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Visual Ontological Language for Technical Standards (VOLTS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 70NANB15H289
Agency Tracking Number: 064.01.02-2015
Amount: $99,803.10
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-02-28
Small Business Information
2102 N. Forbes Blvd, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85745
United States
DUNS: 961573057
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sean  Whitsitt
 (520) 261-8378
Business Contact
 Eric Smith
Phone: (520) 907-5550
Research Institution

Current research shows that failures in the standardization process are often the result of a failure of the participants to communicate or organize. To this effect, NIST has developed a tool, NIST Ontological Visualization Interface for Standards (NOVIS), with an environment for visualizing, browsing, and querying standards. Aztera will create a Computer Aided Standards Development (CASD) framework based on concepts from NOVIS, Model Driven Engineering (MDE), Version Control Systems (VCSs), and Software Development. This framework will be a Visual Ontological Language for Technical Standards (VOLTS). VOLTS will help shepard standards through the development, deployment, and maintenance stages. In Phase I, Aztera will develop mechanisms by which existing standards can be imported into and exported from this information model using existing materials. In Phase II, Aztera will integrate tools for creating, linking, and versioning standards.

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