hospital availability, as well as packaging and addressing of emergency messages and attachments.

On 13-14 October 2021 from 13:00 to 17:15 CEST (Geneva time) each day, the international 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop was conducted for the second successive year as an online Video Webinar. Elysa Jones, Chair of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee (EMTC) participated and gave a presentation you can access here. She updated the latest work of the EMTC, which includes a Committee Note: Event Terms List Version 1.0 Committee Note 02 0212 October 2021 You can access this Committee Note in the link provided.

Norm Paulsen from Environment Canada, and a member of the EM TC's EM CAP Subcommittee gave a presentation titled CAP and Wireless Public Alerting Canada.

You can access the Workshop Speakers as confirmed by 21 April 2021.

For the provisional list of participants from the same date, see Participants.

You can can access the Information Flyer for the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop here.

The OASIS EM TC is pleased to draw attention to the international Call to Action on Emergency AlertingThis website includes brief statements by the international organizations, international NGOs, and international companies who have endorsed this effort so far. The goal is To scale up efforts to ensure that all countries have the capability for effective, authoritative emergency alerting that leverages the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) suitable for all media and all hazards.

On July 22, 2021, Elysa Jones, Chair of the Emergency Management Technical Committee (EMTC) participated in and gave a presentation on the work of the EMTC in OASIS to the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation in their virtual PrepTech Talk titled “Innovations in Resource Management & Mutual Aid Technology.” The participants and presenters in this webinar discussed the latest developments in nationally available technology tools and standards that increase resource management preparedness and improve efficiencies in managing incidents.

You can access the recorded session from July 22, 2021 here. This page of the NAPSG website allows you to listen to the entire session either on that page or from YouTube through the link included on that page. If you prefer to listen to Elysa’s EMTC presentation, you have the controls to do that in the YouTube site if you use their controls to go to the timestamp of 50.05 / 1:14:10 within the webinar recording.

January 8, 2021, The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee’s Common Alerting Protocol Subcommittee (EMTC EM-CAP SC) hosted the first of two Special Informal Zoom Meetings for Subject Matter Experts. These meetings were arranged to gather feedback on the Event Terms List that the CAP SC has been working on since Q4 of 2016.

You can access the recorded session from January 8, 2021 here

On January 15, 2021, The EMTC’s EM-CAP SC hosted the Second Special Informal Zoom Meeting for Subject Matter Experts to gather feedback on the Event Terms List.

You can access the recorded session from January 15, 2021 here

On 13-14 October 2021 from 13:00 to 17:15 CEST (Geneva time) each day, the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop will be conducted as an online Webinar - Call-in instructions will be sent to all registered participants.

You can access the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop Information flyer”> here.

From 28 September 2020 – 30 September 2020 the international 2020 CAP Implementation Workshop was held as a virtual event. The event was conducted as a Zoom webinar. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, this was the first CAP Workshop to be conducted as a virtual edition of the annual event.

You can access the 2020 CAP Implementation Workshop Report here.

You can access the List of Speakers here

You can access the List of Participants here.

It is worth noting this event had more than 800 registered attendees.

All presentations can be reached through the links provided within the programme.

Beginning with the increased spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and the world, in the month of March 2020 and continuing through April and likely to stretch into the following months, the Emergency Management Technical Committee (EM TC) has increased its efforts to ensure awareness of the benefits of our Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) standards and specifications for stakeholders from various agencies such as

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including several branches/divisions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Division of Emergency Operations
  • Health Level 7 International (HL7) specifically for the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) initiative furthering awareness of the value of data interoperability through the use of our EDXL standards and specifications
  • National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation
  • Specifically, we are encouraging awareness and adoption of

    From November 15-20, 2019, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference was conducted in Savannah, Georgia. The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee (EMTC) provided a full day pre-conference training session on the EDXL suite of standards. While the EMTC has presented EDXL at sessions during the IAEM annual conference, this is the first time there has been pre-conference training event dedicated to the topic of data interoperability. This provided emergency managers an opportunity to learn about the standards that are available to exchange data for alert and warning, patient tracking, hospital availability, situational awareness, resource management and message distribution. The OASIS Emergency Member Section Steering Committee sponsored the event. Jacob Westfall and I presented at the full day session on Saturday Nov 16. It was attended by 10 persons from three countries (USA, Barbados, Saudi Arabia). Some were longtime emergency managers, one emergency management student and some first time IAEM attendees. All attendees stayed for the full day and stated they got out of the session what they had hoped for. We provided a full overview of the EDXL suite of standards, guiding principles, toolkit with details on the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), Hospital Availability Exchange (HAVE) and Tracking Emergency Patients) TEP specifications and their joint release with other international standards bodies (ITU and HL7). Lunch was provided as well as a morning and afternoon break.

    In addition to the preconference workshop on EDXL, OASIS provided exhibit space during the conference. This was a good opportunity to meet with emergency managers, product and service providers as well as government entities interested in interoperable data standards.

