Empowering Information Sharing: the Rise of NIEM

Empowering Information Sharing: the Rise of NIEM
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-10-21
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Empowering Information Sharing
Unit 2 Transcript: Empowering Information Sharing
Unit 3 Workbook: Empowering Information Sharing
Unit 4 Recording: Empowering Information Sharing

Information is being shared between individuals and organizations constantly and instances when what is being shared won’t be as seamless as possible is inevitable. Resolving information sharing issues can be done directly through conversations between individuals. But when countries, states, and organizations are involved, smooth information exchange requires sophistication to ensure everyone and everything is on the same page. The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) facilitates information sharing across various public and private domains to enhance the delivery of public safety efforts and services.

This webinar’s speakers are:

  • Paul Wormeli, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Tiger Team
  • Katherine Escobar, National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Management Office
  • Mike Philippis, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Tiger Team
  • Kate Silhol, Nlets

Points discussed in this session are:

  • What NEIM is, how it works, and its mission to help people and organizations exchange information across different domains.
  • The roadblocks that most organizations face and the semantic and syntactic interoperability that NIEM delivers to help resolve common information-sharing issues.
  • The information-sharing challenges that Nlets experienced prior to NIEM.
    • Proprietary software and disparate data repositories across agencies and vendors that create data silos.
    • Lack of consensus brought about by the absence of data and information-sharing standards.
    • Cultural impediments resulting from varying policies, degrees of commitments, and importance placed upon efforts.
    • Lack of available resources to support initiatives towards improvement.
  • The different sectors that are working together and NIEM is serving.
  • NIEM’s guiding principles of collaboration, equality, and consensus in their efforts to facilitate interoperability and information-sharing across different domains.
  • A glimpse into the NIEM’s governance structure and the different domains represented within.
  • The basics of the NIEM technology and the updates that enables NIEM to integrate with emerging technologies and data exchange formats.
  • The various NIEM support and resources available to assist with interoperability implementations.
  • Examples of standards and information exchanges being used in the public and private sphere that are based on NIEM.
  • The many benefits of NIEM in information sharing efforts as it:
    • Fosters collaboration across systems and enhances mission capabilities.
    • Ensures consistency across systems and data elements.
    • Expedites implementation and reduces costs involved in development and maintenance.
    • Provides support throughout the development and implementation process.
  • Efficiencies that Nlets experienced in their operations and workflow upon leveraging NIEM information exchange capabilities.
  • How NIEM played a crucial role in addressing the opioid issue through a NIEM-powered system that allows states to share information to identify use and diversion of controlled substances.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Mexico’s involvement in NIEM.
  • Using NEIM to gather data from multiple agencies and creating a central data warehouse.
  • Cyber threat intelligence sharing platforms integrated with NIEM.
  • Where NIEM should fit in and be considered in the software development process.
  • The inclusion of hospitals and care facilities in the NIEM human services domain.
  • How updates to NIEM technology affects its capabilities.
  • Referencing NIEM when applying for grants for innovation.


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Audience Comments

  • “Very good webinar.” –Diana
  • “Model overview.” –DJ
  • “We may finally have a path to Common Vocabulary.” — JC
  • “I never heard of NIEM. I will be interested to explore the website.” — Judy


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