Data Reference Model already being revised

Michael Daconta

The Data Reference Model, the final piece of the Federal Enterprise Architecture, is only a few months old, and already federal officials are making plans to revise it.

The Office of Management and Budget released the first version of the reference model in October, but federal officials were unsure of how to implement some parts, such as defining certain data types in the business context and packaging information to be shared.

Michael Daconta, metadata program manager for the Homeland Security Department, said earlier this month that the strategy to revise the reference model would be finished by the end of next month. He plans to set up three working groups to begin the improvement efforts.

'Version 1.0 of the DRM had some holes,' Daconta said at a breakfast discussion sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council of Fairfax, Va. 'It did not address the security and privacy issues of data that is very important if agencies are going to share information with confidence.'

Daconta, who did not work on Version 1.0, said he did not know why the model omitted security and privacy information initially, but that it would be included in the upcoming version.

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