Accession Number : ADA569250


Title :   Warfighter IT Interoperability Standards Study


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 11 Aug 2011-22 Jul 2012


Corporate Author : BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC BELCAMP MD


Personal Author(s) : Bleach, Richard ; Morosoff, Peter ; Seeley, Jeff


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a569250.pdf


Report Date : 22 Jul 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 109


Abstract : This report explains the findings and recommendations of the Warfighter Information Technology lnteroperability Standards (WITIS) Study on the standards available to facilitate interoperability across the IT systems developed to support Warfighters. The study team found (1) there is no standard DoD definition of interoperability and (2) this leads to a variety of opinions as to whether interoperability is based on 1) just standards such as eXtensible Markup Language (XML) that address formatting but not semantics; 2) semantics (e.g., uniform understanding of the term fire support) and format (syntax); or 3) semantics and format plus relevant policy and procedures, registries, data architecture, and structures such as data models. The study team concluded that creating interoperability requires using the third set of elements (i.e., semantic, format [syntax], and policy and procedures). The biggest gap in creating semantic interoperability is insufficient Army and DoD policy and process on IT interoperability. The study recommends that the IT interoperability gaps in Army and DOD policy and process be identified and closed. Additional actions should be taken to remedy shortcomings with registries and repositories, data architecture, and data models and ontology that impede IT interoperability.


Descriptors :   *INTEROPERABILITY , *STANDARDS , *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , FORMATS , ONTOLOGY , SEMANTICS , SYNTAX , VOCABULARY


Subject Categories : Computer Systems Management and Standards


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE