Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
NIEM and the NIEM educational programs are funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance BJA, the Department of Justice DOJ, the Department of Homeland Security DHS, and the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment PM-ISE. The NIEM Practical Implementers eLearning Course was built with content from the successful traditional classroom version of the course by leveraging existing capabilities at the National Center for State Courts NCSC and with support from the IJIS Institute, SEARCH, and representatives from private industry.
The NIEM Practical Implementers eLearning Course instructs students on how to use NIEM by breaking it down into two distinct parts. The first part covers Extensible Markup Language XML concepts required to understand and work with NIEM. The second part addresses the higher-level implementation concepts and the steps necessary to build an information exchange using NIEM.
The online learning environment enables students to proceed at their own pace. Instructors will be available to answer any questions along the way, as well as to provide technical support in using the eLearning system.
The eLearning format includes the same case study materials and assignments featured in the traditional classroom version of the course, and instructors will accept and review the assignments to help students fully grasp the NIEM concepts taught during the course. Course topics are the same for both the traditional classroom and the eLearning course and include Anatomy of an XML Exchange, Basic XML and Advanced XML Schema for NIEM, Substitution Groups and Extension Schemas, IEPD Concepts and Exchange Content Modeling, Mapping and Subset Schema, and Packaging, Distribution, and Implementation.
To access and register for the NIEM Practical Implementers eLearning Course, visit http://www.niem.gov/elearning.php. Questions about the course can be directed to email@example.com.
Here is the link to the ComputerWorld magazine article: http://tinyurl.com/6nercd
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"This casebook is the first in its field on electronic discovery and digital evidence. Judge Scheindlin, the author of the landmark Zubulake opinions, is a leading author on electronic discovery issues in the federal judiciary. Professor Capra is the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules, a co-author of a five-volume treatise on evidence, and the principal author of Rule 502. Members of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, which published The Sedona Principles and is cited by courts and litigators on a daily basis, contributed commentary and practical guidance."
For information on ordering the book, go to:
Microsoft Outlook: 9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do
Customizing Comments and Revisions Tracking in Microsoft Word
Troubleshooting Word Macros
Deal with the Outlook E-Mail Deluge in 4 Steps
And for you Mac users:
Office 2008 for the Mac: 8 Things You Didn't Know
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"The NIEM Practical Implementer’s (PI) course is scheduled to be introduced in an online version later this year. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the IJIS Institute, and SEARCH have been working for the past year to make this project a reality. The NCSC has extensive experience in online training and currently offers an array of justice- and court-related classes and certification programs. The IJIS Institute was instrumental in developing the NIEM classroom material." "The online version of the NIEM PI course is a self-paced course powered by WebCT, an online virtual learning environment. Because it is not presented in real time, it allows the flexibility required by many developers, implementers, and business analysts."
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you may have about the class.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"Also intended to update NASCIO’s 2003 publication, “Innovative Funding for Innovative State IT: New Trends and Approaches for State IT Funding,” this report provides state CIOs with information and tools for the facilitation of innovative funding initiatives in their own states that enable delivery of savings, and improved IT services to citizens.
The report is available at www.nascio.org/publications".
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The NIEM Conformance document "provides a normative definition for the meaning of NIEM conformance, what it applies to, and what it does not apply to. It also outlines the benefits of conformance, and suggests sources of information, tools, and help for learning about NIEM conformance and its application."
Friday, September 19, 2008
The SubTech conference series is dedicated to substantive applications of information technology in law, as they are used or studied in legal education.
The historical application categories covered in the conferences include:
- Computer-aided instruction, broadly conceived
- Artificial intelligence & knowledge management
- Practice technologies like document automation
- Legal research, databases
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Tech Focus: Representing Idiosyncratic Data for NIEM IEPDs
- Statement for the the Record of Charles E. Allen: Information Sharing at the Federal, State, and Local Levels, July 23, 2008
- NIEM Case Study Ideas Needed!
- NIEM Adoption and Use: New York State- Devleopment of NIEM 2.0 Conformant IEPD for the New York Intrastate Criminal History Report (Rap Sheet)
- Featured FAQ: What are NIEM Universal and Common Core components?
