(PR) 45-day Public Review for Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Distribution Element Version 2.0
The OASIS Emergency Management TC  members have recently approved a Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 45-day public review:
Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Distribution Element Version 2.0
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
08 November 2011
This Distribution Element 2.0 (DE 2.0) specification describes a standard message distribution format for data sharing among emergency information systems. The DE 2.0 serves two important purposes:
(1) The DE 2.0 allows an organization to wrap separate but related pieces of emergency information, including any of the EDXL message types, into a single "package" for easier and more useful distribution;
(2) The DE 2.0 allows an organization to "address" the package to organizations or individuals with specified roles, located in specified locations or those interested in specified keywords.
This version of the DE expands the ability to use local community-defined terms, uses a profile of the Geographic Markup Language (GML), follows best practices for naming conventions, provides the capability to link content objects, and is reorganized for increased flexibility and reuse of common types. The DE 2.0 packages and addresses emergency information for effective distribution with improved standardization and tailorability for user needs.
The mission of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee is to create incident and emergency-related standards for data interoperability. The TC welcomes participation from members of the emergency management community, developers and implementers, and members of the public concerned with disaster management and response. Current EM TC efforts include the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL), a broad initiative to create an integrated framework for a wide range of emergency data exchange standards to support operations, logistics, planning and finance. Specific standards include Common Alerting Protocol (EDXL-CAP), Distribution Element (EDXL-DE), Hospital AVailability Exchange (EDXL-HAVE), Resource Messaging (EDXL-RM), Reference Information Model (EDXL-RIM), Situation Reporting (EDXL-SitRep), and Tracking Emergency Patients (EDXL-TEP).
Public Review Period:
The public review starts Friday, 9 December 2011 and ends 23 January 2011.
This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.
The complete package of the prose specification document and related files are available in the ZIP distribution file at:
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All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL)Distribution Element 2.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy  applicable especially  to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.
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 OASIS Emergency Management TC