Project Interoperability is a collaborative, participatory, and transparent start-up guide for information interoperability across all aspects of government and the private sector. The IJIS Institute led the Project Interoperability initiative, funded and led by the Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) which is under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Information interoperability is the ability to transfer and use information in a consistent, efficient way across multiple organizations and IT systems. From a technical perspective, interoperability is fostered through the consistent application of design principles and design standards to address a specific mission problem.
Projects like the New Jersey Information Sharing Environment have used a variety of tools and best practices – such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), federal identity management, and the IJIS Institute’s Springboard Certification and Testing Program – to enhance information interoperability capabilities. These tools have always been available to the public, but through Project Interoperability, they are being packaged and disseminated for broader use by the community.
Project Interoperability is taking the process outside of the four walls of government in order to increase the effectiveness of the community. These tools aren’t new. They’ve been distilled from a decade of terrorism information sharing.
The goal of Project Interoperability is to help government and the private sector identify a baseline of terms, tools, and techniques to create an information sharing network in mission-agnostic terms and for any type of information sharing. Project Interoperability seeks to normalize the way information sharing technology is developed. If we’re all using different terms to achieve interoperability capabilities, we aren’t going to end up with interoperable systems, and we’re going to pay for duplicative systems and excessive costs.
Information interoperability is important because it increases timely information sharing, can reduce costs and redundancy, and leverage best practices–all steps to improve decision making for government leaders, industry, and citizens.
What is the Standards Coordinating Council?
Information sharing and safeguarding is enabling organizations to do amazing and effective work in a variety of disciplines, including criminal justice, public safety, homeland security, public health, and transportation, just to name a few. Information sharing and safeguarding projects are supported by standards – these standards ensure that all the parties working towards information sharing are doing so in the same way, using the same terminology, and working towards the same goals.
Information sharing standards are numerous. They are generated by many types of organizations for a variety of audiences. These broad and far-reaching efforts require oversight and coordination, which is the purpose of the Standards Coordinating Council (SCC).
The SCC was an advisory working group to the White House's Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA IPC). The SCC provided advice and counsel on matters related to information sharing and safeguarding standards and other related issues in responsible information sharing. Visit www.standardscoordination.org to learn more about the SCC and get access to resources about information sharing standards, guidance on common terminology, and information about information sharing and safeguarding initiatives.