The international emergency response community has begun work on a common set of standards for exchanging information on incident preparedness and response to emergency situations. Through the OASIS Emergency Interoperability group, organisations responsible for international emergency response will aim to address the life-cycle of emergency communications standards from requirements capture to standard creation and adoption services.
David Lamensdorf, chair of the OASIS EI Member Section Steering Committee, said, "XML standards are crucial to solving data sharing problems that are commonly encountered during emergency operations."
Elysa Jones, who also chairs the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee, said, "We are going to be addressing global interoperability issues and identifying areas where new standards are needed. We will help national and local government agencies advocate for the use of emergency standards as a means to enable innovation, freedom of choice, and open access to information."