AIIM sharpens focus on data sharing standards

AIIM International has started a working group to develop standards for tying together enterprise content management systems. The group plans to develop a Web services-based architecture that agencies could use to manage their content across different vendor's ECM systems. The working group will meet tomorrow in Washington to hash out the basic road map.

'We're looking for input from anyone who is interested in participating,' said Betsy Fanning, director of standards and content development for AIIM.

Paul Fontaine, who works in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the CIO, is an acting co-chairman of this working group, called the Interoperable Enterprise Content Management (iECM) group. The iECM group is in early talks with the Federal CIO Council about obtaining the council's support, according to Fanning.

iECM plans to develop a set of standards describing an interoperable layer of Web services through the input of federal agencies, vendors and other standards groups. The idea is to develop specifications that either vendors of content management systems, or third-party middleware vendors can use to integrate systems.

AIIM defines enterprise content management more broadly than most vendors do. The term encapsulates software products that do records management, collaboration, forms management, electronic publishing, and document and Web content management. The standards will not address content management systems themselves but rather the inputs and outputs of such systems.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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