Hi fellow Afrik-ITers,
I've been fairly silent on this list recently, but here's an announcement
from the Bellanet International Secretariat (where I now work) which might
be of interest to the folks out there. I apologise in advance because the
announcement is not necessarily Africa specific, but if you know how XML
technologies work you'll realise that it can be made to address very
specific African information sharing needs depending on the response there
is from the continent.
Anyway, here's the announcement (will also be posted to GKD, devel-L and the
Acacia-L lists by colleagues of mine).
XML is a new markup standard for networked documents, a set of custom tags
similar to those used in HTML. While implementation of the new
"meta-language" is in full swing by software developers, there is currently
a window of opportunity for various professional groups (medical
practicioners, chemists, engineers, etc.) to use XML to define their own
sector-specific markup languages. The DML Initiative was formed to discuss
the possibility of a Development Markup Language, or DML, for the
international development community.
As it stands, DML will be a data exchange standard for information that is
specific to international development, making it much easier to to share
information with regional offices, partner agencies and with the public. It
will also be easier to find and manage information about all manner of
development related activities.
This is a global standards-setting activity which will have radical
implications for development planning over the next 10-20 years. We urge all
sectors of the development community to participate. Whether you belong to a
multilateral, private sector, charitable, academic, or non-governmental
organization, add your voice to this collaborative effort.To find out more
about the DML Initiative, visit the website hosted by Bellanet, at
[http://www.bellanet.org/xml]. To join the discussion, subscribe to the DML
e-mail list by sending an e-mail message to Lucie Lamoureux
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Program Officer, Bellanet International Secretariat
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