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45 SECTION 6 Future Stewardship of TransXML 6.1 Introduction requirements, voting procedures, and standards approval processes. Membership in OASIS is required in order to One of the objectives of NCHRP Project 20-64 was to participate in technical committees. Membership fees in define an appropriate mechanism for continued maintenance OASIS are $250 (for individuals), and between $1,000 and and development of XML schemas for transportation data $5,750 for organizations (higher-cost sponsorship mem- exchange after the project is completed. This section presents berships are also offered). OASIS membership composition the analysis of options for ongoing stewardship of Trans- is currently 15 percent government and academic, 51 per- XML. To develop a stewardship approach for TransXML, the cent technology providers, and 34 percent users. Current research team first looked at existing models for XML stew- government members are primarily from the legal/justice, ardship in other domain areas. The team looked at their homeland security, and defense communities. Examples of organization, funding, participants, and activities. Based on currently active OASIS technical committees include: elec- the existing models, and the experience gained during NCHRP tion and voter services, electronic procurement, emergency Project 20-64, the research team developed a proposed mission management, and product life-cycle support. statement for a future TransXML project, along with a set of Justice--The JusticeXML data model was developed goals and functions. Then, four options for future stewardship jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)--Office of were identified and evaluated. Finally, a more specific 2-year Justice Programs (OJP), and the Global Justice Informa- implementation plan for TransXML was developed. tion Sharing Initiative (Global). The U.S. Attorney General In the remainder of this section, the name NCHRP Project approved establishment of the Global Advisory Commit- 20-64 is used to refer to the initial TransXML effort that is the tee (GAC) in 2000, to "ensure appropriate input from topic of this final report. The name TransXML Project is used local, state, tribal, and Federal agencies regarding informa- to refer to a broader continuing effort that will ideally evolve tion sharing and integration within the justice commu- out of the work from NCHRP 20-64. nity." In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the GAC's charter is for a 2-year period (the 6.2 Existing Models for current charter started October 2002). The U.S. DOJ pro- XML Stewardship vides all support services for the GAC, and its operating expenses (for the 2-year charter period) were estimated at The following existing efforts were identified in order to $2 million. The GAC appoints subject-matter Working understand the range of existing models for stewardship that Groups to research specific topics and prepare recommen- could be considered for TransXML: dations. The Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (ISWG) created the XML Structure Task Force OASIS--The Organization for the Advancement of Struc- (XSTF) to develop the Global JusticeXML Data Dictionary tured Information Standards (OASIS) is a global consor- (GJXDD). This body involved a wide variety of stake- tium founded in 1993 (originally as SGML Open) that holders. The bulk of the technical development work was works toward adoption of e-business standards. OASIS done by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). has established, well-defined mechanisms to support open LandXML--LandXML is a nonprofit industry consortium standards development processes, including formation formed in 2000 to support continued improvement to and of technical committees, membership and participation use of the LandXML schema. There are about 300 members