- NIEM Clearinghouse Update
- Upcoming NIEM Trainings
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced the addition of 40 justice courts to the state court’s XChange service. XChange is a database of court case information that is available publicly for a monthly fee.
The XChange service provides case information—referred to as the court docket—and includes information such as when and what documents have been filed in the case, when and what hearings have been held or are scheduled in the case, when and what judgments have been entered in the case, and the outcome of completed cases. Justice courts hear primarily class B and C misdemeanors, infractions, and small claims cases.
“With the addition of justice courts to the XChange service, court users have access to case information in one central location,” said Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. Prior to the database expansion, accessing Justice Court case information required court users to contact each individual Justice Court.
The XChange database is used daily by government agencies, law enforcement, title companies, law firms, media outlets, and others to track the status of court cases. District Court case information has been available through the XChange service for more than 10 years. During the 2008 Legislative Session, a law was enacted that requires all justice courts to use a common case management system by the year 2011. As each Justice Court converts to the court’s common case management system, the XChange service will automatically add that court’s case information."
For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov.
Friday, August 29, 2008
CourTools Information Exchanges
CourTools is a set of ten trial court performance measures developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to provide court managers a balanced perspective on court operations. The NCSC subsequently developed Global Information Exchange Package Documentation sets (IEPD’s) representing standards for uploading data relating to specific CourTools measures. IEPD’s have been developed for four of the ten CourTools measures. For each CourTools measure, two separate IEPD’s were developed to share data between local courts and a state authority (Stage 1) and between the state authority and a national authority (Stage 2). The CourTools IEPD’s may be downloaded from the NCSC website at:
Direct download links for each IEPD (no longer valid - 12/2/10):
- Measure 2 – Clearance Rates, Stage 1
- Measure 2 – Clearance Rates, Stage 2
- Measure 3 – Time to Disposition, Stage 1
- Measure 3 – Time to Disposition, Stage 2
- Measure 4 – Age of Active Pending Caseload, Stage 1
- Measure 4 – Age of Active Pending Caseload, Stage 2
- Measure 5 – Trial Date Certainty, Stage 1
- Measure 5 – Trial Date Certainty, Stage 2
The review period for the above proposed standard(s) will end October 31, 2008. Comments regarding a “proposed standard” must be received by the end of the review period to assure consideration in advance of JTC’s decision on approval as a “recommended standard”.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Center for Access to Justice & Technology
Chicago-Kent College of Law
The NIEM User Guide and High-Level Version Architecture (HLVA) document have been posted to the NIEM web site on the "Downloads" page under the "Technical Documents" section. Each document is open for a public review period which ends September 15, 2008.
NIEM User Guide
NIEM High-Level Version Architecture
NIEM is the National Information Exchange Model, is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. It is designed to develop, disseminate and support enterprise-wide information exchange standards and processes that can enable jurisdictions to effectively share critical information in emergency situations, as well as support the day-to-day operations of agencies throughout the nation.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Is there an issue as to whether the electronic copy is the original or true copy? If so, then the documents should be printed to PDF.
Is there an issue that either a conforming or judge's signature is not affixed to the document? Then a digital signature and file stamp (or watermark) can be used.
Is there an issue regarding control? If so then digital rights management and encryption should be examined as a possible solution.
The point of this is that I believe a case management system should be focused on what its name says, managing cases. Documents can then be appropriately used, searched, and hopefully tagged to supplement the case management process and in the near future be applied for judicial research and use.
Next time, I'll write about self-docketing documents.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I’ve been testing Sun’s virtual machine software called VirtualBox. But of course there are many other options to explore such as industry leader VMware as well as Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007 software. Apple Mac users have Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion to choose from. An excellent list of different VM software is posted on Wikipedia at:
I have posted a picture here to show you that I was able to load MSDOS, OpenSUSE Linux, and Vista on top of the installed Windows XP on my laptop. Now to be realistic, I would need more RAM (chip) memory in my machine if I were to run all of these are the same time. But it does seem to do the job quite nicely, and has the advantage of being free to use. I thought you might enjoy the picture.
