JIEM Modeling Tool

JIEM® 5.0 Tool released November 10, 2010!

The release of JIEM 4.0 on the Eclipse platform proved to be a great success. SEARCH continued to enhance features and functionality of the JIEM Tool through the release of JIEM 4.1 in 2008. Now, with the release of JIEM 5.0 in November 2010, users have additional features to improve the tool's alignment with several Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative work products and to allow more robust, seamless development of NIEM Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) artifacts. The new JIEM 5.0 features enable users to:

  1. Document Privacy and Access Control Policies. Users can now document existing information exchange policies and rules in a structured, electronic manner that conforms to the Global Technical Privacy Framework. Users can:
    1. Define metadata to create rules and policies, and (via JIEM reference models) reuse metadata that have been defined by national efforts, such as the Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) initiative.
    2. Create reusable policies across exchanges.
    3. Use metadata to categorize elements in the JIEM Information dimension, linking data to policy. For example, a user can define a particular element in a NIEM IEPD as personally identifiable information (PII) and write the policy constraints for PII, keeping all the policy and data categorization information in the JIEM model.
  2. Generate Global Reference Architecture Service Specification Packages. In the Global Reference Architecture, each service must have a set of artifacts that describes its interface, called a Service Specification Package. Since users are able to model services in JIEM and link those services to JIEM exchanges, JIEM can export the SSP for each service.
  3. Develop NIEM Information Exchange Package Documentation artifacts. JIEM 5.0 provides new features that assist users with creating NIEM-conformant IEPDs. A few of these features are:
    1. Full IEPD development. JIEM 5.0 allows users to build document, extension, constraint, and subset namespaces, and to export those namespaces as an IEPD schema set that conforms to the NIEM Naming and Design Rules (NDR). JIEM 5.0 gives users full control over the sharing of extension and subset/constraint namespaces across documents.
    2. NIEM wantlist import. JIEM 5.0 allows IEPD developers to make maximum use of existing IEPDS by supporting the import of NIEM and Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) wantlists. (A wantlist file represents user requirements.) Users can import any wantlist that has ever been created by the NIEM Subset Schema Generation Tool (SSGT) into the JIEM Information dimension; users can then modify the resulting namespace contents to address new requirements.
    3. Conform to emerging NIEM guidelines. JIEM 5.0 supports the recent IEPD changelog and catalog files developed by the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC). The JIEM Tool automatically generates the catalog from artifacts that it creates, reducing user workload.
    4. Create enumerated code lists. JIEM users can create their own code lists — known as enumerations — to meet local or project requirements. As with JIEM 4.1, code lists defined in NIEM or GJXDM are also available.

JIEM 5.0 also implements several usability enhancements suggested by the JIEM user community and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

The JIEM Modeling Tool is an easy-to-use software package that enables justice system practitioners to build a model of their "as-is" and "to-be" information exchanges.

Using the Tool, practitioners apply the JIEM Methodology, documenting requirements for electronic information sharing, capturing both the information content and business context of information exchanges.

JIEM includes access to the JIEM Reference Model, a set of standard exchanges that occur in the adult felony environment and that are similar to the data exchanges occurring in most locations. Through leveraging the Reference Model, a site can perform JIEM analysis much more quickly and with results that are more consistent with those of other jurisdictions.

More detailed information on the JIEM Tool is available in these documents:
Using the JIEM Tool
The JIEM Tool is available at no charge to the justice community through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Access to the JIEM Tool is restricted to individuals who (1) complete the JIEM Certification Training and (2) pass the certification exam.

  • For users who are not yet JIEM-Certified, SEARCH offers self-paced online JIEM Certification Training, which is available at no cost. The online course includes instructional modules, the certification exam, and the JIEM 5.0 installation files for download.
  • For users who are already JIEM-Certified, SEARCH offers a 90-minute JIEM 5.0 Quick Start Screencast. Certified users will get access to the screencast and JIEM 5.0 installation files for download from the JIEM Community Site.

Important Note about Converting Older Versions of JIEM Site Model Databases
SEARCH believes that practitioners who invest their resources in capturing information exchange requirements in JIEM should remain in control of that information. As such, if a third party (e.g., a consultant) wishes to request conversion of a JIEM site model database for use in JIEM on behalf of a practitioner or justice agency, SEARCH can assist with the site model database conversions. Send the request via email.


  • Updated FAQs for JIEM 5.0 - November 2010
  • JIEM Flyer
    This one-page flyer makes a great hand-out and describes the features and benefits of the JIEM resource.
  • JIEM Conceptual Framework - Updated November 2010
    This document defines and illustrates the five dimensions of information exchange (processes, events, agencies, conditions, and information), and explains how the individual dimensions are brought together to form meaningful exchanges of information.
  • JIEM Reference Model
    This business reference model for justice information exchange contains almost 700 key exchanges common to most jurisdictions. It is a reference manual for analyzing information exchange as a part of an integrated justice initiative, and aids sites in using JIEM effectively and economically. If you are a current JIEM user, you can obtain a copy of the JIEM Adult Felony Reference Model that you can import and use within the tool. Please consult the "Reference Models" page on the JIEM Community Site for more information. The JIEM Community Site provides users with additional information, reference models, tools, and tips that help information sharing initiatives succeed with JIEM.
  • Contact us: jiem@search.org