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Re: ANSI/AIIM 21:2009, StratML Part 1

From: <Niemann.Brand@epamail.epa.gov>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:39:57 -0500
To: "Owen Ambur" <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>
Cc: board@firmcouncil.org, "eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, public-egov-ig-request@w3.org, "'Metagovernment Startup Committee'" <start@metagovernment.org>
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Owen, Congratulations!  How about applying this now to the new Open
Government Directive? Happy New Year! Brand

  From:       "Owen Ambur" <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>                                                                               
  To:         "eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, "'Metagovernment Startup Committee'" <start@metagovernment.org>,                 
  Date:       01/01/2010 01:03 PM                                                                                                 
  Subject:    ANSI/AIIM 21:2009, StratML Part 1                                                                                   

Happy new year, one and all!

Presuming that you haven’t already seen it, I encourage you to check out
AIIM’s announcement of Part 1 of the Strategy Markup Language (StratML)

It doesn’t have any official standing among .gov agencies yet and the
tools/services that have been developed thus far are best characterized
as prototypes:  http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm#Forms &

However, it was referenced in Beth Noveck’s wrap-up to the open gov
brainstorming session on collaboration:

Usage of StratML Part 1 has been demonstrated with more than 550 plans,
including those of all of the U.S. federal Cabinet-level agencies, most
of the members of the Small Agency Council (SAC), and more than 250
non-profit, public service organizations.

As far as I am aware, it is the only open, standard way in which
agencies can comply with provisions of subsections 202(b)(4) & (5) and
207(d) of the eGov Act, which respectively require agencies to:
      Work together to link their performance goals to key groups,
      including citizens, businesses, and other governments, as well as
      internal Federal Government operations; and
      Adopt open standards enabling the organization and categorization
      of Government information in a way that is searchable
      electronically and interoperably across agencies.
The eGov Act expressly references “extensible markup language” as the
sort of standard technology that should be used.  See the text
highlighted in red at http://xml.gov/documents/completed/eGovXML.htm

OMB Circular A-119 charges agencies with participating in the
development and use of voluntary consensus standards, like StratML.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/rewrite/circulars/a119/a119.html  And the
Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requires them to consult
with their stakeholders in compiling and maintaining their strategic and
performance plans.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/mgmt-gpra_gplaw2m/

Publication of StratML Part 1 as an ANSI/AIIM standard is particularly
relevant and timely with respect to OMB M-10-06, which directs agencies
to compile open gov plans and post information in an open format.  See
objectives 3.a and 1.b in the StratML rendition of the memo at

The guidance provided in the attachment to the memo has been rendered as
a model plan in StratML format at http://xml.gov/stratml/MOGP.xml  Since
I compiled it in InfoPath, MSIE tries to open InfoPath but other
browsers should ignore the InfoPath processing instruction and open the
file as plain XML text.  Since XML and, thus, StratML files are in
“open” format, they can be viewed and edited in any XML-enabled
application or text editor.  (It will be interesting to see how the
patent infringement case may affect the ability of MS Word to open and
edit StratML files.)

A set of StratML FAQ is available at
http://www.aiim.org/standards/article.aspx?ID=37932 and a draft overview
presentation at http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm#WorkResults or, more
specifically, http://xml.gov/stratml/draft/ANSIAIIM212009.ppt

If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to try to answer them.

Owen Ambur
Co-Chair, AIIM StratML Committee
Co-Chair Emeritus, xml.gov CoP
Communications/Membership Director, FIRM
Former Project Mananger, ET.gov
Invited Expert, W3C eGov IG

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