NIEM Background and Benefits

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is more than a standard for exchanging information; it is a community-driven, proven foundation and approach for the exchange of data amongst organizations.

NIEM originated in the United States back in 2005, as the evolution of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). Since that time, it has become both broader and more detailed, and is now used across over a dozen different domains in the US.

NIEM is managed and governed by the NIEM Program Management Office (PMO) in the US. The NIEM PMO maintains a comprehensive web site dedicated to helping users become familiar with and use NIEM.

Benefits of Using NIEM

NIEM has been proven to reduce the total cost of ownership of exchanging information amongst organizations, through facilitating the exchange of information within communities of interest. This provides the potential to vastly improve the availability of timely and accurate information for use in making decisions.

NIEM also provides tools, methodologies and processes to implement information exchanges and interoperable systems. By facilitating the exchange of information between existing systems, current systems need not be replaced or significantly changed.

A concise description of the value of NIEM is presented in the following video: NIEM Simplified.This video is also available in French and in Spanish.

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