Navy forms XML groups

The Navy has adopted a formal structure to coordinate the implementation of Extensible Markup Language with the department's systems and applications.

The XML Business Standards Council is one of four new groups that will make up the Department of Navy XML Governance Structure, according to a Navy press release. The other three groups will address technical standards, policy procedures and training and education issues.

The structure, consistent with a Navy XML policy issued last December, will 'coordinate XML component usage within and across functional areas, as well as between the Navy and other DOD entities and federal agencies,' the release said.

The department has also designated 20 'Functional Namespace Coordinators' who will head divisions in the Navy, including personnel and logistics, for helping to develop XML vocabularies within their divisions and across the service.

'We're taking another important step toward realizing our vision of a formal XML governance structure that will provide both short and long-term benefits to the department as it employs this innovative technology,' said Navy Department CIO Dave Wennergren in a statement.

'The council will play a critical role in coordinating the [Navy's] use of XML business standards to maximize our opportunities in this important XML implementation area,' Wennergren added.

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