Examining the inner workings of XML and NIEM

Friday, March 18, 2011

NIEM, GCN and Semantics

GCN today published an article on NIEM and Semantics which provide some useful background.

The article poses plenty of questions but without too many concrete answers.  Look for more detailed examination of topics of interest here in the coming weeks.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Welcome to XML Orb - our focus explained

Not all XML is created equal. 

For example the NIEM initiative (National Information Exchange Model) for information exchange seeks to create interoperability and reuse guidelines for intra-governmental exchanges.  The challenge then is knowing how well the XML being used for NIEM purposes is actually delivering on the desired executive mission statements.  How well do the engineered XML exchanges align to the modelling view of the information domains?  Above all, how can all this be made simpler and more comprehensible, consistent and reliable.

The goal here at the XML-Orb is to provide insights into all these things XML to help foster better, faster and simpler ways to leverage XML and engineer solutions.  Adhering to the important original tenets underpinning XML.

XML is a block of clay that you can mold and tailor to suit your needs, and of course there is endless amounts of XML other people have likewise purposed.

Remember XML is not just about data, but processes, rules, forms, control, configuration, security, semantics, dictionaries, mapping, simulation and model representations to name just a few uses.

The XML-Orb helps make sense of XML without you requiring a PhD to decipher the theory, specifications, intentions and purpose.  Providing practical examples to illustrate the concepts and promote informed discussion.