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Global Reference Architecture (GRA) Service Specification Guideline V 1.2.0

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This document aims to describe an approach to integrating automated, computer software-based information systems, providing guidelines to justice organizations that are interested in following or applying the Global Reference Architecture in development of a Service-Oriented Architecture.


This Service Specification Guideline provides an approach to identifying and designing services that will enable effective information sharing among justice partners; it utilizes several proven methodologies for services identification and design and combines those methods into a cohesive approach that aligns with the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and takes into consideration the challenges that justice organizations face when implementing information sharing initiatives. The intended audience includes project managers, business analysts, technical architects, and developers charged with researching, planning, designing, or implementing the GRA; and readers should have a conceptual knowledge of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and be familiar with the GRA Specification. The document provides an overview of concepts behind service orientation and service design principles, and lays out the service identification methodology, its scope, drivers and objectives, system and business capabilities analysis, consolidation, interaction analysis, granularity analysis, prioritization, and interdependency analysis. Appendices provide the following documents: Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and FEA Business Reference Model (BRM); Federal Transition Framework (FTF) and Business Component Definitions; and Business Capabilities Analysis Example.