SSC pushes for improved XML interoperability

The bulk of this "XML governance" exercise is to be done by a yet-to-be-appointed advisory group

XML is the latest facet of government IT processing to be encompassed by e-GIF, the e-government interoperability framework.

The State Service Commission plans a survey of all XML schemas currently in use in government agencies and what they’re used for, and will follow this with a framework to achieve better interoperability in the use of XML in New Zealand government, says SSC spokesman Jason Ryan.

The bulk of this “XML governance” exercise is to be done by a yet-to-be-appointed advisory group, but as part of the initial scoping step, vendors who deal with XML have been asked to a two-hour forum to give an account of what they have achieved in working with government agencies.

“The forum: is not commercial and will not lead to commercial advantage for any participants,” says the invitation, posted on the government electronic tenders service (GETS) website.

“All the information generated will be shared throughout the industry. People who attend need to have the technical knowledge to participate [The forum] is a venue for people to get involved and give freely of their time, knowledge and experience.”

The forum will be held on July 25, starting at 12 noon, in the SSC’s Wellington head office.

The advisory group is expected to be in place by late next month, says the SSC’s Ryan.

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