Spy agencies working on data standard

The intelligence community is building a data exchange standard to help its various agencies share information about terrorists.

The Terrorist Watchlist Person Data Exchange Standard was mandated by a memorandum of understanding among the Justice and Homeland Security departments and the CIA.

The Intelligence Community Metadata Working Group is developing the standard. According to information posted on its Web site, the new standard will be based on three primary sources: the National Security Agency entity-of-interest model, the Justice Department Extensible Markup Language data dictionary prerelease 3.0.0 and the FBI's National Crime Information Center codes.

The MOU calls for the intelligence community to use the standard to develop and maintain information about individuals 'known or appropriately suspected to be or have been involved in activities constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism.'

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