Now why are VM’s useful? I can think of three reasons off the top of my head. First, the obvious one is if there is a particular piece of software that only available on a particular operating system (OS), one can install that OS (legally licensed of course just like my Vista software) and then install the application.
Second, the ability to run older software programs to retrieve data could be particularly useful. One might notice in the picture, my old CMS from the 80’s in Arizona is running in the MS-DOS window. Therefore, if I had a court’s data from that system, I could run search and run reports without needing to convert the data. It is interesting to note that there is as project is building VMs for older minicomputer systems of the past: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIMH
A third reason is to be able to test software on different applications in “clean” OS environments. One can also emulate client / server networks or browser / server networks within a single machine. Many VM’s have the ability to create “snapshots” of a system that allows a baseline configuration from which new software or configurations can be tested. And if the approach doesn’t work; no problem, delete it and try again. In the near future I am going to build a Linux client working with a Microsoft server to learn the best way to configure such a system.
Using VM? Let us know and we’ll post your story.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The Intent to Bid letter is due at 4:00 p.m., Atlantic Standard Time on July 24, 2008 and Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time on August 18, 2008.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Culminating nearly two years of work, the functional requirements reference model was developed to provide developers of court case management software an authoritative set of requirements for the creation of specialized modules of court software systems. The Office of Court Administration, headed by Carl Reynolds, undertook the project in 2005 after receiving Court Improvement Program grant funding, which was given to the Supreme Court of Texas by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.
In Texas and most other states, child protection cases must follow tightly controlled timelines. The cases may have multiple participants, with the judge acting in a problemsolving role. The reference model may be the most comprehensive description ever created to address the special needs of courts handling child abuse and neglect cases. Judges, clerks, attorneys, and other stakeholders from around Texas worked closely with technologists to identify almost all aspects of child protection case management. This is not a system, but a set of blueprints that will enable any software developer to understand the unique court process utilized in this type of case to write the software, said Reynolds.
The Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families is chaired by Justice Harriet OrsquoNeill of the Supreme Court of Texas. Judge Darlene Byrne of Travis County chaired the Technology Committee, which oversaw the development of the functional requirements reference model. It is available on the Commission website, at: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/texdeck/frd/TexDECK%20Functional%20Requirements.htm .
Monday, July 7, 2008
Illinois Courts Announce E-Business Initiative 6/10/08
In a press release, Chief Justice Robert R. Thomas of the Illinois Supreme Court announced on May 23, 2008 a wide ranging plan to build a technological infrastructure that would link electronically all the courts in the state's 23 judicial circuits and 102 counties.quot For more information, an E-Business in the Illinois Judiciary website has been posted at: http://www.state.il.us/court/ebusiness/default.asp
Vermont Courts Announce Case Management System RFP 6/13/08
The State of Vermont Judiciary announced the posting of a Request for Proposal RFP for a new, consolidated, statewide courts case management, document management, and Efiling solution VCase. The RFP and Attachment files are posted on the Vermont BusinessToBusiness website at: http://www.vermontbusinessregistry.com/BidPreview.aspx?BidID=5627
Nebraska Starts Civil E-Filing 6/20/08
In a press release, quotthe Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts AOC, in collaboration with http://www.Nebraska.gov, has launched a new online system for attorneys to file new civil cases and to make subsequent filings on open cases. Attorneys who subscribe to http://www.Nebraska.gov are eligible to use the Efiling system. There are no addditional fees to file a case online. The normal court fees for filing cases are transferred electronically from the attorney's account, to the court of filing. The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine's Bar Bytes column for May, 2008 by William E. Olson contains additional information on the new system.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Mr. Reymond L.G. Taimanglo
Procurement and Fac. Mgt. Administrator
Procurement and Fac. Mgt. Division
Guam Judicial Center
120 West O'Brien Drive
Hagatna, Guam 96910
"The Oregon Judicial Department’s efforts to obtaining funding for the Oregon eCourt program earlier this year was successful. Two bills passed in the February 2008, Supplement Session provided 24 million in debt financing for Oregon eCourt. In addition, Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) has authority to spend $2 million from the Collections Account funds that have been set aside for a financial system eplacement. Receiving this funding allows OJD to move forward with the replacement of our existing case and financial management systems and to bring modern business tools and practices into the Oregon courts."
