The ET process will make it easy for users to identify and, in turn, to discover proposed emerging technology (ET) components of potential interest to them, via a Web-based interface. It will also assist the co-chairs of the ET Subcommittee in determining priorities for technical assessments by the Subcommittee, based upon the levels of interest and commitment documented in the process.
I had the pleasure of participating in a usability test for ET.gov. Anyone, vendors, federal agencies, municipalities, stardards bodies, will be able to go to ET.gov and propose a component. As I understand it, component is loosely defined, it could be a standard like the Global Justice XML Data Model or a hardware component such as an antenna. The user will be given a schema that they can put on their web site and their information will be entered into a federal data base. The federal development team has done a good job of developing an intuitive web interface, just a little bit of tweaking and it will be a hit with the public.
ET.gov is great news for small vendors, such as kind Presto Vivace represents; because it will offer an economical way for them present their product to the federal market.
Component Organization and Registration Environment
EmergingTechnology.gov, Overview and Status
Community of Practice XML
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