Why Geospatial in NIEM ? DHS//OCIO/GMO Mark Eustis February 10, 2006
outline • what is NIEM? • why bother? • where are we now? • where do we go from here? • who?
what Is NIEM? • National Information Exchange Model. • DoJ & DHS + allies & interested parties • Local law enforcement ! • announced 28 February, 2005. • an information sharing and data exchange standard
why bother? • Why insert geospatial to NIEM? • knowing where things are makes a huge difference • well, sure. we know that. this is the F G DC, right? • But the “boots and suits” community as a whole is just beginning to understand geospatial • information exchange (should be) a two-way street • Federal entities want for accurate information from local sources • Local & regional partners are looking for big-picture assistance • Addressing & geospatial standards in NIEM help streamline standards adoption in an emerging geospatial community • It’s easier to make an impact on the front of an adoption curve • Still, it will take time to implement through software vendors in the law enforcement/emergency services space
where are we now? • a standards-based geospatial approach inserted to NIEM • Standards content was derived or copied directly from: • analysis that generated the Geospatial View of the Department of Homeland Security’s overall Enterprise Architecture • Pilot activities in Project Homeland & an ongoing DHS//OCIO/ITEP grant • FGDC Homeland Security Working Group & Address Standards Working Group, • ISO TC/211, the Open Geospatial Consortium • and others • same standards used to construct an Information Exchange Package (IEP) for the Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection (HSIP) database
what’s next? • open information exchange? • constituent agencies in the NIEM community seek uptake of ‘local’ content • ‘local’ content providers seek input from the NIEM federal community • What drives federal uptake? • Granularity for situation awareness • What drives ‘locals’ to seek input? • grants • How do granularity & visibility translate into money? • Tighter coupling between geospatial at the ‘local’ level and Public Safety • Federal partners contribute grants to ‘local’ situational awareness systems built on NIEM standards for addressing, location, routes, etc. • NIEM-compliant systems share data with Federal partners • Federal partners share situational awareness with ‘local’ constituents
who? • Mark.Eustis@associates.dhs.gov • 202-205-5522 telephone • 443-822-3452 cell