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U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of Wildland Fire
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IRWIN Project Scope



The IRWIN project will design and develop an Operational Data Store that facilitates the sharing of wildland fire data elements via the interconnection of primary systems.  IRWIN will also design and develop a dashboard capability that provides a single authoritative source for querying fire occurrence data.

The IRWIN project is focused on data related to fire occurrence and fire management.  Examples include:  fire location and size; status of fire management operations; financial and staffing statistics; resources deployed to support the operations (aircraft; personnel, fire engines, etc.); local condition information, such as topology or vegetation inventory; situational analysis of the fire compiled from models and/or decision support applications (e.g., WFDSS); and, current and historical weather conditions.  IRWIN development will include identifying specific required data elements based on stakeholder needs.

Wenatchee Dispatch editedIRWIN will rely on approved interagency data standards for data exchange between systems.  IRWIN may provide assistance or support to facilitate the timely development and approval of critical interagency data standards.

IRWIN will focus on providing the most current information available from a variety of systems for both data exchange and data query.  However, IRWIN will not impose on processes that require instantaneous transactions, like those between a Computer Aided Dispatch system and the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS). 

IRWIN is expected to provide some of the foundational application support architecture for an interagency Enterprise Fire IT effort, currently being undertaken by DOI in partnership with the USFS.