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Mid-year Briefing Registration Open! Join us in Atlanta!

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The IJIS Institute's Mid-year Briefing is a must-attend conference focused on technology and information sharing and safeguarding standards.

Join us July 30-August 1, 2015, for the IJIS Institute Mid-year Briefing at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, to connect with technology executives and leaders from industry and government at this unique event and engage in constructive dialogues about technology trends, issues, and solutions. Collaboratively explore various perspectives on the challenges of, and future for, technology and information sharing and safeguarding.

Why attend?

Educational programs on information sharing and safeguarding practices, technology, and standards and national programs that are turning standards into information sharing success.

Interesting presentations on cutting-edge technology initiatives like smart cities, next generation emergency communications, geospatial advances, and cybersecurity enhancements

Learn about the work of the IJIS Institute in featuring industry through national and international information sharing and safeguarding programs.

Engage in active dialog with colleagues and IJIS Institute partners on the challenges facing law enforcement, justice, and public safety leaders in the acquisition and secure use of information technology.

Find out more and register at

See you in Atlanta!

Tags:  information sharing  mid-year briefing 

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Recap: Workshop on Info Sharing and Safeguarding Standards

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Friday, March 27, 2015

Another successful Workshop on Information Sharing and Safeguarding Standards, or WIS3, went in the books yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia. 

Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, opened the event and discussed the differences between traditional security versus cybersecurity that necessitate changes in how we collectively deal with cybersecurity as a nation. One of his points was that there is an inherent need for government and industry partnerships to tackle this growing threat. 

Throughout the day, panels discussed operationalizing and expanding Project Interoperability, advances in maritime information sharing, trustmarks, and geospatial standards. 

ISE Program Manager Kshemendra Paul wrote a great recap article on WIS3 on his blog at

The WIS3 event also officially rolled out the new website for the Standards Coordination Council at

Next year's WIS3 event will be held in March 2016. We hope to see you there.

Tags:  information sharing  PM-ISE  Standards Coordinating Council  wis3 

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Standards-based Victim Notification Services Success

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The IJIS Institute posted a press release today that announces the successful enhancement of the information sharing capabilities of five states’ Victim Notification Systems (VNS): Montana, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, and Alabama. The projects were funded by U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grants, including the most recent three that were performed under a subcontract agreement between the National Criminal Justice Association and the IJIS Institute. The National Information Sharing Standard for Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification provides a standards-based approach for all states to create or enhance VNS and, ultimately, provide better services to crime victims.

The IJIS Institute acknowledges the significant contributions of the following IJIS Member companies involved in these implementations of the victim notification standard who contributed to the improved information sharing and services to victims: Appriss, Microsoft, Open Networks, and URL Integration.

There is already evidence of the impact the National Information Sharing Standard for Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification implementation is having on VNS effectiveness. The press release features some really great quotes from stakeholders involved with IJIS in this project, and they are really worth a here they are!  This is truly information sharing making a difference, and showcases IJIS and IJIS Member capabilities and the successful collaboration of government and industry. 

Larry Arrington, a chief systems architect working with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, said of the implementation in Alabama, “The NIEM-compliant County-Jail data exchange, which resulted from the National Information Sharing Standard for SAVIN project with IJIS, has given the state of Alabama an information exchange vehicle to collect jail inmate and booking data for the first time ever. This data will allow victims to register for offenders at the county level, and receive custody status change notifications via email, SMS text, or interactive voice response phone calls. This would not have been possible without the assistance of the IJIS project team.”

“The assistance that the North Dakota Criminal Justice Information Sharing Program (ND CJIS) received from IJIS provided the opportunity to enhance our court victim notifications. Specifically, our most noteworthy accomplishments were:

  • Ability to triage urgent notifications vs. less time-sensitive notifications: The timing on notifications for urgent messages is now near real-time, which ensures victims receive prompt and clear notification of cancelled and rescheduled hearings. Non-urgent notifications are held, consolidated, and released once a day.
  • Consolidating messages regarding disposition and court events: Previously, the data was often repetitive, omitted or confusing for victims. The aggregation afforded by the enhancement provides clear and user-friendly notifications.
  • Enhanced quality assurance detection and correction: The enhanced system provides program administrators with timely notification on various system failures throughout the data transfer process. This has resulted in quick detection of missing or invalid code values. The resulting intervention has improved data entry at the source, notification specificity, and our vendor’s ability to interpret court data.

Unfortunately, prior to this project, many victim witness coordinators would not refer victims to use the court notifications due to the delayed, confusing, repetitive and overly generic notifications. The reactions we’ve gotten from victim witness coordinators since this project have been positive. We anticipate that we will see a dramatic increase in the number of users within the next year due to the increased referrals and outreach made possible by these improvements.

ND SAVIN’s mission is to provide victims and other concerned individuals access to timely and reliable criminal justice information. The enhancements support the mission of ND SAVIN, specifically relating to the court process, statewide.” –Heidi Smith, SAVIN Program Manager, State of North Dakota

“The partnership that the Montana Department of Correction (DOC) has had with the IJIS institute has resulted in a very positive impact to our agency relative to Crime Victim Notification. The ability to receive an acknowledgment from our victim notification provider gave us more than a verification they received notification information; it gave us the ability to see how they interpreted our notification information and make changes that provided more accurate notification messages to the victim.” –John Daugherty, CIO, Montana Department of Corrections

“The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority has dedicated time and resources to creating a multi-jurisdictional, cross-discipline, statewide information sharing environment using the Global Standards Package. The technical assistance provided by the IJIS Institute enabled our state to implement a standards-based information exchange for SAVIN while providing our public safety stakeholders with first-hand opportunity to realize the benefits of adopting and implementing Global standards. This newly implemented automated exchange virtually eliminates the potential for human error and missed notifications and can be replicated to meet county needs.” –Mike Carter, State of Illinois

“The enhancements to the SAVIN system not only allows us to provide more timely information but also improve access to additional vital information that we were not previously able to share. This initiative with the IJIS Institute has strengthened our SAVIN system allowing us to provide improved services to the victim community in the State of Indiana.” –Brent Myers, Director of Registration and Victim Services at the Indiana Department of Correction

Tags:  IJIS  information sharing  SAVIN  standards 

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The IJIS Factor is Back!

Posted By Andrea A. Walter, Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome to the new IJIS Factor blog!

With the rollout of a new website for the IJIS Institute and a new Member portal, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to start fresh with the IJIS Factor blog.

Over the years, the IJIS Factor blog has been a great way for our leaders to talk about current issues and trends in information sharing and safeguarding, and it will continue to serve that purpose going forward. We also want the blog to be an area where our committee and task force leaders can talk about their accomplishments and hot topics, where Members can talk trends and cutting edge concepts and solicit feedback, and where staff can tell you about what the IJIS Institute is doing.

If you are interested in providing a blog article, please contact our webmaster at

Please subscribe to The IJIS Factor Blog so you will see all the posts and keep up with the important work of the IJIS Institute and its Members! 

Tags:  ijis  information sharing  member 

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