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Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Guidelines for Identifying and Designing Services Version 1.1

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Date Published
May 2011
42 pages
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This document provides an approach to identifying and designing services that will enable effective information sharing among justice partners and utilizes several proven methodologies for services identification and design, combining those methodologies into a cohesive approach that is aligned with the Global Reference Architecture.


This guidelines document takes into consideration the challenges facing justice organizations when they are seeking to implement information sharing initiatives. The methodology presented in this document is based on analysis of the business capabilities and technical environment that influence information sharing and relies on interaction analysis methodologies to elaborate and refine the results of the capabilities analysis. This document’s intended audience includes project managers, business analysts, technical architects, and developers responsible for researching, planning, designing, or implementing the Global Reference Architecture (GRA). The document introduces GRA and discusses prerequisites and considerations, concepts, service identification methodology, terms and acronyms lists, and references. Appendices include Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), Federal Transition Framework (FTF), and a Business Capabilities Analysis example, as well as a document history.

Date Published: May 1, 2011