Tooling Work Group

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Tooling WG

The Tooling Work Group supports the HL7 mission by overseeing the tools that facilitate the development, adoption and use of HL7 standards, according to the requirements of the HL7 Board and membership needs.

Standing Conference Calls

The Tooling WG will hold a Conference Call at 2 PM Eastern time, each Thursday except during scheduled face-to-face Working Group Meetings unless otherwise noted at Telecon_Agendas.

Conference Call: Uses HL7 Conference Call Service
Dial 770-657-9270 and enter pass code 586935#
GoToMeeting at 482-299-629


The main HL7 Tooling Work Group page has:


Agendas and Meetings


Overview

What we are responsible for

(description is Work In Process - see Tools List discussion)

From Tooling Work Group Web Page Overview - Work Products and Contributions to HL7 Processes:

  • The Tooling Work Group, will make recommendations to the HL7 Board and Technical Steering Committee regarding tools support for the HL7 standards.
  • This work group manages the policies and processes that accomplish the functions of requirements management, configuration management, and deployment management of HL7 developed, endorsed, or fostered tools. This includes mechanisms for testing, evaluating, managing releases, funding, and harmonizing tools work from independent sources.
  • For HL7-owned technology and support, this work group will provide guidance for architecture and technical standards, configuration, development scheduling, technical support and infrastructure.
  • Liaises with tool vendors providing software for HL7 member's use and manages license allocation.
  • This work group will provide a forum for tools input and questions from the HL7 membership.
  • This work group will provide tools training and documentation (in cooperation with the Education Work Group).


Tooling Work Group’s responsibility covers tools developed by and for HL7, as well as those tools that HL7 has fostered the development of either by direct solicitation, or by collaboration with HL7-specific projects outside of the organization. It is expected that the Tooling Work Group will provide a more precise framework and guidelines for licensing future HL7 tools.

Rene: this excludes any work done by this WG to review, categorize, or recommend the use of any public domain HL7-oriented tools that haven't been created under the (partial) responsibility of HL7 International. The group may wish to add specific wording to public domain HL7-specific tools created by third parties (e.g. HAPI, probably the most often used HL7 toolkit, or MARC-HI Everest).


How we work:

(description is Work In Process - see Update the Tooling Work Group wiki page)

Tooling Work Group Mission:

  • The Tooling Work Group supports the HL7 mission by overseeing the tools that facilitate the development, adoption and use of HL7 standards, according to the requirements of the HL7 Board and membership needs.
  • The Tooling Work Group supports the HL7 Board by recommending priorities for expending HL7 resources on tooling activities. Tooling activities involve both paid resources as staff or contracted individuals working on funded projects. All Tooling projects require approval of a Project Scope Statement that is approved by the Tooling Work Group, The Technology and Services Support Steering Division, the HL7 Chief Technology Officer, and for those involving HL7 budget expenditures, the HL7 Board. Contracted resources are acquired through an open process with projects announced on the contracts@lists.hl7.org listserve. Tools provided by volunteers are made available on a "as is" basis but toolsmiths are encouraged to provide appropriate user and system documentation.

Resolved 2011Sept: we prioritize tools:

  1. firstly, based on the critical path to ensure standards are produced on a regular basis according to schedule,
  2. secondly, based on Board direction and
  3. thirdly, subject to available funding to complete an existing tooling project so as not to dilute the ability to fully complete a project.

The HL7 Requirements, Configuration and Deployment Management is found on GForge. This document will be updated in a new project.

HL7 is a charter member of Open Health Tools (OHT), an open source consortium and many of the emerging tools are OHT projects.

The Tooling Work Group follows these Decision Making Practices.

EST Liaisons

EST liaisons are those participants that provide communication and coordination between the EST Work Group and other Work Groups.

Work Groups with interest in tooling should appoint a liaison with the expectation the liaison should provide a liaison update once per month. The intent is to make sure EST is aware of other groups' tooling requirements.

Current liaisons, their represented Groups, and the areas of interest are:

Group Liaison NameArea of interest
AID/RIMBAAMichael Van der ZelTooling for implementers. See RIMBAA_Tooling_Liaison and Implementation Tools for details & status updates.
CGITRob SnelickCGIT interest is any tools involving conformance and best practices for writing IGs
CICAbdul-Malik ShakirMAX Project
CS (Clinical Statement)Rik SmithiesOntology
EHRJohn RitterEHR-S FM Profile Designer (PI 1040) and R3 preparation
EducationDiego KaminkerTooling Education planning
FHIR/FMGLloyd McKenzieFHIR Tooling
Mobile HealthMatt Graham tbd
Patient CareMichael Van der ZelSee Patient Care Tooling Liaison for details & status updates.
PublishingAndy StechishinTooling for publishing.
Structured DocumentsJeff BrownTemplate definition tool
TemplatesAndy StechishinPrimarily interested in a Templates registry, a subset of type of artifacts for the Shared Artifact registry/repository.
HL7 BoardAndy StechishinOverview of the state of HL7 tooling, proposed and current projects and feedback from users on tool requirements and utility.
Open Health "group"Ken RubinMonitoring status of Open Health Tools projects of interest to HL7 and participating in the OHT Architecture Council representing HL7's interests.
VocabularyWoody BeelerVocabulary tooling is the highest priority for funded tools if we had funding.
CIMIMichael van der ZelNEW

Named individuals are expected to provide two-way communication to their respective groups and help the Tooling Work Group keep up with the varying schedules, priorities, interests and issues so that recommendations made to the HL7 Board are consensus recommendations of the entire HL7 community.

