Information Transport Service Messaging Service

Information Transport Service Messaging Service

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IC Technical Specifications

Information Transport Service Messaging Service



This XML Data Encoding Specification for Information Transport Service Messaging Service (ITS-MS.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode ITS-MS 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 ITS-MS data assertion concepts using XML within the use of a Trusted Data Format (TDF) Object or Collection.

This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines how to properly structure a valid instance of an ITS-MS assertion that would conform with this specification. Use of TDF is required for compliance with this DES. A TDF may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

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.

The IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Standards Coordination Activity (DSCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT) maintains this specification.

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Mission Requirements

Initially, the primary purpose of this specification is that it will be the basis of the IC's Enterprise Audit solution and the subsequent exchange of audit information, and is a requirement for participation in the IC Enterprise Audit Program. However, any exchange of TDF packages using ITS should use this assertion specification.