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    Henry Brown
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    MIGHT be a useful site to bookmark..

    http://www.niem.gov/index.php

    NIEM, the National Information Exchange Model, is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. It is designed to develop, disseminate and support enterprise-wide information exchange standards and processes that can enable jurisdictions to effectively share critical information in emergency situations, as well as support the day-to-day operations of agencies throughout the nation.

    NIEM enables information sharing, focusing on information exchanged among organizations as part of their current or intended business practices. The NIEM exchange development methodology results in a common semantic understanding among participating organizations and data formatted in a semantically consistent manner. NIEM will standardize content (actual data exchange standards), provide tools, and managed processes.

    NIEM builds on the demonstrated success of the Global Justice XML Data Model. Stakeholders from relevant communities work together to define critical exchanges, leveraging the successful work of the GJXDM.

    What is NIEM?

    The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a Federal, State, Local and Tribal interagency initiative providing a foundation for seamless information exchange. NIEM is a framework to:

    * Bring stakeholders and Communities of Interest together to identify information sharing requirements in day-to-day operational and emergency situations;
    * Develop standards, a common lexicon and an on-line repository of information exchange package documents to support information sharing;
    * Provide technical tools to support development, discovery, dissemination and re-use of exchange documents; and
    * Provide training, technical assistance and implementation support services for enterprise-wide information exchange.

    see Pdf file: Introduction to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

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