Getting Started

What is NIEM?

NIEM is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations.


NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable, and repeatable data terms, definitions, and processes.

Who uses NIEM?

Using NIEM as a foundation, organizations have been able to achieve some pretty amazing things.

How can I spread the word about NIEM?

Access multi-media materials that help you explain what NIEM is, how it works, and the benefits it offers.

What's next for NIEM?

As NIEM evolves, we continue to look for ways to simplify use, embrace technology trends, and welcome new communities through strategic initiatives.

What’s in the NIEM Model?

The NIEM model defines terms, definitions, and relationships for data being exchanged.

Is there a technical deep dive on NIEM?

NIEM has detailed information available in TechHub that spans from exchange development to technical specifications to integration capabilities such as security markings.

What if I’m using JSON?

NIEM supports using JSON for exchanging data using the NIEM vocabulary.

How can I integrate geospatial with NIEM?

The Geo4NIEM initiative provides guidance on leveraging NIEM content in map-based environments.

Are there resources to jumpstart exchange development?

The IEPD Starter Kit includes templates, examples, and tutorials to help developers get started.

How do I use NIEM with UML?

You can develop NIEM exchanges in UML rather than directly coding XML schema.