XML.gov goes live

XML.gov goes live

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

FEB. 5—The Chief Information Officers Council last month brought its prototype site for Extensible Markup Language users online at xml.gov. The site will serve as a clearinghouse for federal XML activities as well as a collaborative workspace.

XML tags make digital documents easier to search and repurpose than Hypertext Markup Language tagging does.

The council asked federal CIOs to register their agencies' XML initiatives on a questionnaire at the site. It particularly encouraged reporting projects in human resources and records management, directory services, electronic forms, financial and performance reporting, and energy and environmental matters.

The council's XML Working Group plans a second generation of the site that will integrate a registry of government-oriented XML data elements and document type definitions into paperwork reduction processes. The working group's next meeting is Feb. 14. More information appears at xml.gov/agendas.cfm.

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