    From 28 September – 30 September 2020, the international 2020 CAP Implementation Workshop Programme here. You can access the List of Speakers here You can access the < List of Participants here. It is worth noting that the virtual event allowed as many as 400 visitors to access the presentations.>

    We will post links to the presentations and any further information here.

    From 16 October - 18 October 2019, the international CAP Workshop 2019 was held in Mexico City, Mexico. You can access the agenda and presentations here. You can access the Final Report here. The Report provides brief notes concerning each of the 22 presentations given at the Workshop, and the List of Speakers also links to each of their presentations. The List of Participants provides names and affiliation of the 81 participants from 16 countries.

    On 28 January 2019 the OASIS Committee Specification Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Hospital AVailability Exchange (HAVE) Version 2.0 Committee Specification 01 Proposed HL7® Informative Document 13 December 2018 was published. In addition, TC Administrator Chet Ensign posted the document on Linked-In for discussion. This is noteworthy because it is the first Joint Release of OASIS Open and Health Level Seven International.

    From 31 October - 1 November 2018, the international CAP Workshop 2018 was held in Hong Kong, China. You can access the agenda and presentations here. You can access the Final Report here.

    On 3 April 2018 the HL7 paper Healthcare IT Computable-Interoperability Strategy“Methodology to manage data-quality risk by standardizing data” In accordance with 21st Century Cures Act, TEFCA and USCDI was posted to the Documents repository of the EM Adoption TC.

    On 22 March 2018 Best Practices for the Dissemination of Weather Warnings to the Public A Best Practice Statement of the American Meteorological Society(Adopted by the AMS Council 7 January 2018) was posted to the Documents repository of the EM Adoption TC.

    From Dec 2017-April 2018 implementers of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) are invited to answer questions regarding the creation of an Event Terms List. For details, see Call for Comments which was extended through April.

    Late February 2018 marked the signing of the 2017 Statement of Understanding (SOU) between OASIS and Health Level Seven (HL7).

    On Jan 30 2018, HL7 Patient Administration Working Group approved joint release of the Hospital Availability Exchange (HAVE) standard which includes an appendix mapping to the HL7 data items. A full announcement from HL7 and OASIS for the joint release is anticipated 1Q2018.

    On September 22, 2017 the first international EDXL Workshop was held in Rome. You can access the agenda and presentations here. You can access the Final Report here.

    On September 20-21, 2017 the international CAP Workshop 2017 was held in Rome. You can access the programme and presentations here. You can access the Final Report here.

    The video "Overview of EDXL Emergency Standards" is now available in both English and Italian. You can access the English version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eoV5XwZVO8 and the Italian version at https://vimeo.com/234306686?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220.

    Mert Gencturk from SRDC Corp, a spin-off from the Middle East Technical University, Software Research and Development Center (METU-SRDC) discusses his work on the C2-SENSE Project, a project to a develop a profile-based Emergency Interoperability Framework that exposes the functionalities of C2 Systems, Sensor Systems and other emergency/crisis management systems. The framework uses the OASIS CAP, EDXL SitRep, EDXL RM, EDXL HAVE and EDXL TEP standards. C2-SENSE is a joint project of 8 partners from France (SAFRAN), Austria (AIT), Italy (LUTECH, REGOLA, Innova Puglia, Regione Puglia), Turkey (SRDC) and Poland (PIAP). Watch the full presentation here: https://youtu.be/lDwlAYsshN0: 17 July 2017

    HL7 and OASIS Announce Joint Publication of Implementation Guide to Advance Emergency and Disaster Response; 20 Sept 2016 This Committee Note (OASIS) and Implementation Guide (HL7) is a bidirectional transformation specification between the OASIS message for Tracking of Emergency Patients and the HL7 message for the admit/discharge/transfer of patients in hospital administration systems.

    On August 23-24, 2016 the international CAP Workshop 2016 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. You can access the presenters and presentations here. You can access the Final Report here.

    On September 23-24, 2015 the international CAP Workshop was held in Rome. You can access the presentations here. You can access the Final Report here.

    On 11 August 2015, the Emergency Management TC approved Emergency Data Exchange Language Situation Reporting (EDXL-SitRep)v1.0 as a Committee Specification Draft/Public Review Draft and arranged for the 60-Day public review.

    On 15 October 2015 National Association of State Emergency Medical Service Officials (NASEMSO) signed a resolution calling for Completion and Implementation of a Data Standard for Tracking of Emergency Patients (TEP)

    On 04 August 2015, the Emergency Management TC approved Emergency Data Exchange Language Tracking of Emergency Patients (EDXL-TEP) 1.1 as a Committee Specification Draft/Public Review Draft and arranged for the 30-Day Public Review.

    On 13 January 2015, the Emergency Management TC approved Emergency Data Exchange Language Hospital AValability Exchange (EDXL-HAVE) 2.0 as a Committee Specification Draft/Public Review Draft and arranged for the 60-Day Public Review.

    Visit the Emergency Management Technical Committee (EM-TC) Activities page for more current topics.


