States to advise feds on nationwide data exchange project

The National Information Exchange Model will draw on NASCIO to help extend the program

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers will take a seat on a federal committee looking to advance the uses a Web-based model for sharing information across government jurisdictions.

NASCIO will advise the executive steering committee of the National Information Exchange Model on the uses of the NIEM data framework among federal government agencies and state and territorial government communities.

NIEM is an Extensible Markup Language-based system designed to automate aspects of information sharing across far-flung agencies with collaborative interests in justice, law enforcement, public safety and emergency response.

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NIEM ventures forth

It is also considered a way for agencies to share routine program information over the Web.

Lately, NIEM also is being viewed as a potential framework for sharing health information among federal and state government agencies with responsibilities for joint management of programs in the public health and health reform arena.

With that in mind, the Health and Human Services Department recently joined the Homeland Security and Justice departments, which pioneered the NIEM model, to extend it in the federal government.

NIEM builds on work by DOJ on the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), a data reference tool for swapping information among public safety and law enforcement offices.

NASCIO played a prominent role in the DGXDM project and has been a longtime advocate of NIEM, according to the association’s leadership. NASCIO president and West Virginia CIO Kyle Schafer said membership on the NIEM steering committee “really formalized something we've been doing for some time -- actively supporting NIEM as a national standard.”

The association will now play a more active role in the committee’s work, Schafer said.

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Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.


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