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Emergency Co-ordination Workshop Launched

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) has been adopted as ITU Recommendation X.1303 and become the foundation standard for all media public disaster and emergency warning. WMO is hosting a 2-day Workshop on 9-10 December 2008 in Geneva for people responsible for CAP implementation...

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), is an OASIS standard which has been adopted as ITU Recommendation X.1303 and become the foundation standard for all media public disaster and emergency warning. WMO is hosting a 2-day Workshop on 9-10 December 2008 in Geneva for people responsible for CAP implementation.

Designed as an all-hazards alert format, CAP is envisioned to be implemented worldwide for earthquakes, public health and many other emergencies, in addition to weather events. WMO is hosting a 2-day CAP Implementers Workshop 9-10 December 2008 in Geneva, in cooperation with OASIS and ITU.

The workshop will be run by Dr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Senior Adviser on International Standards Policy at OASIS. "As a former director of the UN, I think it is vital that developing countries' governments and telecommunications enterprises and agencies get as many opportunities as possible to learn about the most efficient and cost-effective warning systems for natural disasters and other hazards", said Dr. Cosgrove-Sacks, commenting at the launch of the workshop.

Discussion topics will include:

  • making globally unique identifiers for CAP alerts
  • best practices for disseminating CAP alerts (radio/tv, RSS/Atom, SMS, e-mail...)
  • determining the standards-compliance of a CAP implementation
  • use of CAP for disease surveillance
  • mechanisms to discover and validate CAP feeds
  • multi-language CAP brokers
  • unique identifier for events

The workshop is free but advance registration is essential.

About OASIS

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

About WMO

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the UN's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

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