IJIS Institute’s Technical Advisory Committees Publish New White Papers

Papers explore the NIEM-UML specification and provide guidance on selecting and implementing technology solutions

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Ashburn, VA (August 21, 2013). The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission‐critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security, is pleased to announce the publication of two new white papers authored by IJIS Institute Advisory Committees:  1) National Information Exchange Model-Unified Modeling Language (NIEM-UML) Recommendation; and, 2) Critical Decision Criteria for Data Sharing.

The IJIS Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC) white paper, National Information Exchange Model Unified Modeling Language (NIEM-UML) Recommendation, features recommendations from the I-TAC on the policies, implementation, and use of the NIEM-UML specification recently adopted by the Object Management Group (OMG). The ITAC is continuing the long tradition of technical leadership with the NIEM UML Recommendation. 

According to I-TAC Chair Joe Mierwa, of URL Integration, “The I-TAC sees a great opportunity for further increasing the NIEM value proposition through the application of industry standard UML. Historically, NIEM development required technical training that represented an adoption hurdle. UML allows NIEM to be more easily adopted and used by leveraging existing UML expertise. NIEM-UML tools are now becoming available and NIEM-UML has the potential to simplify the transition to the soon-to-be-released NIEM 3.0.”

The paper was produced through a joint effort from the committee, who also received valuable feedback from the NIEM Program Management Office (PMO).

The IJIS Public Safety Technical Standards Committee (IPSTSC) white paper, Critical Decision Criteria for Data Sharing, is the third in the series developed by IPSTSC. This white paper takes the next logical step by providing guidance to practitioners who need to select their technology partners and implement the solution. The first two  white papers in the series, which set the stage for this third white paper, are: Data Sharing Between Computer Aided Dispatch Systems and Governance Agreements in Public Safety Information Sharing Projects.

IPSTSC Chair Steve Hoggard, of Spillman Technologies, said, “I’m very happy with how hard the IPSTSC team worked to produce this paper. During the review process, we quickly learned of the enthusiasm that practitioners had for the compiled information. I’m optimistic that industry and practitioners will find this white paper to be a helpful tool as they do solution planning.”

In addition to Chair Hoggard, the authors of the white paper included: Principal Contributor – Becky Ward (Committee Vice Chair) of Communications International, Inc.; and, Other Contributors – Nate Daniels of FATPOT Technology, Tom Dewey of Advanced Justice Systems, Barbara Falco of CODY Systems, John Hollywood of RAND Corporation, Mike Weins of RCC Consultants, Inc., and Kathy Wendy of SRA International. The white paper was finalized in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Visit the IJIS Institute’s website to learn about the Advisory Committees. Also on the Institute website, you can view and download copies of these and other IJIS Institute white papers and reference papers (ijis.org  > Publications Reference Papers).

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About the IJIS InstituteThe IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technical assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to over 280 member companies and individual associates from government, non-profit, and educational institutions from across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/; follow us on Twitter @ijisinstitute; read the IJIS Factor Blog; or, join us on LinkedIn at Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing.