The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations.
NIEM Enables a Common Understanding
If I say "vessel" and you say "boat", and he says "ship" and she says "conveyance", we may mean the same thing, but we have no way to tell our computer systems to treat the words as having the same meaning. Until we do, we'll all have separate facts about the same world—pieces of the big puzzle—but no common understanding or way to connect them.
This is the idea behind NIEM. It lets your system and my system speak—even if they've never spoken before—by ensuring that information carries the same consistent meaning across various communities.
Rather than starting from scratch, NIEM can save organizations time and money by providing consistent, reusable, and repeatable data terms, definitions, and processes.
Learn about the value of NIEM and what it can do for your organization.
NIEM in Action
For over 15 years, NIEM has facilitated information exchanges across a variety of mission spaces and subject areas. What began as a solution for the law enforcement and homeland security communities has since evolved into a wide range of subject matters and areas. For instance, this NEICE video highlights the role NIEM plays every day in child welfare and foster care. Learn more about NIEM's history here.
To learn more about how NIEM has evolved and the positive impact the Program makes on communities every day, visit the Success Stories page.