Intelligence Community Docbook

Intelligence Community Docbook

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IC Technical Specifications

XML Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Community Docbook


This XML Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Community Docbook (IC-Docbook.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for xml-encoding of elements within the Intelligence Community (IC) Docbook.


The purpose of IC-Docbook.XML is to create a tailored version of the Docbook template suitable for Intelligence Community (IC) use. This specification creates a customization of Docbook that uses ISM. In doing so, the specification enables systems to explore Docbook for various documentation needs outside of PUBS.XML required uses. For example, the documents within the IC specifications are maintained. By using IC-Docbook for documentation purposes the maintenance of the content and the formatting are separated providing less distraction in producing documentation. The content is maintained in IC-Docbook, and then rendered into various output formats (e.g., PDF) in a consistent manner always. IC-Docbook is a customization of the Docbook Stylesheets to support ISM and a basic rendering.


This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Standards Coordination Activity (DSCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).


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Mission Requirements


This DES is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the IC. These requirements include:

  • Improving publication and dissemination efficiency by reducing the cost and time for performing manual and complex rendering, manipulation, and content transformation of information resource metadata in context of an intelligence publication.
  • Facilitating discovery and exchange of content consisting of mostly text supplemented by interspersed non-textual content (i.e., multi-media) information between collectors, all-source analysts, and consumers.
  • Capturing an intelligence publication's overall security marking metadata in order to support attribute and clearance-based information management practices, such as secure collaboration, content management, content and portion-level filtering of discovery results, and content transfers across security domains.
  • Capturing source reference citations to provide intelligence collectors the ability to systematically analyze how and how often the data they gather or produce is being used in order to facilitate better management of collection and production resources.
  • Capturing source reference citations to enhance the analytic integrity of formally disseminated intelligence information and improving the traceability of collected information to analytic judgments and conclusions.
  • Capturing and retaining a greater understanding of an intelligence publication's meaning, purpose, genesis, and characteristics as identified by a human or service.