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Building a data aggregation reference architecture – with industry’s help

The President’s National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS), signed in December 2012, confirmed that data aggregation and correlation is one of the top 10 priorities for information sharing. It’s one of the priority objectives outlined in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

We are looking to develop a reference architecture for distributed data correlation and entity resolution systems, called for by the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (ISA IPC) and the Data Aggregation Working Group (DAWG), with cooperation from the DHS's Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T).

We have released an official Request for Information (RFI) for inputs – from industry, international partners, government, anyone! – on specific elements the reference architecture should include, how it should be written, and other details. We are eager for industry contributions to help define a future architecture to support the vision of cross-organization information sharing of correlated data and resolved entities.

We know we can’t write this alone. We need to harness information and expertise that exists outside of the four walls of government to ensure the reference architecture is a useful one.

Stay tuned. We are excited about the possibilities of working on this document across governments and sectors.