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Thursday, October 17, 2002
eDirectory 8.7

Beth Cohen of Internet.com highlights some of the features in Novell's eDirectory 8.7:

  • Publisher Channel - Sends data from various systems to eDirectory.
  • Subscriber Channel.- Sends data from eDirectory to various systems.
  • DirXML Driver - Handles the communication between DirXML engine and the application but not the rule processing. This includes receiving the XML document and translating it into a set of commands, which are then sent to the appropriate data store. Note that DirXML 1.1 no longer requires eDirectory and DirXML running on the server allowing remote drivers to be dynamically loaded.
  • DirXML Engine - Translates directory events such as add, modify, or delete to an XML document. Translation involves processing various filters, rules, and style sheets to achieve the desired result.
  • Objects - eDirectory operations involve certain key objects, DirXML-DriverSet, DirXML-Driver, DirXML-Publisher, and DirXML-Subscriber.
  • Filters - determine which attributes such as name or address will be affected for this particular channel session.
      Rules Sets
    • Object mapping - Associates an object in the eDirectory schema with an object in the external application.
    • Matching - Determines the attributes and values in eDirectory and the corresponding application that must match before creating an association attribute.
    • Create Object - Specifies the attribute and values that must be in place before a new object or record is created.
    • Placement - Specifies the location in the application the objects are stored. Multiple rules are typically used.
  • XSLT Style sheets - Define the XLST transformation rules that transforms commands or directory events found in the XML documents.

Meanwhile, we are implementing RSS gadgets as part of our new intranet implementation.  Now if we can only get State agencies to build and maintain the feeds.

1:51:03 PM    
ESRl Case Study on GIS in Utah

ESRI on GIS in Utah:

Twenty-five years after the initial recommendation to create it,the SGID is now one of the most complete and sophisticated geographic data clearinghouses in the nation.In its state profile of Utah,the Western Governor ís Association said,"Utah has perhaps the strongest direction for geographic information and related technology among the western states.

I expect GIS use to grow even faster in the future.   Yesterday, we met with the enterprise project team working on our enterprise licensing/permitting project and everyone recognized  the strong potential for added value using GIS to identify things like medical professionals by geographic area.  Later in the day, our homeland security team reached similar conclusions.

1:39:42 PM    
October Issue of Capitol Connections
We released the October issue of Capitol Connections last Friday.  This issue includes Governor Leavitt's message to state employees on conservation and a whitepaper from CIO Phil Windley on enterprise IT.
1:16:37 PM    
Bangladesh Delegation

I met this morning with the delegation from Bangladesh.  Ali Reza is the Assistant Chief of the Ministry of Science and Information Communication TechnologyTarique Barkatullah is an operations manager with the Bangladesh Computer Council which is the central IT support organization for the country.  Partha Pratim Sarker is an IT consultant and the founder of a company called "Bytes for All".  Professor Kenneth Keniston of MIT calls Bytes for All "the single most valuable source of information on 'IT for the people' projects anywhere in South Asia."

Shahid Uddin Akbar is a senior officer with National Bank Ltd. of Bangladesh.  This was a very bright, intelligent group that will make an impact on their country.  Shahid is working with the Information & Communication Technology Development Program in Bangladesh to build digital networks through rural-based telecenters for Information services on agriculture, health, social services, education and the environment.  This article in BBC tells a little more about Akbar's efforts.  He is also a promoter of the TechBangla initiative.

11:07:06 AM    

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