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Intelligence Publications

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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).


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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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ORCON Need to Know Access

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

ORCON Need to Know Access

Overview


This Access Control Encoding Specification for ORCON (OC-NTK.ACES.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for providing access utilizing OC (Originator Controlled) data. This Access Control Encoding Specification (ACES) defines the use of combinational logic between data and user/entity attributes. This logic is intended to be used in the decisional process of access control decisions based on XML elements and attributes that represent OC data concepts and the associated user attributes.

The Access Control Encoding ORCON specification (OC.NTK.ACES.V1) furthers IC Enterprise goals by codifying mappings and combinational logic between data attributes and user/entity attributes to facilitate consistent enterprise-wide Boolean access decisions. Historically, access control decisions have been made in local environments based on local interpretations of agreements and policies resulting in decisions that are not uniform across the entire enterprise. OC-NTK.ACES hopes to reduce the need for such local interpretations and further the goal of improving data exchanges and processing of information by documenting and encoding the enterprise interpretation. OC-NTK.ACES provides both abstract and concrete guidance for making access control decisions. The generic abstract guidance is intended to be used in various contexts for making informed access decision logic, but it is the goal of OC-NTK.ACES to also provide concrete guidance in appendixes or separate annexes for certain contexts.

Data assets on the enterprise may be marked with a dissemination control of ORCON, or originator controlled. Persons or NPEs wishing to access or distribute such data must first be granted the ability to do so by the originator of the data asset. Access control systems need to be able to determine the meaning of the attributes related to ORCON on data assets as well as the relation between those attributes and the attributes that belong to entities in order to make informed available and accurate dissemination decisions.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

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

The IC Chief Information Officer maintains this specification  via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Entity Specification Tiger Team (ESTT). 

Data Encoding Specification Downloads

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Mission Requirements
This specification depends upon the following specifications:

  • XML Data Encoding Specification for Need-To-Know (NTK.XML.V8+) version 8 or higher
  • XML Data Encoding Specification for Originator Control Need-To-Know Profile (OC-NTK.XML v1+) ~ OC-NTK.XML
  • XML Data Encoding Specification Information Security Markings (ISM.XML v9+)
  • XML CVE Encoding Specification for US Government Agency Acronyms
 
This specification defines & baselines Access Control Encoding for OC (Originator Controlled) and establishes allowable use of encoding logic values between data and user/entity attributes for the IC Enterprise.

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 208, 209, 500-20, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM) - 2007-200-2 among others.


This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of access control encoding for originator controlled mappings to enable overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives.

US Agency Acronym

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

US Agency Acronym

Overview


This XML Data Encoding Specification for US Agency Acronyms (USAgency.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode US Agency data. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing US Agency data concepts using XML. Versions 1 and higher of this Data Encoding Specification (DES) can be utilized with a Trusted Data Format structure and valid PUBS instances that use a Trusted Data Format (TDF) wrapper. A TDF instance may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

This XML Data Encoding Specification lists & defines a set of US Agency Acronyms (with their definitions) in various Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration (CVE) file formats for use by agencies in the IC Enterprise.  It contains valid acronyms for use within the IC Enterprise for IC Agency publishing organizations, agencies, and Cabinet Offices.

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.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

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)

CVE Encoding Specification Downloads

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Mission Requirements


This specification defines & baselines a Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration for US Agency acronyms / definitions and establishes allowable US Agency Acronym values for the IC Enterprise.

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 208, 209, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM) - 2007-200-2 among others.

This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of US Agency Acronyms to enable  overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives.

IC Implementations shall conform to this specification and MUST adhere to all normative aspects of the specification.

US Government Agency

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IC CIO Enterprise Integration & Architecture

US Government Agency

Overview


This XML Data Encoding Specification for US Government Agency Acronyms (USGOVAgency.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode USGOVAgency data. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing USGOVAgency data concepts using XML. Versions 1 and higher of this Data Encoding Specification (DES) can be utilized with a Trusted Data Format structure and valid PUBS instances that use a Trusted Data Format (TDF) wrapper. A TDF instance may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

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.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

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)


CVE Encoding Specification Downloads

Latest Approved Version


Mission Requirements


This specification defines & baselines a Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration for US GOV Agency acronyms / definitions and establishes allowable US Agency Acronym values for the IC Enterprise.

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 208, 209, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM - 2007-200-2 among others.

This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of US Gov Agency Acronyms to enable  overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives

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