SEARCH and Maine State Police Develop Justice Service-Oriented Architecture

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The Maine State Police (MSP), on behalf of the state's criminal justice partners, has recently released version 1.0 of the Maine Justice Information Sharing Architecture (MJISA), which the SEARCH Systems and Technology team developed for MSP under contract.

Along with the architecture, MSP has released a request for proposals (RFP) for a statewide justice integration platform, and is also working on a strategic plan for justice information sharing; SEARCH is assisting MSP and its partners in developing these products as well.

The MJISA establishes a service-oriented architecture for justice and public safety information sharing in Maine, and leverages national standards and best practices such as the Global Justice Reference Architecture (JRA), Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) standards, and the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®).

The MJISA will serve as comprehensive guidance to the planning, implementation, deployment, and operation of information sharing solutions in Maine going forward. The goals of the architecture are to streamline the implementation of information exchanges, increase consistency, and lower project risk and cost, while maintaining responsiveness to changing business conditions and preserving individual agencies' autonomy over their internal business processes.

"SEARCH was proud to bring our expertise in facilitation and architecture development to this project," said Scott Came, Director of Systems and Technology. "It is a credit to the commitment of all the partners in Maine-including the State Police, Maine Prosecutors Association, Department of Corrections, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Office of Information Technology-to developing a standard approach with common infrastructure and shared services. We are also pleased to see the investment of all the Global partners, including SEARCH, in the JRA and related tools bearing fruit for practitioners in the field."