Thursday, August 25, 2005

Federal architects ready glossary of terms

David Perera, Federal Computer Week

The federal Chief Architects Forum has posted working draft definitions of 175 enterprise architecture terms on its public wiki site.

Volunteers from industry and government are working to define the most common architecture terms, from “application” to “Extensible Markup Language schema.” “Having support helps,” said Ira Grossman, chairman of the forum.

Because the wiki is a public site, people can immediately start commenting on the definitions, but a formalized process will be set up in the next two or three months, Grossman added. Further rounds of rewriting, editing and reviewing still need to be completed, he said.

As Americans, we can be very proud that our government has set a new precedent for open discussion for software standards. I trust others will embrace this approach.

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