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Human Services Community Group Launched

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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:44:43 +0000
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To: "Eric Jahn" <eric@ejahn.net>,"Derek Coursen" <derek.coursen@nyu.edu>,"Brian Sokol" <brian_sokol@abtassoc.com>,"Luke Scriver" <lscriver@gmail.com>,"Jahmal Brown" <jb@digitalgnomes.com>,Cc: public-council@w3.org
With your support, the Human Services Community Group has been launched:
  http://www.w3.org/community/humanservices/

To join:
 http://www.w3.org/community/humanservices/join

This group was originally proposed on 2014-05-12
by Eric Jahn. The following people supported its
creation: 
      Eric Jahn
      Derek Coursen
      Brian Sokol
      Luke Scriver
      Jahmal Brown
  
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Goals


The goals of the Community Group on Human Service Data are to:


1. Create an ongoing conversation space around data standards in the
human service sector that will involve stakeholders from multiple
perspectives including:


1a. Both government human service agencies and nonprofits/charities;


1b. Diverse substantive areas (e.g. welfare benefits eligibility,
information and referral services, homelessness, substance abuse, child
welfare, juvenile justice, etc.);


1c. Diverse stakeholder purposes including exchange of data for
operational purposes and collection of
data for performance measurement, evaluation and policy research.


2. Facilitate the development, improvement and convergence of human
service data standards, vocabularies, ontologies, and domain models by:


2a. Fostering wider recognition of existing efforts and artifacts;


2b. Analyzing the strengths, limitations, and areas of overlap,
agreement and divergence of existing efforts and artifacts;


2c. Identifying areas where standards do not yet exist but are needed;


2d. Convening working groups of diverse composition to develop and
improve standards;


2e. Promoting the adoption of standards.


Scope of Work


The boundary of the Community Group’s work is the set of
substantive areas which are recognized in the United States
and/or internationally as falling within the human service
sector. This includes but is not limited to information and
referral services, income support and other welfare benefits,
employment training, homelessness, substance abuse, mental
health, child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and
senior services.


The borders between the human service sector on the one hand and
the health, education and justice sectors on the other hand are
not firmly defined. The community group will be open to working
on any area that is related to the human services and is not
entirely within the boundaries of the health, education or
justice sectors.


Deliverables


To be determined.


Dependencies or Liaisons


The Community Group will seek to form relationships with organizations
including but not limited to:


* American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
* [U.S.] National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Human Service
Domain
* Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)
* Software and Technology Vendors’ Association (SATVA)
* United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA)
* Sahana Software Foundation
* Human Service Information Technology Applications (HUSITA)
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Thank you,

W3C Community Development Team
Received on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 02:44:48 UTC

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