History of the stratml.net Domain

In 2017 those who had been using the stratml.net domain to host Japanese text abandoned the domain, and on August 8, Owen Ambur reacquired it for a period of five years.


Late in 2013 Sebastian Snopeck offered to sell the stratml.net domain back to AIIM but at a price AIIM’s leadership was unwilling to pay.  Therefore, rather than allowing him to continue to hold the standard hostage, the StratML Committee decided to abandon stratml.net domain as the namespace for the standard and switch to a URN instead.  The change was published in the ISO version of StratML Part 1, Strategic Plans, (ISO 17469-1) as well as Part 3, Additional Elements, when is it published as an AIIM best practice.  It was also made in StratML Part 2, Performance Plans and Reports (ANSI/AIIM 22:2017).


Subsequently, the stratml.net domain was acquired by someone in Japan.  We don’t know the significance of that domain to them, but here is a screen shot of its content as of July 20, 2015:



OCEG owns the stratml.org (as well as the stratml.com) domain and agreed in a teleconference to turn it over to AIIM.  That did not occurr but, as of early 2015, OCEG was redirecting those domains to http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/.  Subsequently, at the suggestion of Owen Ambur, they redirected those domains to stratml.us.

Andre Cusson, a member of the StratML Committee, owns the stratml.info domain and offered it for any use the Committee may wish to make of it.

GSA has indicated it plans to phase out the fido.gov domain.  So the content currently at stratml.fido.gov will need to be migrated to a new domain. Bruce Troutman plans to maintain the legacy content from the fido.gov domain at govwebs.net, but Owen Ambur has acquired the stratml.us domain as a possible location for the StratML collection.  As of July 2015, Owen was redirecting stratml.us to http://xml.govwebs.net/stratml/index.htm

As of October 31, 2012

AIIM originally registered the stratml.net domain as the namespace for the Strategy Markup Language (StratML) standard (ANSI/AIIM 21:2009 & 22:2011).  However, AIIM's marketing department inadvertently failed to renew it and Sebastian Snopeck of Poland subsequently acquired it and is using it to direct traffic to the Payday Loans site depicted in the image at the bottom of this page.

Immediately below is a copy of Owen Ambur's E-mail exchange with Sebastian in August 2012.  However, since that time Sebastian has failed to respond to further inquiries.  It is beginning to look like he may force the AIIM to acquire another domain for the StratML standard.  His motivations and intentions are unclear.

From: Sebastian Snopek [mailto:sebastian.snopek@yahoo.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:47 AM
To: Owen Ambur
Subject: Re: StratML & the stratml.net Domain



I will help you with this one once I'm back from my vacation (Friday). Stay tuned I will get back to you ;)

Kind regards,



From: Owen Ambur <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>
To: sebastian.snopek@yahoo.ca
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 4:58:56 AM
Subject: FW: StratML & the stratml.net Domain


Sebastian, I trust that you’re a busy guy but I’d appreciate a reply.




From: Owen Ambur [mailto:Owen.Ambur@verizon.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 12:58 PM
To: 'sebastian.snopek@yahoo.ca'
Subject: StratML & the stratml.net Domain


Sebastian, thanks for accepting my invitation on LinkedIn.  It was prompted by the fact that you now own the stratml.net domain, which AIIM inadvertently failed to maintain in support of the Strategy Markup Language (StratML) standard (ANSI/AIIM 21:2009 & 22:2011).


I see on your profile that you have an interest in “digital strategic planning”.  If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to check out StratML.  Its purposes are outlined at http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm and its vision is:  A worldwide web of intentions, stakeholders, and results.  See also AIIM’s StratML page at http://www.aiim.org/Research-and-Publications/Standards/Committees/StratML


Do you have any particular plans for the stratml.net domain?  Might you be willing to allow AIIM to reclaim it?  If so, I would be happy to see that you are credited for having done so at http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm#Services and in StratML Part 3, when it is published.


I am always on the lookout for opportunities to raise awareness and foster usage of the StratML standard.  Good tools, applications, and services will be required to support its purposes, and its vision represents a tremendous opportunity for enlightened application vendors and service providers.  None of the existing “social” networking services are mature for business-quality usage.  Use of an open standard like StratML is required to enable folks like you and me to connect on the basis of shared values and common objectives … rather than merely what we look like (Facebook), whom we know (LinkedIn), or what we happen to be doing at the moment (Twitter).  


If you’re interested in pursuing such opportunities, I’ll be happy to respond to any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.


BTW, I am a retired employee of the U.S. federal government.  Since the taxpayers are already paying me a pension they cannot afford, I feel an obligation to give back and have no interest in commercializing StratML myself.  However, I am very interested in helping others do so, particularly those who share my commitment to public service.


Owen Ambur

Co-Chair, AIIM StratML Committee

Co-Chair Emeritus, xml.gov CoP

Communications/Membership Director, FIRM

Former Project Manager, ET.gov

Invited Expert, W3C eGov IG