    Overview

    The EM-TC creates vendor-neutral and platform agnostic standards for organizations and agencies to more easily exchange emergency information. The EM-TC welcomes participation from members of the emergency management and response community, developers and implementers, and members of the public concerned with disaster management and response.

    The Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) is a broad initiative to create an integrated framework for a wide range of emergency data exchange standards to support operations, logistics, planning and finance.

    Overview links below are provided for completed OASIS standards only. Non-linked items are works in progress. For most recent versions of all technical work see Technical Work Produced by the Committee

    EM-TC standard efforts include:

    For more information, see the TC Charter and FAQ


    Subcommittees

    • EM CAP Profiles SC
      Designs, develops, and releases XML-based standards and specifications as CAP Profiles based on the CAP Standard.
    • EM CAP SC
      Provides ongoing maintenance of the CAP standard and related work.
    • EM GIS SC
      Ensures the proper use and integration of geographic standards in the development of EDXL standards.
    • EM HAVE SC
      Researches, analyzes, recommends, and organizes currently available information on implementation challenges and comments regarding the EDXL-HAVE standard.
    • EM Infrastructure Framework SC
      Produces a horizontal intellectual effort predicated on establishing a common set of EM infrastructure standards, regardless of originating industry and/or agency segment. In particular, it provides ongoing maintenance of the EDXL-DE standard and related work.
    • EM Messages and Notification SC
      Addresses procedures and formats for exchanging new and updated information related to functions including public safety, emergency response and homeland security. In particular, it provides ongoing maintenance of the EDXL-RM and EDXL-SitRep standards and related work.
    • EM Reference Information Model SC
      Creates the EDXL-RIM specification to provide a high-level, abstract, information model for the family of EDXL specifications. Provides guidance on extensions and constraints (profiles) and maintains Common Types, EDXL-CIQ and EDXL-GSF.
    • EM TEP SC
      Develops the OASIS EDXL-Tracking of Emergency Patients (EDXL-TEP) messaging standard, which assists emergency responders, coordinators and management in the exchange of emergency patient and EMS tracking information, thus increasing the effectiveness of emergency medical management, patient tracking and care, and family notification.
    • EM TEC SC
      Develops the OASIS EDXL-Tracking of Emergency Clients (EDXL-TEC) messaging standard to facilitate the tracking of evacuees and other displaced persons during emergencies, disasters, and routine day-to-day incidents, the transport of such emergency clients to shelters, and the repatriation and reunification of emergency clients with their families.
    • EM Adoption SC
      The former EM Adoption SC has migrated to the OASIS Emergency Management Adoption TC

    TC Liaisons

    On January 1, 2015 Health Level Seven International and OASIS signed a Statement of Understanding formalizing a liaison agreement between the two organizations.


    TC Tools and Approved Publications


    Technical Work Produced by the Committee

    Developers please note: Internet searches may lead to earlier versions of schemas, which may cause confusion, if used as implementation directive.
    To ensure that you get the versions that correspond to the published standards, please retrieve them only from the following selection.

    • Common Alerting Protocol 1.2 (EDXL-CAP v1.2, Schema)
    • Warning:

      The current posting for this standard contains the wrong .bmp for the DOM and hence does not reflect one of the submitted changes. The good news is that the normative portion of the document is okay (except bold is missing from MIME type, which would indicate the other change that MIME type is required). The TC is working with the TC Administrator to correct the situation.

      - EDXL-CAP 1.2 Profiles:
    • Common Alerting Protocol 1.1 (EDXL-CAP v1.1) incorporating Errata
    • - EDXL-CAP 1.1 Profile(s):
    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Distribution Element 2.0 (EDXL-DE v2.0)
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Distribution Element 1.0 (EDXL-DE v1.0)
    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Hospital AVailability Exchange 2.0 (EDXL-HAVE v2.0)
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Hospital AVailability Exchange 1.0 (EDXL-HAVE v1.0) incorporating Draft Errata
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Resource Messaging 1.0 (EDXL-RM v1.0) incorporating Draft Errata
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the schema displayed, you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the displayed schema occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Situation Reporting 1.0 (EDXL-SitRep v1.0)
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Tracking Emergency Patients 1.0 (EDXL-TEP v1.0)
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Tracking Emergency Patients 1.1 (EDXL-TEP v1.1)
    • (Schemas below only load when the selection in the dropdown list is changed, so, if you want the main schema you may need to make another selection first, so that selecting the main schema of the named specification occurs as a change.) - xsd Schemas:

    • Emergency Data Exchange Language Tracking Emergency Clients 1.0 (EDXL-TEC Registry v1.0)
    • EDXL-TEC Client Registry Exchange (RelaxNG Schema)

    • Bi-directional Transformation of OASIS EDXL-TEP (Tracking of Emergency Patients) v1.1 and HL7 v2.7.1 (EDXL-TEP-v1.1 to/from HL7 v2.7.1 Committee Note v1.0)
    • TEPv1.1-HL7v2.7.1-Transforms-v1.0 Spreadsheet


    Expository Work Produced by the Committee


    External Resources

    Although not produced by the OASIS Emergency Management TC, the following information offers useful insights into its work.