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Friday, December 14, 2007

AIIM Adopts Strategic Markup Language (StratML)

The AIIM Standards Board has announced that it is adding Strategic
Markup Language (StratML) to its standards program of work. AIIM,
based in Silver Spring, Md., is an enterprise content management
association. Owen Ambur, former senior architect at the Interior
Department, and Adam Schwartz, a program analyst in the Program
Management Office at the Government Printing Office, oversaw development
of that schema, which is designed to encapsulate strategic plans,
performance plans and performance reports in a format based on
Extensible Markup Language (XML), the association said last week. The
standardized XML template and vocabulary will allow agencies and other
organizations to encode their plans and reports so that they can be
easily indexed, shared and processed. They will also allow agencies to
ensure that those products align with policies, standards, goals and
objectives. Four applications have been shown to support StratML:
Microsoft's InfoPath and Word applications, Business Web Software's
AchieveForms, and FormRouter's PDF-Fillable, Ambur said. In addition,
Mark Logic Corp. is developing a StratML search service, and
HyperVision is drafting a quick start guide for Word users. John
Weiler, executive director and co-founder of the Interoperability
Clearinghouse, which brings together standards group for collaboration,
said ICH was looking for ways to funnel strategic planning information
into the architecture and acquisition process. StratML could play a part.

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