Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementers Workshop - 9-10 December 2008 - Geneva

Preliminary Schedule-at-a-Glance

*subject to change


Tuesday, 9 December (Day 1)

8:00-9:00 Registration (lobby at Salle A)
9:00-10:15 Agenda items 1, 2, and 3
1. Organization of the Workshop
2. Keynote Speech
3. Report of Previous ITU/OASIS Workshop

10:15-10:45 Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5 - see below)
10:45-12:00
Agenda item 4
Status Reports on CAP Implementations

  • OASIS Emergency Mangement Technical Committee
  • WMO Public Weather Service
  • ITU work in emergency telecomm and implementations of CAP
  • European Commission (focus on REACT, an EU Project funded under IST)
  • MeteoAlarm, a project of the European Meteorological Agencies (EUMETNET)
  • Integrated Risk Management for Africa (IRMA)
  • Japan Meteorological Agency
  • Meteorological Service of Canada
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States National Weather Service (NWS)
12:00-14:00 Luncheon Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5)

  • AIDA Consortium (Advanced ICT's for DRM for Africa)
  • Blackboard Connect
  • CellCast Technologies
  • EC Joint Research Center
  • Environment Canada
  • ESRI
  • Google
  • MyState USA
  • REACT, EU Project funded under IST
  • Warning Systems
  • World Bank
  • Cell broadcast technical coordination
14:00-15:15
Agenda item 4 (continues)
Status Reports on CAP Implementations

  • OASIS Emergency Mangement Technical Committee
  • WMO Public Weather Service
  • ITU work in emergency telecomm and implementations of CAP
  • European Commission (focus on REACT, an EU Project funded under IST)
  • MeteoAlarm, a project of the European Meteorological Agencies (EUMETNET)
  • Integrated Risk Management for Africa (IRMA)
  • Japan Meteorological Agency
  • Meteorological Service of Canada
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States National Weather Service (NWS)
15:15-15:45 Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5 - see above)
15:45-17:00

Agenda item 6
Hot Topics for Alerting Authorities (Panel Discussion)

  • Best practices for text in the CAP "description" and "instruction" elements
  • Making globally unique identifiers for CAP alerts¬†
  • Best practices for disseminating CAP alerts (radio/tv, RSS/Atom, SMS, e-mail...)¬†
  • Determining the standards-compliance of a CAP implementation
  • Use of CAP for disease surveillance
17:00
Workshop Ends for the Day


Wednesday, 10 December (Day 2)

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:15

Agenda item 7
Key Issues for Intermediaries (Panel Discussion)

  • Mechanisms to discover and validate CAP feeds
  • Having an internationally agreed list of authorities for common types of CAP alerts
  • Best practices for authenticating CAP alerts
  • Best practices for aggregating CAP alerts
  • Multi-language CAP brokers
  • CAP over GTS (WMO's Global Telecommunications System)
  • The GEONETCast Alert Channel
10:15-10:45 Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5 - see above)
10:45-12:00 Agenda item 8
Clarifying Standards Work
(Panel Discussion)


  • Unique identifier for events, e.g., GLIDE number, www.glidenumber.net
  • Use of sub-setting mechanisms (profiles, layers)
  • Best practices for updates and cancels
  • Best practices for AREA blocks and moving threat zones between updates
  • Best practices for Polygons, Preset Polygons, and Motion Vectors
12:00-14:00 Luncheon Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5)

  • AIDA Consortium (Advanced ICT's for DRM for Africa)
  • Blackboard Connect
  • CellCast Technologies
  • EC Joint Research Center
  • Environment Canada
  • ESRI
  • Google
  • MyState USA
  • REACT, EU Project funded under IST
  • Warning Systems
  • World Bank
  • Cell broadcast technical coordination
14:00-15:15

Agenda item 9
Key Issues for Future Action (Panel Discussion)

15:15-15:45 Break & Demonstrations of Technology & Best Practices (Agenda item 5 - see above)
15:45-17:00 Agenda item 10
Concluding Session: Report of Meeting to WMO, ITU and OASIS

Agenda item 11
Closure of Workshop

17:00 Workshop Ends