What is NIEM?
NIEM—the National Information Exchange Model—is a community-driven, government-wide, standards-based approach to exchanging information.
NIEM may sound complex, but the premise of it is simple:
NIEM connects communities of people who share a common need to exchange information in order to advance their mission.
Used in all 50 states and internationally, NIEM is available to everyone. It is a consistent starting point—which includes a data model, governance, training, tools, technical support services, and an active community—that assists users in adopting a standards-based approach to exchanging data.
When it matters most—protecting citizens, responding to disasters, monitoring prescription drug abuse, identifying welfare assistance eligibility, or providing support services to children and families—NIEM provides quick access to accurate, complete, and actionable information.
How does NIEM work?
NIEM brings together diverse communities that collectively leverage NIEM tools, processes, and technologies to increase efficiencies and improve decision-making.
Think of NIEM as a set of building blocks that are used as a consistent baseline for creating information exchanges so that the sender and receiver of information share a common, unambiguous understanding of the meaning of that information. NIEM ensures that a basic set of information is well understood and carries the same consistent meaning across various communities, thus allowing interoperability to occur.
NIEM is not…
- A database.
- A system.
- A technology stack.
Questions about NIEM?