I hope the good doctor has some thoughts and comments on this...
Shady Kanfi wrote:
> 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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> Shady Kanfi
> Program Officer, Bellanet International Secretariat
> Ottawa, Canada
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