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NIEM Approves the International Human Services and Learning and Development Domains

The NIEM Business Architecture Committee welcomes two new domains to the NIEM community. On 21 September 2021, the NIEM Executive Steering Committee (ESC) unanimously approved the addition of the International Human Services and the Learning and Development domains.

The International Human Services domain (IHS- Canada) is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and is tasked with determining eligibility for and providing benefits to eligible individuals and families in Canada.  The domain plans to engage with other communities of interest (COI) in the coming year to address broader information sharing needs. 

The Learning & Development domain is sponsored by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) program under the Defense Human Resource Activity (DHRA) in the Department of Defense. They are tasked with facilitating interoperability and promoting best practices for Distributed Learning (DL).  The Learning and Development domain intends to focus on the learner, learning objects, and learning devices.  The domain will focus on identifying co-chairs and reaching a broader community, to explore use cases that will be covered with NIEM.  There are roughly 2000 attributes that have already been identified as potential candidates for NIEM, but this proposed list will evolve as more folks are engaged and broad information sharing use cases are identified.

"We are excited to begin onboarding the International Human Services and Learning & Development domains. We look forward to incorporating their valuable content into the NIEM model," said Katherine Escobar, NIEM Managing Director. 

About NIEM
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) provides a model framework with rules and guidance designed to develop consistent, well-defined, enterprise level information exchanges. NIEM successfully supports communities of interest with a shared need to exchange data within federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies, internationally, and in the private sector.
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