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NIEM offers a common vocabulary that enables effective information exchange across diverse public and private organizations.
NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data terms and definitions, and repeatable processes.
NIEM provides a working and collaborative partnership among governmental agencies, operational practitioners, systems developers, and standards bodies across Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, International and Private organizations.
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The Basics of NIEM
If I say "vessel" and you say "boat", and he says "ship" and she says "conveyance", we may mean the same thing, but we have no way to tell our computer systems to treat the words as having the same meaning. Until we do, we'll all have separate facts about the same world—pieces of the big puzzle—but no common understanding or way to connect them.
This is the idea behind NIEM. It lets your system and my system speak—even if they've never spoken before—by ensuring that information carries the same consistent meaning across various communities.
Rather than starting from scratch, NIEM can save organizations time and money by providing consistent, reusable, and repeatable data terms, definitions, and processes.
NIEM Governance Principles
A CMF data model can be expressed as XML, JSON or any other data serializataion that NIEM supports. The data described by the CMF data model can also be expressed in any supported serialization.
Future releases of NIEM will continue progress toward internationalization and will tackle such topics as identifying US-centric definitions that could be replaced with more holistic definitions.
NIEM provides an extensive data model and dictionary, as well as a mature lifecycle, training curriculum, help desk, and program support. NIEM also allows a community of diverse stakeholders to agree on a common vocabulary.
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NIEM has reached a level of maturity where it will benefit from a more formal collaboration guided by a recognized standards development process that ensures transparency, participation, stability, reciprocity, and ease of access both during the development and long after the project is complete. OASIS provides all of this and is an ANSI accredited developer.