MTG provides the following services to assist state and local government agencies in the development and implementation of their information sharing architectures:

  • Integration Program/Project Management
    • Scoping and stakeholder engagement
    • Requirements facilitation
    • Procurement/acquisition of standards-based solutions
    • NIEM Training
  • Technical Architecture Development
    • Enterprise architecture (e.g., TOGAF)
    • Enterprise data modeling (e.g., UML)
    • Development of XML and web service specifications
  • Quality Assurance
    • Verification of conformance with NIEM and NIEM-based standards

MTG has supported the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and its predecessor, the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), as frameworks for standards-based information sharing since 2002.  Over the years, MTG has developed dozens of NIEM and GJXDM-based specifications, enterprise data models, and open standards.  From that experience, we have developed and refined methodologies and tooling for developing and implementing NIEM-based architectures.

In the course of our deep experience, we have found the following:

  • Enterprises need common data models and interface specifications.
    • Internal models enable
      • Interface and code reuse inside an organization
      • Avoidance of lock-in to proprietary APIs.
    • External models enable
      • Exchange with stakeholders in other domains
      • Interface reuse with additional stakeholders in the future without refactoring.
  • NIEM supports domain-independent data models but is large and complex.
    • Reference Model includes thousands of elements.
    • Naming and Design Rules require training to fully understand.
  • Other NIEM tooling options do not provide a complete solution.
    • NIEM-UML Profile does not reduce the learning curve.
    • NIEM architectures need to support the full development life cycle.

In response, MTG has developed a methodology for addressing these issues:

  • As needed, scope and establish an enterprise architecture based on TOGAF
  • Facilitate and model architecture and interface requirements using UML
  • Map requirements to NIEM and web service architectures
  • Develop NIEM XML and web service interface specifications
  • Assist in the acquisition/implementation of solutions that conform to the specifications
  • Validate conformance of the solutions to the specifications

In addition, MTG has developed UML-based tooling for developing and managing NIEM architectures called niem-tools.