SOURCE: Metatomix

October 02, 2007 09:00 ET

Metatomix Announces Semantic Framework for Justice Industry

Framework to Connect Disparate Justice Data Systems, Provide Standards-Based Search and Facilitate Information Exchange

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Court Technology Conference -- Metatomix, Inc., a leading provider of semantic solutions to financial services, justice, manufacturing and life sciences organizations, today announced the availability of its semantic framework for justice. Leveraging the company's semantic middleware platform, the justice framework is the industry's first environment for building and deploying semantically enabled justice solutions. The framework encompasses open data standards as defined by federal government agencies for implementing information sharing solutions in courts, law enforcement and corrections domains.

The justice framework features several key capabilities including the ability to deploy searchable IEPDs (Information Exchange Package Documentation) within Metatomix's Judicial Inquiry System (JIS) and Criminal Investigation (CI) products. By adopting this standard approach to information sharing, Metatomix provides partners and customers the ability to enhance and extend the scope of information that the company's justice solutions provide. Additionally, the framework supports the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) 2.0 standards and tools, ensuring that agencies will remain and continue to grow with the standards developed and disseminated by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Additionally, the framework offers a new set of integrated justice core services that provide a layer of functional separation between the data sources to which the solution connects and the functionality of the system that delivers vital, real-time information to the end user. The framework also enables deploying SPARQL (Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language)-enabled queries for the applications, leveraging the common information model of the ontology and the tools to convert these XML standards to ontologies that help deliver semantic functionality.

"The semantic framework for justice underscores our commitment to and experience with the justice industry," said Jeff Dickerson, CEO of Metatomix. "Our justice customers' feedback is reflected in every aspect of the solution announced today. Working with them we have developed this framework to meet the real-world needs of organizations tasked with administering justice across many functions and systems."

The framework also adheres to the following critical justice industry standards:

--  Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) -- This standard
    allows for a query to consist of triple patterns, conjunctions,
    disjunctions and optional patterns;
--  National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) 2.0 standard -- Released
    this past July, NIEM 2.0 is designed to enable jurisdictions to effectively
    share critical information in emergency situations, as well as support the
    day-to-day operations of agencies throughout the nation;
--  Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) -- As a
    specification for data exchange that defines usage of data elements for
    data sharing, IEPD is the focal point of NIEM interoperability;
--  Global Justice eXchange Data model (GXJDM) -- This a common data model
    within the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM©) includes a data
    model, a data dictionary and an XML schema.

The semantic framework for justice comes as the company also announces that both Coweta and Cherokee Counties in Georgia are leveraging Metatomix's Judicial Data Exchange (JDX) product.

About Metatomix, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Metatomix is a leading provider of semantic solutions to financial services, justice, manufacturing and life sciences organizations. Metatomix solutions link data from disparate systems to create a common semantic understanding across the enterprise. Using this contextual understanding, Metatomix solutions enable real-time analysis and insights, orchestrating and coordinating responses among both people and systems to optimize business performance. For more information, visit the Metatomix Web site at

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