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NIEM Celebrates Eight Years

Can you believe it? Today, April 19, the NIEM program celebrates another birthday! Eight years ago, who would have thought we’d still be talking about our growing community.

Our growth is evident, and it does have people talking! The NIEM LinkedIn group has steadily grown since its launch in April 2009. We’re up to 2,729 members and going strong, with a steady stream of comments and ongoing discussions, mostly from community members across multiple perspectives. I enjoy reading on a daily basis the conversations on what’s important to the NIEM community.

Calling All Potential NTAC Members

The NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) is looking for NIEM-savvy techies to join the committee!

What does the NTAC do?

Responsibilities include:

  • Defining and governing the technical and structural architecture associated with NIEM development and implementation.
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining the technical specifications for the NIEM community.

NIEM 3.0 Alpha 2 Release—Open Public Review!

Since August 2012, the NIEM community has been working on NIEM Version 3.0—the next major release of the NIEM model. The last time we had a major new release was 2007!  NIEM 3.0 is on schedule to launch in fall 2013!

NIEM Biometrics Domain Collaborates with National Counterterrorism Center

On Tuesday March 12, the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Biometrics domain (NBD) team briefed the National Counterterrorism Center’s Biometric Working Group (NCTC BWG) on the domain’s recent efforts. Representatives from the NCTC included the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigations, Terrorist Screening Center, National Security Agency, Customs and Border Protection, and Department of State.

Community Gathers for a NIEM Town Hall

Once again, NIEM community members came together for a NIEM Town Hall. In total, 279 community members—from federal, state, local, international, and the private sector—tuned in to hear about an array of exciting topics, ranging from program and domain updates to state success stories.

Biometrics Domain Submits First Official Content—To Be Included In NIEM 3.0

Great news! A team composed of members from the NIEM Biometrics domain community has successfully drafted and submitted content for the NIEM version 3.0 release—forming the core of the new NIEM Biometrics domain. This means that in 3.0, developers will have a more robust mechanism for exchanging biometric-related data using NIEM. This submission includes fingerprint, facial, and tattoo biometric content. The Biometrics domain’s administrative team has also developed a release roadmap for other Biometrics content types, such as iris and dental.

NIEM Town Hall February 14th!

We’re kicking off the new year with a Town Hall, and you’re invited! Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST.