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IJIS Appoints New Technical Advisory Committee Chair

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The IJIS Institute is happy to announce the appointment of Tom Carlson, owner of Tom Carlson Consulting, as chair of the IJIS Institute Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC).

The IJIS Institute's IJIS Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC) develops policies, programs, and training or educational materials in support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) that can be adopted or disseminated by industry as a whole. The I-TAC reviews significant issues under consideration to develop and document industry recommendations and positions by various national committees. As the steering committee for the IJIS Institute National Information Sharing Standards (NISS) Help Desk, the I-TAC provides guidance, review, and issue resolution for the IJIS Institute staff.

Carlson is the owner and principal of Tom Carlson Consulting LLC, a small consulting firm specializing in projects related to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), including training delivery and development, tool development, information exchange development, and conversions/conversion assessments.

IJIS Institute Board of Directors Chairman George Cruser, who appointed Carlson to lead I-TAC, added, “Tom’s expertise in information sharing standards and his long-time affiliation with the committee made him the natural selection to lead the committee and continue the good work in support of Global information sharing products and the NISS Help Desk.”

Tags:  committee  Global  I-TAC  NIEM 

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Interoperability Standards and the Procurement Process

Posted By Robert Shumate, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Procurement methods should seek to identify a framework within which information transfer and interoperability requirements may be implemented quickly and economically as future needs dictate. Rarely, if ever, will a buyer know at the time of procurement all of the possible information interactions that the system will need to handle in the future. Buyers should specify that products or custom solutions must embody implementations based upon open standards rather than proprietary methodologies. Established open standards are more likely to have implementations available from a wider selection of product or solution suppliers thus increasing your selection pool and offering flexibility for future expansion.

As in other areas of procurement, the buyer should refrain from proposing detailed specifications regarding the information exchange methods being sought and, instead, request providers to specify in detail how their solution will be able to deal with the implementation of future and as yet unknown exchange requirements. Buyers should concentrate on developing requirements that identifying those standards and specifications the supplier’s solution must incorporate. Buyers have a responsibility to ensure that they have adequate technical representation on their procurement governance committee to fully evaluate approaches to interoperability being offered by providers. If necessary, this may be a point at which obtaining outside technical expertise in evaluating suggested approaches may be well worth the cost.

Avoid the snare of narrowly selecting a solution that only addresses a currently known interoperability requirement and focus instead on seeking a broad framework to interoperability that offers an ongoing agile and economically feasible way to implementing interoperability requirement that may be required in the future. It is very important that you require Suppliers to describe in detail how provisioning of their interoperability services is accomplished focusing on cost and timing for provisioning a new endpoint.

Interoperability is generally defined as the ability of heterogeneous networks, applications, or components to exchange and use information. Unless you plan on living in isolation in an otherwise connected world, it is essential that you specify a set of interoperability standards that must be part of the solution that you are seeking. This is even more important if you do not have a well-defined Enterprise Architecture in place since this will provide a structure for you to participate in exchanging data with other systems in the future. In the following sections, we will discuss what an open standard is, how open standards fit in an interoperability framework and how to approach data transformations in defining interoperability in the procurement process.

Read the full article in the attached PDF.

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Tags:  interoperability  NIEM  open standards  procurement  web services 

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