The ENLC creates, adopts, implements, and maintains environmental data standards. The development process is collaborative, flexible, and adaptable to changes in technology and evolving Partner relationships. The life cycle of a data standard is presented here and in the figure ENLC Data Standards Life-Cycle.
- ENLC forwards a request to develop a data standard to the NTB.
- NTB provides a list of requests to ENLC for review and prioritization.
- NTB commissions a feasibility analysis, when necessary, for approved areas of work. Contractor support may be used to conduct feasibility analyses. The feasibility analysis may consist of a brief discussion or a more significant analysis.
- Feasibility analysis is conducted. This includes a review of any related standards’ status, maturity, and utility, and other relevant factors.
- NTB reviews the feasibility analysis and makes recommendations to the ENLC to:
– Proceed with data standards development
– Request additional information
– Postpone the development due to resource limitations or priorities
– Reject the request because the business need is not compelling, costs are prohibitive to Partners, or for other reasons
- NTB notifies the requestor of the ENLC’s decision.
- If the decision is to proceed, the NTB commissions the tasking of staff and budget to support the development of the data standard. This includes:
– Forming an Action Team;
– Developing an Action Team charter and a schedule of key milestones;
– Securing the necessary support, including meeting facilitation, travel support, and technical contractor assistance;
– Establishing an online work site;
– Notifying Exchange Network Partners that a standard development process is underway.
- Action Team develops the draft standard through a series of conference calls, emails, and meetings.
- NTB notifies the ENLC when the draft standard is ready for technical review.
- NTB facilitates development of communication materials and coordinates with Partners to ensure proper notification for the technical review.
- NTB distributes the draft to other(non Partner) technical reviewers.
- NTB, in consultation with its Partners, facilitates the receipt and resolution of technical comments with the Action Team.
- Action Team revises the draft as appropriate and submits to the NTB for approval.
- Action Team, with NTB support, prepares final documents (including a draft FR Notice) and communication materials for public review in the Federal Register.
- NTB briefs the ENLC on the data standard.
- ENLC approves the data standard for public review.
- NTB facilitates publication in the Federal Register through EPA and coordinates communication with Partners.
- NTB facilitates resolution of received comments with the Action Team, including any needed communication with commenters and documentation in a comment resolution matrix.
- The comment resolution matrix is made available to the Exchange Network community on the collaborative site.
- Action Team prepares final data standard documents and communication materials.
- Action Team forwards final draft data standard to NTB for review and approval. The NTB may request further revisions.
- Action Team, in consultation with the NTB, briefs the ENLC that a final standard is ready for adoption.
- NTB forwards final standard to ENLC for review and approval. The ENLC may request further revisions.
- NTB facilitates development of communication materials and coordinates with Partners to ensure proper notification of ENLC adoption of a new data standard.
Once the ENLC approves a data standard:
- NTB facilitates posting of the final data standard on the Exchange Network website.
- Action Team develops shared XML schema components.
- Action Team forwards shared XML schema components to NTB.
- NTB reviews and approves shared XML schema components and facilitates their posting to the XML registry.
- Action Team members compile Lessons Learned and submits to the NTB.
- NTB disbands Action Team.