CIO Council launches site for XML pilots

CIO Council launches site for XML pilots

The government has begun at least seven Extensible Markup Language projects, according to the new clearinghouse site.

Owen Ambur
The Chief Information Officers Council last month brought the prototype site online for XML users and collaborators. The projects listed on the site focus mostly on exchanging data about products and government permits.

The site showcases the work of XML users sponsored by the CIO Council, the Energy Department and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, which is developing a complete set of XML tools for government data centers to handle tables, queries and metadata.

Owen Ambur of the Fish and Wildlife Service, a member of the council's XML Working Group, said he expects to find 'synergies for groups with large amounts of data.'

The CIO Council has asked federal CIOs to register their agencies' XML initiatives at the site. A second-generation version of the site will integrate a registry of government-oriented XML data elements and document type definitions into paperwork reduction processes.

The working group in April will hear about XML use at the Defense Logistics Information Service and at GSA, as part of the RosettaNet global commerce initiative. More information is available at

'S.M. Menke


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