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Intelligence Community Identifier

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

CDR: Intelligence Community Identifier

Overview

Intelligence Community Identifier is defined in two encoding specifications, the TXT and XML encodings. The Text Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Community Identifier (IC-ID.Text) defines detailed implementation guidance for textual identifiers to be used with a variety of text-based encodings. The XML Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Community Identifier (IC-ID.XML), defines how to incorporate those identifiers into XML structures.

This specification is applicable to the Intelligence Community (IC) and information produced by, stored, or shared within the IC. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) may have relevance outside the scope of intelligence; however, prior to applying outside of this defined scope, the DES should be closely scrutinized and differences separately documented and assessed for applicability.

This specification applies to the IC, as defined by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended; and such other elements of any other department or agency as may be designated by the President, or designated jointly by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the head of the department or agency concerned, as an element of the IC. Joint and Coalition forces may use this specification but it is not required.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT)

Data Encoding Specification Downloads

Latest Approved Version

Intelligence Community Identifier, Version 1 (10 Apr 13)

Mission Requirements

(U) Information sharing within the national intelligence enterprise will increasingly rely on unique identifiers in shared intelligence. A structured, verifiable representation of unique identifiers to the intelligence data is required in order for the enterprise to become inherently "smarter" about the information flowing in and around it. Such a representation, when implemented with other data formats, improved user interfaces, and data processing utilities, can provide part of a larger, robust information assurance infrastructure capable of automating some of the management and exchange decisions today being performed by human beings.

(U) “Intelligent” identifiers (embedded names, dates, organizations) are fragile. - Reassignments, recalls, and reorganizations make these kind of identifiers obsolete or meaningless over time. Lack of a globally unique identifier makes certain technical challenges harder, such as search, access control, duplicate detection, citations, folder references, etc. IC-ID alleviates these problems with an identifier that can be guaranteed globally unique and can be used into the indefinite future.

Intelligence Publications

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

Intelligence Publications

Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Publications

Overview

This IC enterprise data encoding specification defines XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, permissible values, and constraint rules for representing electronic textual information resources. Textual information resources consist primarily of text supplemented by interspersed non-textual information. Examples include assessments, studies, estimates, compilations, reports, and other document-oriented information.

This specification contains tagging structures for information resource metadata, mixed textual and media content found in the body of publications, source reference citations, classification and control markings, and knowledge assertions. Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification changed names and numeric designators multiple times since its inception in the late 1990's. Each version listed below supersedes the prior version.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).


Data Encoding Specification Downloads

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  • XML Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Publications V12 (PUBS.XML.V12) 10 Apr 13

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Mission Requirements

This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives 203, 206, 208, 501, and 710, among others. Features of this specification are provided to support:

  • Improving publication and dissemination efficiency by reducing the cost and time for performing manual and complex rendering, manipulation, and content transformation.
  • Facilitating discovery and exchange of intelligence publications between collectors, all-source analysts, and consumers.
  • Capturing overall security marking metadata in order to support attribute-and clearance-based information management practices, such as: secure collaboration, content management, content and portion-level filtering of discovery results, and content transfers across security domains.
  • Capturing source reference citations to provide intelligence producers the ability to systematically analyze how and at what frequency the data they gather or produce is being used.
  • Capturing and retaining a greater understanding of an intelligence publications meaning, purpose, genesis, and characteristics as identified by a human or service.

Abstract Data Definition

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

Abstract Data Definition

Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition

Overview


The Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition (IC.ADD) defines the high-level types of data and metadata that are important to the IC.

The selected or developed physical Data Encoding Specifications established by the IC map to the IC.ADD's abstract data elements providing a means to relate or translate different physical data encodings.The abstract data elements defined in the IC.ADD are not meant to be implementable within enterprise systems. IC elements should implement the physical Data Encoding Specifications that implement these abstract data elements.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).

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Abstract Data Definition (2)

Chief Information Officer

IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

Abstract Data Definition

Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition

Overview


The Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition (IC.ADD) defines the high-level types of data and metadata that are important to the IC.

The selected or developed physical Data Encoding Specifications established by the IC map to the IC.ADD's abstract data elements providing a means to relate or translate different physical data encodings.The abstract data elements defined in the IC.ADD are not meant to be implementable within enterprise systems. IC elements should implement the physical Data Encoding Specifications that implement these abstract data elements.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).

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Need-To-Know Metadata

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

Need-To-Know Metadata

XML Data Encoding Specification for Need-To-Know Metadata

Overview

This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes; associated structures and relationships; mandatory and cardinality requirements; and permissible values for representing NTK metadata associated with an information resource or part of an information resource using XML. NTK.XML can be incorporated into other Data Encoding Specifications.

NTK metadata facilitates automated systems making a “need-to-know” (NTK) access determination about an information resource. These metadata are used to represent the system-specific properties assigned to an information resource that will be used, in conjunction with information about the user, and possibly other information, to determine the user’s access to the data. A single information resource may include multiple occurrences of these metadata in order to specify NTK information according to multiple, different access systems.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).


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Mission Requirements

Information sharing within the national intelligence enterprise frequently relies on being able to determine an individual’s NTK as one component in determining whether to allow access to data. The enterprise will increasingly rely on NTK metadata to allow users and systems to find and access a wide-range of data throughout the enterprise. A successful information sharing enterprise depends on the ability of data creators and or providers to specify means by which NTK can be established in a manner to facilitate discovery and access via automated means.

This DES provides a common specification for the means by which a data producer can encode, in their data, the information that an access system needs in order to determine how to grant access. This DES enables a comprehensive capability to appropriately protect data across the enterprise while also allowing access by individuals having appropriate NTK. The nature of the information to be encoded will vary system by system and could include lists of individuals or groups permitted access, descriptions of subject matter in terms defined by the access system, or other traits to be used in evaluating the access an individual has to the data.

This DES provides that common specification. Currently the particulars of any access system’s data needs are not defined. Details for specifying access information and documenting access parameters for particular access systems are to be added in the near future. The systems for which access information will be recorded and constrained will be expanded as their applicability’s are identified to the enterprise.

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