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Friday, June 28, 2013

The NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk kicked off the Beta release. In case you missed it, a summary of the event can be found below.

Over 170 participants dialed into the NIEM 3.0 Beta Tech Talk on June 25. Thank you to those who joined the call! If you missed it, don’t worry. You can download the original presentation here. We are also working hard to upload an accessibility compliant version of the presentation and video recording (i.e. the presentation with audio) on niem.gov/version3. Check back soon for these materials!

In the meantime, here are some highlights from the event:

What is 3.0?

Justin Stekervetz, federal co-chair of the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), kicked off the event with an overview of the NIEM model release cycle. Since its inception in 2006, NIEM has had three major releases (version 1.0, 2.0, and coming soon, 3.0) and one minor release (version 2.1). The difference between a major and minor release is the scope of change for the model. NIEM 3.0 is a major release—containing updates to both NIEM Core and domains. A minor release involves limited changes to domains.

Rome wasn’t built in a day—and neither is NIEM 3.0.

Since August 2012, the NIEM community has been working to build NIEM 3.0. Mark Kindl, Tech Talk presenter and a lead developer for version 3.0, explained that the model has been developed in several phases: Pre-alpha, Alpha 1, Alpha 2, and now Beta. Each phase builds on the work of the previous phase and further improves the model. The Beta phase is particularly important because it is the last chance for community feedback on the entire version 3.0. Community review of Beta is critical or we risk lingering issues in the final Release Candidate phase and in the final release products.

Want the juicy, technical details?

A Tech Talk wouldn’t be a "tech" talk if we didn’t also cover some of the nuts and bolts of NIEM 3.0. Mark Kindl provided a sneak peak of the Beta model and summarized the major 3.0 changes from NIEM 2.1. Curious to see for yourself? You can download beta here.

Webb Roberts, our third, but certainly not least, Tech Talk presenter, a technical developer working on NIEM 3.0, also highlighted a few of the 3.0 architectural enhancements. They include: more simplified structures, annotations, and schemas.

Ready to contribute? Here’s how!

The Beta Tech Talk coincided with the launch of NIEM 3.0 Beta for community review—and ended with an overview of how to contribute to the review process. You can access step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a Beta review and provide feedback here. The feedback period ends on July 8. Don’t delay—submit your feedback today!

But wait…there’s more!

We concluded the Tech Talk with an exciting Q&A round. The NIEM community asked great questions, which will be added to the NIEM 3.0 Frequently Asked Questions shortly.

If you were able to attend, we hope you found the event informative. If you weren't able to attend, we hope you’ll find the recording valuable and we look forward to seeing your feedback!

Don’t forget, Beta Public Review is from now until July 8th: REVIEW NOW.

Happy Reviewing!