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What is it really?


XML Orb: VIEWS & Insights

David Webber

XML savant

blog: XMLOrb


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NIEM - Many things to many people

  • Cross-government information sharing
  • Interoperable and reusable
  • Cheaper better processes
  • Easier services for citizens
  • Safer society
  • Effective healthcare


  • Smarter Processes
  • Empowering Citizens
  • Privacy
  • Quicker and Simpler
  • Open Collaborative Infrastructure
  • Less Bureaucratic

Avoiding“God syndrome”

  • Belief in a single infallible solution
  • If we just do this it will make everything so much better
  • Life is complex, managing it is also
  • Common sense versus legal complexity

Trial and error

  • Iterative technology improvements
  • Avoiding engineering complexity
  • Trial, error, refinement
  • Taking risks, thinking outside the box
  • Computers make humans smarter
  • Relax, it helps creativity flow

Complexity explored

Complex not necessarily


Need to untangle complexity

NIEM for a broader world

A termite "cathedral" mound; example of emergence in nature –


NIEM Collections

  • People treat dictionaries, vocabularies, ontologies, associations, linguistics as complex and complicated
  • Need to focus on business goals, breaking problems down, looking only one degrees or two degrees away from desired outcomes

Dictionary based paradigm

  • Maturing Dictionary Technologies
  • Simple business information components
  • Leverages XML and semantics
  • Smart wizard agents manage content
  • Technology neutral representation model
  • Can be rendered into any target syntax

What people need

  • Business lexicon and search tools
  • Cross-domain analysis tools
  • Compare exchange to dictionary tools
  • Quality control evaluation reporting
  • Content management by domain

Smarter NIEM technology

  • Refactoring of NIEM core – basic reusable components – building blocks
  • Context as flexible option not rigidly hardwired by named components
  • XML is all about context by hierarchy - embrace it!

HOW will THIS help?

  • Easier for people to do
  • Simple logical business terms
  • Cross-domain information components
  • Intuitive mapping mechanisms
  • Better semantic techniques
  • Leveraging smart agent technology
  • Pre-built public open source components


  • The world is not a giant UML model
  • If my software can recognize an information component – that is dynamic reuse
  • Avoid unnecessary attribute overhead
  • Leveraging Content Assembly Mechanisms

Open Source resources

Download the CAM editor toolkit from: