Inventory

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Inventory of Applications, Standards and Government Initiatives

This page is created to support the first quarter of the group's acitivity plan, mantaining an inventory of existing applications, standards and government initiatives. At a later stage, these will be used to:

  • Identify gaps in existing standards.
  • Understand and document where new government initiatives will require a change in or will require a new standard.
  • Attempt to problem solve and create solutions for gaps (this should be a group activity).


An 'Identified Issues' entry is also added, where these gaps can be added on an ongoing basis.

Applications

It may be appropriate to limit the focus of this inventory to applications relating directly to the identification, management, and use of technical standards (specifications) by government agencies, such as the following:

Standards

It may be appropriate to limit the focus of this inventory of standards to those W3C Recommendations, OASIS, and AIIM standards that are most important to support the objectives outlined in the eGov IG's charter, such as the following:

  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • XML Schema (XSD)
  • Strategy Markup Language (StratML) - Emerging AIIM Standard
  • Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) - Emerging OASIS Standard

Rendering this inventory in StratML format would produce a strategic plan for interoperability among government agencies and intermediary providers of value-added services to citizens.

Initiatives

It would be good if the standards identified in this inventory could systematically be incorporated into government guidance relating to the use of technical standards, such as the following:

Identified Issues / Recommendations

  • XML schemas (XSDs) should be developed for all governmental information and posted on agency Web sites with documentation included to define each element in plain language.
  • Persistent URIs. Increasing volumes of official reports and documents are published on the web alone making the long term availability of those resources an important issue. In this context 'link rot' is not just an inconvenience of the user, it undermines public accountability as documents cease to be available.
  • All government agencies should publish their strategic plans on their Web sites in StratML format.