N-Dex is a national system to support the investigative process allowing all law enforcement agencies of any size and jurisdiction to share incident related information (not intelligence) to correlate crime information and find suspects. The system has the potential of fulfilling the need to allow local, state, tribal and Federal law enforcement to share incident information that will lead to higher clearance rates and greater productivity and effectiveness of the investigative function.
Justice and Law Enforcement Information Exchange Clearinghouse Goes Live
Yesterday, the IJIS Institute announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice has added an information exchange clearinghouse to its web site to allow government and industry developers to post information exchange package descriptions (IEPD's) about information exchanges that have been documented in law enforcement and justice. The site is at http://it.ojp.gov/iepd/.
The purpose of the clearinghouse is to provide a single source of information on IEPD's that have been developed or are being developed so that others can find models to follow or collaborate on the development of documentation packages for specific exchanges. The IEPD is a well-defined set of artifacts about an information exchange, including XML schema that conforms to the Global Justice XML Data Model (GMXDM). The concept behind the definition of the IEPD and the process which has been developed for creating them is to promote component reuse in the development of information sharing activities in the law enforcement and justice world.
Information sharing has two parts: one is the policy part which decides when, and under what circumstances it is legal to share information; and the other is the technical part which establishes standards and procedures that makes it technically possible to share information. It is the technical part of this that the IJIS Institute was established to address.