OMB releases new version of DRM

The Office of Management and Budget has posted the second version of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Data Reference Model.

OMB intends for the DRM to be used by federal data and system architects to describe information in such a way that it can be easily located and used across multiple federal agencies. It provides the resources to standardize the description and context and means of sharing data.

Michael Daconta, the Homeland Security Department's metadata program manager, served as the lead architect for the DRM. The working group submitted the revised draft to the CIO Council in October, which reviewed the document and submitted it to OMB a month later.

Cross-agency sharing of information 'will happen more and more frequently,' Daconta said at the Storage to Knowledge conference held in October by PostNewsweek Tech Media, which publishes GCN. 'The DRM will be the blueprint to get you there.'

The new version of the document heavily revises the older version, which was released in September 2004 and subsequently criticized for insufficient specificity. While that document was 28 pages in length, the new version is 110 pages.

The new document adds more details on description, context and sharing attributes, and adds a DRM abstract model, which depicts the major concepts from each standardization area, allowing managers to understand the relationships between them.

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

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