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PHMSA leverages PODS. Open Group rolls-out web ontology guide. Oasis defends ‘de jure.’

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has completed the migration of the 510,917-mile national pipeline mapping system (NPMS) to a database based on the Pipeline Open Data Standards organization’s data model, PODS. Using PODS means that the PHMSA can now track attributes in a ‘pipe-centric’ manner and view changes to a pipe segment throughout time. Operator performance can be separated from pipeline performance and changes in submissions identified. The results can be viewed on


The Open Group has announced a service-oriented ontology standard (SOOS) leveraging the W3C’s Web Ontology Language (OWL). SOOS targets business users and developers with a 90 page how-to guide for SOA and OWL deployment. More from


Laurent Liscia, Executive Director of the Oasis standards body, in his 2010 roundup reflects on ‘pushback’ from the ‘de jure’ European Standards Organization with regard to the validity of industry-led consortia such as Oasis. Fortunately, Oasis’ ‘indefatigable diplomacy’ has meant that the organization is now regarded by the European Commission in the same light the W3C and IETF and it is expected that upcoming procurement legislation will reflect such esteem, allowing Oasis standards to be referenced in public procurement. More from

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