  • liaison responsibilities with OHT, SMD, MDHT, IHTSDO WB


Toolsmith Ribbon Recipients

The Tooling Work Group would like to recognize the volunteer efforts of people who have worked on tools used by HL7 and it`s members to design, publish and then adopt HL7 specifications. The tools are available either on HL7`s Gforge site or as Open Health Tool projects. Please notify the co-chairs if you become aware of other volunteers and their tools. Toolsmith ribbons are being included in Working Group packets to increase awareness and recognition for their efforts.

Toolsmith Name Tool Purpose
George 'Woody' BeelerRoseTree & Design RepositoryRIM and Vocabulary Browser, Combined Publishing/Generator Tool Suite, RMIM Designer, V3 Generator
Lloyd McKenzieRMIM Designer, MIF & V3 GeneratorVisio Static Model Designer, Model Interchange Format and V3 Generator
Dale NelsonV3 GeneratorGenerates V3 Schemas
Michael Van der ZelDetailed Clinical Modeling ToolDetailed Clinical Model templates and UML Profile MDG Technology for Enterprise Architect. An extension for creating consistent DCM's conform ISO 13972
EHR-S FM Profile ToolingUML Profile MDG Technology for Enterprise Architect. An extension to Enterprise Architect for creating and validating the FM and Profiles.
MAXImplementation of the MAX idea as an EA Extension
Jean DuteauV3 GeneratorGenerates V3 Schemas
Frank OemigV2 Access DatabaseV2 Messaging structures
Grahame GrieveData Types MIFModel Interface Format definition for Datatypes
Charlie McCayRamsey Systems' Schema Validator & V3 GeneratorV3 Schema Validation Testing and tool to generate V3 schema
Adam FlintonNHS V3 XML Processing UtilitiesV3 XML Utilities at Open Health Tools
Paul BironHL7 V3 XML PublishingV3 Publishing XML Transforms
Stacey BergerMAX PrototypeEnterprise Architect Model Automated Extract Prototype
Robert WordenV2-V3 MappingMaps V2 & other data structures to V3 structures
Dave CarlsonModel Driven Health ToolsCDA Templates Designer with UML output
Harold SolbrigVocabulary ManagerManages HL7 V3 Vocabulary structures
Russ HammVocabulary ManagerManages HL7 V3 Vocabulary structures
Ted KleinOID RegistryManages HL7 OID Registry
Cecil LynchOID RegistryManages HL7 OID Registry
Austin KreislerPub DBPublication Database
Ewout KramerFHIR PubFHIR Publication Tool
Andy StechishinEHR-S FM Profile ToolingUML Profile MDG Technology for Enterprise Architect. An extension to Enterprise Architect for creating and validating the FM and Profiles.
Matthew Graham Messaging Work Bench (MWB)V2 Messaging utility, Delphi-based
Michel Rutten FHIR Forge
Marten Smits FHIR Profile Registry


How you can participate:

  • Requests for new tools should come from a Work Group's Tooling Liaison, if they have one, or from a Work Group's co-chair (if no liaison has been named).
  • Requests for new tools should be added to the Tooling Requests wiki page
  • Requests for enhancements to an existing tool should be added to that tool's GForge tracker. The standard GForge project for each tool should have "Bugs", "Support Requests", and "Feature Requests" trackers. This is also addressed in the Tooling Requests wiki page and also described in the publication on Tooling Requirements on GForge.
  • Participation in testing tools
  • Contributing to user documentation, FAQs, and other feedback mechanisms for tooling.



Hot Topics

  • Eclipse Architecture discussion
  • Tools List discussion - action item assigned to Andy - what the Tooling WG is responsible for, a list of HL7 Tools and links to their documentation,
  • HL7 - Tooling & Electronic Services alignment Andy to do a draft proposal for review in San Diego, to align the requirements gathering and tool selection processes to ensure resources are available to develop or enhance requests for tools that come to either group that may impact the other group. See PI# 801
  • Update and upgrade Tooling Communication - Jane will draft a PSS for 2011Sep WGM to review current communications, create a communication plan to ensure interested parties can be fully informed about the Tooling Work Group processes and tools whether they are HL7 supported or available through other sources including Open Health Tools. See PI# 802
  • Tooling Dashboard - Jane will draft a PSS for 2011Sept WGM to create a visual summary in the form of a “dash board” that provides a snapshot of what tools are available and what tooling projects are in process and what progress has been made. See PI# 803
  • GForge evaluation - Andy will draft a PSS for 2011Sept WGM to describe the intent to evaluate in depth the change to our GForge provider, seeking the widest possible input. See PI# 804

Current Projects/Work

Products/Documents

Overview

Acquisition and Installation

Tool for Publishing and Static Model Design

Other Documentation

Historical Links

links to old project wiki pages (no longer active)

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