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eXtensible markup language : its application in development : a report on the application of XML in developing countries : a research study


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Abstract: A study was conducted to gain insight into the relevance of XML for IICD’s local partners in developing countries. The following objectives were formulated: to give an overview of interesting (for IICD's local partners) information resources about XML; to understand the transformation process from existing data into XML/IDML-formatted data; to understand the required processes; and to understand the technical consequences. The international development sector is a very information intensive sector with a lot of inter-organizational information exchange. This means that application of XML, as a means of exchanging structured information, in this sector is a logical step. This can go much further than the type of information at present possible within IDML. Technologically spoken, XML facilitates the autonomy of organizations that share information. This because a stakeholder can save and maintain its information on its own server, choose what to make public so that this can be spidered or harvested by an XML search engine. On the other hand however this requires decisions in the organizational sphere: it demands an active decision not to gather all data to the central level, as was more common in previous information systems, but instead follow this decentralized model.
Authors: Jellema, J. , Verboom, J.
Series Title: Research Report
Category: General
Serial number: 1
Keywords: information and communication technologies , non-governmental organizations
Language: eng
Organization: IICD - International Institute for Communication and Development
PAGE: 26
Place: The Hague
Publisher: IICD
Year: 2001
Region: Africa South of Sahara , Caribbean , Latin America
Right: © 2001 IICD
Subject: Information, Knowledge and Communication
Title: eXtensible markup language : its application in development : a report on the application of XML in developing countries : a research study