Community Shared Resources

Community Shared Resources

Chief Information Officer

IC Technical Specifications

Community Shared Resources


This IC enterprise data encoding specification defines detailed implementation guidance for Community Shared Resources (CSR) to sub-set the large possible combinations of specification versions.  CSRs are systems or services that live on the enterprise and are made available for use by the community.  This specification defines the minimum relationship sets of specifications mandatory for consuming systems (CSRs that receive data), and the allowed relationship sets for production systems (CSRs that transmit data).

This standard supports Executive Order (EO) 13526, Classified National Security Information which "prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information," across national security disciplines, networks, services, and data.

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 Services Coordination Activity (DSCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).

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Mission Requirements

All systems at the enterprise level need to be able to send and receive with a common vocabulary to permit understanding.  Since the decoupling of the IC Technical Specifications from one another, permitting them to revision independently, the potential combinations of versions of the specifications that can be mixed and matched together have grown exponentially.  This puts a large burden on data producers and consumers on the enterprise to be able to produce and/or interpret all possible combinations. The ever-growing number of combinations leads to a need to have a minimal number of sets of combinations that CSRs must be able to produce/consume to relieve them of the infeasible burden of being able to produce/consume all possible combinations.