Technical documentation is continuously being developed in order to assist agencies and developers in better understanding the Global Justice Extensible Markup Language (XML) Data Model (Global JXDM). In the Supporting Resources section, there are links to Global JXDM-related resources, including Component Definitions and Examples, Requirements and Guidelines, and Specifications that may contribute to an understanding of the Global JXDM. Additional XML Resources are also provided regarding Extensible Markup Language (XML) technology.
Global JXDM Supporting Resources
The ongoing task of pursuing a justice data model is a collective enterprise in the truest sense of the term. This list provides contact information for the organizations and individuals who have contributed their time and energy to developing the Global Justice XML Data Model.
The following supporting resources will contribute to the user's understanding of the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM) and provide references to specific ''current'' technical information and guidelines necessary for practical Global JXDM implementation. Resources are organized into categories: Component Definitions and Examples; Requirements and Guides; and Specifications and Tools.
This document provides a glossary of terms used and Internet links referenced in the Global Justice XML Data Model project.
Component Definitions and Examples
The basic concept of the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM) is to provide a base set of information ''components'' that can be reused and extended to meet the requirements of information exchanges across the justice community. The following resources cover some of the basic components used to describe exchangeable data elements and the constructs used for tagging data and rendering components.
Requirements and Guides
The following rules, guides, and recommendations are provided for the purpose of assisting developers in their efforts to implement projects using the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM). These include a link to conformance requirements for Global JXDM compliance, the Global JXDM Implementation Guidelines.
Integral to the success of the Global Justice XML standards effort is the promulgation of written guidelines to facilitate Global JXDM implementation by the justice community. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), awarded a grant to SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, to provide Global JXDM technology assistance and to develop a User Guide to support Global JXDM implementation. A Global JXDM User Guide Review Committee, comprised of subject-matter and industry experts, was formed to develop this guide. As a result, Building Exchange Content Using the Global Justice XML Data Model: A User Guide for Practitioners and Developers is now available for users at all levels of technical proficiency and Global JXDM implementation readiness. While this User Guide is not a primer on XML or data processing, BJA, in developing the outline, realized that the guide needed to reach a broad audience. Through its experience in providing technical assistance over the past year, BJA discovered that agencies and jurisdictions are at varying levels of readiness with respect to implementing the Global JXDM. As a result, the guide was developed for those at the evaluation and exploration stage, as well as for those who have incorporated XML into their systems' architecture but still need instruction and examples defining information exchange packages, queries, and messages.
This resources lists informal conformance requirements for Global JXDM compliance. The Global JXDM is a reference model. This means it is not a rigid standard that must be used exactly as it is in its entirety. The Global JXDM was designed as a core set of building blocks that are used as a consistent baseline for creating exchange documents and transactions within the justice community. While an XML schema rendering of the entire model exists, it is not a requirement for Global JXDM compliance that this entire schema be used for validation.
Many justice and public safety organizations have been working to define information exchanges, conformant with the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM), to be used within their information sharing enterprise. Recently, a number of justice practitioner and industry organizations have been working to define ''reference'' information exchanges, intended as models for information exchanges that meet specific business needs. The Global XML Structure Task Force (GXSTF) recognized the need to identify and describe a common set of artifacts to document the structure and content of a Global JXDM-conformant XML instance used in an information exchange to meet a specific business purpose. This set of artifacts is referred to as ''Global JXDM Information Exchange Package Documentation.''
GTTAC, GXSTF, and the XML Advisory Committee have made the recommendation for this paper to become the accepted terminology for characterizing information exchange solutions using the Global JXDM. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has accepted this recommendation.
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