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SEARCH and NCSC Re-Launch Free Online Training on the Global Reference Architecture


What is GRA Training?

  • Free, self-paced online training
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the Global Reference Architecture
  • Curriculum consists of—
    • 10 modules
    • Interactive, scenario-based lessons
    • Hands-on implementation labs for both Java and .Net environments
  • Offers a certificate of completion
  • Developed by SEARCH and the National Center for State Courts under funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance

GRA Primer

  • GRA uses a service-oriented approach that—
    • Offers agencies system flexibility and autonomy
    • Incorporates justice standards (NIEM, GFIPM)
    • Increases sharing and reuse of exchange capabilities between agencies and jurisdictions, which eliminates redundancy and improves resource use.
  • GRA provides specifications and guidelines so users can identify, define, implement, and govern services for their jurisdiction.

Learn more at about GRA from SEARCH and the US Department of Justice

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The Global Reference Architecture (GRA) is a framework and set of standards that makes it easier, faster, and more affordable for justice and public safety practitioners to design effective information sharing solutions.

SEARCH and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently launched an updated version of the GRA Training course—a free, self-paced, online training tool that helps stakeholders gain a common understanding of the GRA framework, standards, methods, and processes.

“Through the work of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global initiative and its partners, critical resources like the GRA help justice and public safety organizations share information more effectively. However, the use of the GRA can often be a challenge to new adopters,” noted Mark Perbix, Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH. “By offering this type of training and support, stakeholders can more effectively adopt and implement the GRA in their jurisdictions.”

The 10-module course provides interactive, scenario-based training that will allow stakeholders to put their knowledge into action—whether the trainee is an executive, senior manager, project manager/coordinator, or implementer.

The training shows trainees how to establish a governance structure, develop an information sharing architecture, model and document services, and create information models. It includes hands-on implementation labs that help tie the lessons together.

The training updates include a revised and easy-to-use training interface that uses narration, video, and written text to provide the instruction. Trainees can navigate easily through the modules, accessing pop-up definitions and table of contents for each module, and post questions to be answered by SEARCH and NCSC staff.

The 10 modules (and submodules) are:

  • Module 100: Setting the Stage
    • 100-A: Information Sharing Business Problems
    • 100-B: Tackling the Issue
    • 100-C: How the GRA Delivers Value
    • 100-D: The GRA
  • Module 101: Building the Architecture
    • 101-A: Governance and Process Modeling
    • 101-B: Execution Context
  • Module 102: Capabilities
    • 102-A: Modeling the Capabilities to Identify and Begin Designing Services
    • 102-B: Utilizing the Capabilities to Identify and Begin Designing Services
    • 102-C: Discussing the Behaviors of Design and Policy Services
  • Module 200: Introduction to Business Process Descriptions, and Service Specification Packages (SSPs)
  • Module 201: Developing the Service Description Document
  • Module 202: Information Model
  • Module 203: Introduction to GFIPM
  • Module 204: Service Interface Description Document
  • Module 300: Execution Context Guidelines
  • Module 400: Implementation Labs
    • 400-A: Soap UI version
    • 400-B: Eclipse/ServiceMix version
    • 400-C: .NET version

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