Data Interoperability for Incident Management
The Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL)

Chip Hines
Program Manager, Disaster Management e-Gov Initiative
Department of Homeland Security


Lee Tincher
Consultant, Disaster Management e-Gov Initiative
Department of Homeland Security

June 8, 2005

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Related Websites:
Government Computer News article, 5/2/05
Emergency Interoperability Consortium
OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

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Chip Hines has over 30 years of experience working in the emergency management field, with more than 15 of these spent developing and managing federal programs and systems designed to assist the country in being better prepared to manage emergencies. He has worked in the areas of National Preparedness, Emergency Operations, State and Local Preparedness as well as in Preparedness, Training and Exercises at the federal level.

He is currently the Program Manager for the Disaster Management eGov Initiative run out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a directorate within the Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Masters of Science degree in National Resources Policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He is also a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Mr. Tincher has over 20 years experience in the US Military/US Government computer field. Systems development, systems/data integration, metadata definition, interoperability standards and data standards have been the primary focus of Mr. Tinchers efforts during the last 10 years. As a Team lead for FEMA's Enterprise Data Management team Mr. Tincher developed and implemented metadata standards for incoming systems development and integration, a robust enterprise data dictionary, a consolidated data warehouse, and a conversion process for legacy data into an Enterprise Operational data store. During this time he also was instrumental in the development of the FEMA Enterprise Architecture.

Mr. Tincher co-chaired the initial Metadata working group for the Department of Homeland Security from early 2002 through fall of 2003. Mr. Tincher is currently in a consulting position assigned to the Department of Homeland Security Disaster Management effort. His primary focus in this arena is the development of interoperability standards to support Emergency Response efforts.