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					                                (See Note A at end of
                                document for definition
                                of Application
                                Development Stage)

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                                (See Notes B, C and D at end
                                of document for definitions of
                                questions 2a, 2b and 2c)

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                                (See Note E at end of
                                document for definition of
                                question 2m)

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                                                                          (See Note F at end of
                                                                          document for definition of
                                                                          question 2n)

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Note A: Regarding “Application Development Stage” - The following definitions apply:

              Fielded - An application that is currently in production and has a signed System Security Authorization
               Agreement (SSAA).
              Completed - An application whose code is out of development and testing and is ready for production but is
               not yet fielded (see definition of “Fielded.”)
              Prototype/pilot – An application whose code is still in development and has not yet been put into a
               production environment. An application that serves more as a guide or model than as a final product.
              Concept – An application that is still in the abstract or thought stage. The application has not yet reached
               development. It is still on the drawing board.

Note B: Regarding question 2a - As defined for Distance Support purposes, the “authoritative source” is considered the
primary agency that has been sanctioned to control, influence or has authority over the content being submitted. No other
governmental agency has or produces the same type of content with the authority or influence that the authoritative
source does.

Note C: Regarding question 2b, the following definitions apply:

            Application – Content only. No executable – Select this option if the application candidate is a simple
             collection of Word documents, spreadsheets, HTML, etc. “Content Only” examples would be documents
             (ex. PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel), web pages (ex. a collection of simple htm/html pages), pictures (ex.
             jpg, mpg, etc.) and video (ex. mpg4, avi, etc.). Standard, readily available fleet wide applications such as
             Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft applications and web browsers would be all that is needed to render “content
             only” type applications. Examples: A reference library that is made up of a collection of PDFs and Word
             documents that requires a Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word to open them; Simple web site content that
             that requires a web browser to open it; A safety center application that is a spreadsheet which uses Excel
             only to render it.
            Application – Content plus Executable - Select this option if the application candidate contains content
             as described above as well as a needed executable to render the content. An “executable” is defined as an
             application or code that must be compiled in order to run and to then render other content. For the NIAPS
             program, the types of code considered executables include Java Files (ex. jar, ear, war, etc.), Batch Files
             (ex. BAT, etc.), Active Server Pages (ex .ASP, .NET, etc.), Run-time Libraries (ex. DLL, etc.) and
             Executables (ex. EXE, etc.).
            Application and content with extended capabilities – Select this option if the application candidate is
             content plus an executable as defined above and requires the need of a helper application to render all of
             the data associated with the application. Examples would include ATIS, SOMS, SKED, MFOM, etc.

Note D: Regarding question 2c, the following definitions apply:

            GOTS. An acronym that stands for Government Off-The-Shelf. A GOTS product is typically developed by
             the technical staff of a government agency for private use. It is usually not available for public use or
             purchase. It is sometimes developed by an external entity, but with funding and specifications that come
             from a government agency. An example of a GOTS product would be ATIS (Advanced Technical
             Information Support System). The government, to improve the access to and display of technical
             documentation such as drawings, manuals and maintenance data, in a shipboard and industrial
             environment, developed ATIS. The primary purpose of ATIS is to provide a digital-optical system for use by
             maintenance and support personnel to quickly access and use technical documentation.
            COTS. An acronym that stands for Commercial Off-The-Shelf. A COTS product is one that is used "as-is."
             COTS products are designed to be easily installed and to interoperate with existing system components
             with no customization required. Almost all software bought by the average computer user fits into the COTS
             category: operating systems, office product suites, word processing, and e-mail programs are among the
             myriad examples.

Note E: Regarding question 2m, select “Yes” if the application you are requesting to be added is to be used only on
certain ship platforms such as Submarines, Mine Sweepers, Destroyers, etc. If your intent is to have the application
pushed fleet wide, select “No.”

Note F: Regarding question 2n, training is a required ILS element for any application or system going aboard a Navy
ship. Not having a training plan and training materials for this application could prevent it from being placed on NIAPS. At
a minimum, the type of training that will be required for any application on NIAPS will be:
               User level training
               System Administrator training

           In addition, during the „Join‟ process, content owners will be asked additional training related questions.
           Please be prepared to answer the following questions about your application. They will be needed at some
           point during the NIAPS process: Additional training Questions asked:
                       Is there a training plan?
                       Who is the indended audience for the training?
                       When training material is developed, what format will the training appear in?:
                         - Instructor Lead
                         - Computer Based
                         - Self-guided Tutorial
                         - Web-based
                         - Other
                       What will be the approximate length of the training?
                       Will the training be conducted onboard ship, in a schoolhouse classroom or both?
                       Is there certification/class room test taking associated with the completion of the training?