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Object Management Group Defines Next Generation of Standards at La Jolla, California, USA Technical Meeting

Needham, MA - December 28, 2015 - The Object Management Group® (OMG®) held its quarterly Technical Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, USA, from December 7-11, 2015. At its meeting, the international, open membership, not-for-profit standards consortium issued draft specifications and requirements to advance its standardization program in multiple areas of information technology including:

  • Automated Enhancement Points (AEP) Request for Comments (RFC) - This draft specification of a uniform measure for accurate software sizing is being issued for comments from the industry. It provides a standardized way of accurately measuring software size, which is critical to productivity analysis, vendor management and maintenance and enhancement work.
  • Languages, Countries and Codes (LCC) Request for Comments (RFC) - This draft specification provides formal, machine-readable representations of the names of countries and regions worldwide, and the languages spoken within them, thus providing an essential foundation for many financial, commercial, government and academic applications. The ontologies in this specification are based on two existing ISO standards: ISO 639, Codes for the representation of language names, and ISO 3166, Codes for representing country names and their subdivisions. Comments are welcomed from relevant industry experts, to inform an OMG decision on formally publishing this specification during 2016.
  • Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM) 2.0 Request for Comments (RFC) - This draft specification builds on the first version of OMG's successful SACM specification for recording and exchanging design information about safety-critical systems. Assurance Cases are sets of auditable claims, arguments, and evidence created to verify that a defined system will satisfy specific requirements. Comments on this draft specification are welcomed from relevant experts.
  • Healthcare Ordering Service Request for Proposals (RFP) - This detailed requirements document solicits specifications for an efficient, accurate order management interface that supports quality patient care, referral management and care coordination across an increasingly complex network of heterogeneous provider organizations.
  • Cyber Security Protection for Front-Line RT Systems Request for Information (RFI) - To prepare for forthcoming standardization work on cyber protection for military and first responders' real-time, front-line information systems, OMG is soliciting input from all organizations and individuals with expertise or relevant experience in this field.
  • Data Residency Request for Information (RFI) - As individual and corporate data is increasingly stored in and moved between multiple jurisdictions around the globe, data owners, data controllers and national regulators are increasingly demanding detailed information on exactly which laws and regulations govern the storage and disclosure of that data. This RFI solicits information about issues and practices related to the location of data, movement of data across geographies and jurisdictions, and protection of that data against inadvertent access, to prepare for possible future OMG standardization work in this area.

Further details of all of the above activities can be found on OMG's Public Schedule web page:

OMG Technical Committees also reviewed these proposed new specifications:

  • OntoIOp/DOL™ submission - A specification for an abstract metalanguage with an associated metamodel targeted at cross-language interoperability among a class of concrete languages used to record logical expressions found in ontologies, models and specifications.
  • Hardware Abstraction Layer for Robotic Technology™ (HAL4RT™) submission - This specification provides the base portion of a software platform for robotics and control systems, and aims to enable applications to run on different hardware.
  • FIBO® Financial Business and Commerce (FBC) submission - This specification includes ontologies that define financial instruments, functional entities such as banks and regulators, and financial products and services within the framework of the Financial Industry Business Ontology® (FIBO).

OMG members are currently holding a vote on whether the organization should publish these submissions as OMG specifications. All OMG specifications are available for free download on the OMG website:

During the week, OMG held informational events for the public:

  • Business Architecture Reference Model Building Workshop
  • Industrial Internet West Coast Forum - Beyond the Hype: Deploying the Industrial IoT in the Real World
  • Introduction to OMG's Modeling & Middleware Specifications Tutorial
  • OMG Standards at Work in the Industrial Internet of Things
  • Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) Summit

Presentations from all events can be found here.

OMG members will next meet in Reston, Virginia, USA, from March 14-18, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reston hotel. Learn more: For more information about OMG, visit us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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