Letter to the Editor
To quote Larry Stevens' article "XML: Immature But Growing" on June 4, 2001: "As far as I know, there are
no major government XML-based systems in production."
This is not quite accurate. The Defense Information Systems Agency's
Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment Consortium
includes an organization known as SHared Data Engineering (SHADE). They
have established a DII COE XML Registry, which constitutes guidance in the
generation and use of XML within the COE v4.x data environment and is the
authoritative source for registered XML data and metadata components.
There are already a dozen Defense Department namespaces (collections
of shareable data constructs) with close to 10,000 data items registered.
More information is available at the XML registry Web site at diides.ncr.disa.mil/xmlreg/index.cfm.
While no actual "systems" may be in production yet, XML standards are
being developed to ensure XML among the DOD commanders in chief, services
and agencies is structured for compatibility, interoperability and collaborative
U.S. Joint Forces Command