This report aims to describe the recommendation of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee for the design and development of an information system architecture that will support the operational requirements of justice agencies as well as the requirements for a national system for information sharing among the justice community.
This report states that the technology exists to support the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) vision of justice information sharing, and that there exists a conceptual framework for exploiting that technology to meet Global’s objectives. The technology consists of standards, specifications, and protocols that have been developed to support the Internet, and the conceptual framework is the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This report describes the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) recommendation for the design and development of an information system architecture that will support operational requirements and national system requirements for an information-sharing system that serves the justice community. The report’s target audience includes managers and policymakers who are responsible for providing leadership, resources, and management of the justice community. Before providing details and recommendations about SOA, the report discusses the six requirements that SOA must address for information sharing on a state, local, tribal, and national level.