SEARCH Strengthens JIEM® Methodology with Latest Tool Release

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SEARCH released version 4.0 of the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) Tool in September 2007. In the three months following the release, SEARCH certified over 100 users on the new version, including 47 users who had not used prior versions of JIEM®.

The JIEM® methodology shows practitioners how to establish a solid foundation for their information sharing projects by modeling exchange requirements—the who, what, when, and why of information exchange. Practitioners apply the methodology by using the JIEM® Tool and JIEM® reference models, both of which allow for efficient modeling of complex requirements while aligning models with national best practices.

Since September 2007, SEARCH staff conducted three JIEM® training courses for new users in Ashburn, Virginia, Albany, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, SEARCH offered four JIEM® 4.0 QuickStart sessions via WebEx for current users. These Quick Start sessions provide a 90-minute overview of the new features of the Eclipse-based Tool and enable users to renew their certification to the current release.

“We’re very pleased with the level of interest in the new version of JIEM®,” said Director of Systems and Technology Scott M. Came. “The importance of documenting requirements for information exchange clearly resonates with practitioners taking on these challenging projects. It is very rewarding for SEARCH, with BJA support and the advice of our practitioner steering committee, to be able to enhance the tool that makes requirements modeling easier.”

SEARCH is already working to incorporate additional functionality and features into the Tool, and plans to release two new versions in 2008. These new versions will tighten integration with the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), improve data modeling capabilities, align with service-oriented architecture, and help capture privacy requirements.

SEARCH is also working on a new reference model focused on state/local/tribal information exchanges with Fusion Centers.

Funding for the JIEM® program is provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.