Navy XML policy signed
- By Matthew French
- Dec 17, 2002
Navy chief information officer David Wennergren has signed the Navy's Extensible Markup Language policy, setting the standard for how XML will be used within
the service. XML facilitates information exchange among applications and
systems because it enables agencies to tag data and documents.
"Interoperability is a cornerstone of [the Navy Department's] efforts
to strengthen its independent operations and, subsequently, improve the
warfighter's ability to find, retrieve, process and exchange information,"
Wennergren said in a Dec. 13 statement to Navy commanders. "The department,
like many government and private-sector organizations, has increasingly
looked to XML technology to meet its data-sharing needs." The policy's overall
goals are to promote XML as a technology to help achieve interoperability
throughout the Navy and serve as a guideline to support interoperability
among the Navy and other DOD components.
Michael Jacobs, chairman of the Navy's XML Working Group, said five
teams each would have a different responsibility in determining the best
way to begin implementing the policy. However, a timeline has yet to be
established for when XML deployment across the Navy would be completed.
The Navy's XML standard, which also applies to the Marine Corps, already
has received high marks from other government XML leaders.
"I read their policy document and found it to be excellent and comprehensive
the best I have seen in the federal government, or anywhere for that
matter," said Brand Niemann, a computer scientist and XML Web services solutions
architect with the Environmental Protection Agency. Niemann also heads the
XML Web Services Working Group established by the CIO Council.
"Successful XML implementation requires a firm commitment to coordination,"
Wennergren said. "I strongly encourage [the commanders] to review and adhere
to the policy, which is crucial to our work to foster XML coordination among
DON programs and commands."