Geospatial Enhancement for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) (Geo4NIEM)

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The Geo4NIEM Project was organized to address specific functional requirements to meet the following objectives:

The Geo4NIEM initiative, which began in February 2013 and ended in October 2013, addressed important Information Exchange requirements leading to development of recommendations to enhance the geospatial capabilities within the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). Sponsors identified specific Information Exchange Packages (IEPs) from Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice/Law Enforcement domain and Maritime domain as representative examples for investigation in this initiative. The focus of efforts was to address requirements in the context of the following information exchange domain areas:



Geo4NIEM initiative Sponsors were:


Final Demonstration

In a demonstration that concluded the Geo4NIEM project, working from a scenario in which a hurricane strikes New York City, the initiative’s technology provider participants showed how enhanced geospatial capabilities enable situational awareness through the ability to identify, process, and comprehend critical information about an incident. OGC Geo4NIEM Initiative technology provider participants included OGC members Galdos, The Carbon Project, Luciad and ArdentMC.


In the demo, specific Information Exchange Packages (IEPs) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were implemented using widely employed open standards to support rapid and flexible communication of geospatial information in cross-community information exchange domains such as public safety, emergency management and maritime operations oversight. The following two NIEM information exchanges were used for testing and demonstration in this project.

See videos at the link below for two NIEM specific use cases that were used to test findings and recommendations arising from the Geo4NIEM project. The two NIEM Information Exchange use cases were:

Geo4NIEM videos:

A detailed Geo4NIEM OGC Engineering Report is available to the public on the OGC Public Engineering Report website.

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