Internaut: Justice XML effort is promising
Shawn P. McCarthy
One of the more interesting public-safety and homeland security efforts in recent months is a data reference model called Justice XML, officially known as the Global Justice XML Data Model.
Justice XML is evolving into a way for justice and public-safety groups to import and export data from multiple databases and publish it in various formats.
I've heard from a vendor and a state IT office that plan to adopt the model for sharing justice-related data.
The standard is a cooperative effort by the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs, representatives of other agencies and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
In simple terms, Justice XML is an object-oriented data model for populating databases and generating Extensible Markup Language data in a standard form for easy sharing.
I have long argued for a government-wide data reference model, or XML tag set, to standardize the way agencies publish and share information. That's a huge effort and difficult to coordinate among multiple agencies.
Rather than tackling the whole world, Justice XML started with just the kinds of data needed by justice and public- safety users. Organizations that want to learn more and possibly participate can plug into the Justice Information Sharing Initiative by going to www.gcn.com and entering GCN.com/231.
Justice-related data is a great place to start learning how to share with XML and push for a common data model.
Here are some other government XML initiatives under way:
- A National Institute of Standards and Technology software quality group is working on an XML registry project, at xmlregistry.nist.gov.
- XML.gov, an interagency group, has partnered with commercial and industry organizations to work out XML and data-transfer standards.
- The CIO Council's XML Working Group posts messages and ongoing discussions about various governmentwide XML efforts. See GCN.com/232 at www.gcn.com for the link.
Shawn P. McCarthy is senior analyst and program manager for government IT opportunities at IDC of Framingham, Mass. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. .