a formal, legally binding manner.

Another problem is performance. XML takes up to 10 times the processing power used by other data formats, according to some reports. By storing information as text, XML creates large files, in part, because each element within a document must be tagged. That strains servers and computer networks

The Users

Plenty of jurisdictions are going down the Global JXDM path. Kentucky proposed to electronically transmit data collected at the time of booking from the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to state prosecutors' case management system. Wisconsin's Department of Justice will use Global JXDM to provide justice personnel access to current conditions of probation and parole.

The Unified Port of San Diego, the Los Angeles Port Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff now share data with the San Diego Harbor Police Department, as part of an initiative undertaken with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparation. The project is the first commercialized use of the Global JXDM standard, thanks to a partnership with Crossflo Systems.

A host of other jurisdictions are using Global JXDM, including North Carolina's Department of Justice, Arizona's state courts, Arkansas' Integrated Justice Information Systems Program, Colorado's Integrated Criminal Justice Information System, Pennsylvania's JNET system and Minnesota's Department of Public Safety.

Tod Newcombe  |  Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.