Video of testimony before the legislature supporting the eCourts initivative has been posted on YouTube. Here are links to the video clips:
Judges explain eCourt Urgency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoPjMQXQ3Lk
TCA explains eCourt Urgency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clbv5bq7R_Q
How eCourt improves sentencing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-a7Wnzmb7A
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The announcement listed the following learning objectives for the session:
- What state law permits and requires as to juvenile record sharing
- Statutory models that authorize multiple agency cooperation
- Interagency agreements and working memoranda of understanding
- About an important online resource
Monday, May 19, 2008
"Like most federal courts, the Northern District of Illinois created its website long before the advent of e-filing and the proliferation of hand-held computers."
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The committee also completed work on the Naming and Design Rules (NDR) Version 1.3, which provides conformance guidance for the NIEM data model and IEPD's built using it. In the coming months, NTAC will work with the other NIEM governance committees to prioritize the implementation of quality assurance measures and tool interface definitions. Finally, NTAC recommends that no major NIEM release occur before at least early 2010.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
A2J AUTHOR 2.0 IS HERE!
What’s special about 2.0?
Several enhancements, many of which were suggested by A2J Author™ users, have been included in Version 2.0. While some of the improvements in 2.0 face the pro se users of the A2J Guided Interviews™, most of the improvements make the tool more efficient and easier for the authoring community to use.
New Features for the authors of A2J Guided Interviews™ include the ability to:
- set multiple variables in a single condition;
- round and truncate numbers;
- script macros for sign text and field labels;
- script functions in either lowercase or uppercase letters;
- add unlinked questions to an interview;
- add or insert automatically numbered questions without
- disturbing the existing numbering scheme; and,
- for replicated interviews, clear all audio file references if they do not apply to the current interview.
The most prominent new 2.0 feature aimed at the user is an alternative end graphic. This feature provides the developer the ability to exchange the traditional courthouse graphic for an alternative graphic designated by the author. With the increasing popularity of the program as a means to conduct online web intake, programs will now be able to designate a graphic more in tune with the purpose of the interview.
While we are very proud to get you version 2.0, we are already hard at work on version 3.0, which promises to eclipse any of the previous versions of the software. Version 3.0 will bring video and graphics into the A2J Author interface and will deliver the import question(s) function.
Want to learn more?
Attend the next A2J Author Developer Call! We will discuss in more detail the new features and functions of A2J Author 2.0 and components of the A2J Author 2.0 Starter-Kit.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register for the Developer Call here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/549827495
Ready to upgrade to 2.0?
A2J Author™ 2.0 can be downloaded at the following location: http://www.a2jauthor.org
Is the “national server” (NPADO) upgraded with 2.0?
YES. The National Public Automated Documents Online server has been upgraded with A2J Viewer 2.0, the viewer through which all of your A2J Guided Interviews will be launched on the web. Version 2.0 of the “Viewer” should not have any adverse effect on A2J Guided Interviews created in either A2J Author 2.0 or any previous version of A2J Author.
Please be ALERT to the following:
While the A2J Viewer has been tested on the development server, we do not know exactly which of the thousands of interviews uploaded to the national server are in production. It is impossible for us to test all “live” interviews on the production server. Therefore, as introduction of new software always presents some risks, we recommend that you take some time this week, or as soon as possible, to test run those interviews which are in production. It would be worth everyone’s peace of mind, and very helpful to us, to at least check those interviews that receive a lot of traffic. Please notify our office immediately if you notice any inconsistencies, by phone (312-906-5328) or email (email@example.com).
Interested in attending A2J Author 2.0 Training?
A number of training sessions have been scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Each training session will include a new user component and an advanced component. You are welcome to attend the entire session or the first or second half. Each session will be held at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (CST). The agenda for each session is as follows:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (CST)
The first hour: New User Introduction to A2J Author 2.0
*Navigating A2J Author
*Adding, Inserting & Cloning Questions
*Designing Questions in A2J Author
*Adding an Alternative Graphic
1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. (CST)
1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
The second hour: “Stay after class” to learn advanced features
*Writing Conditions in 2.0
*Working with the “A2J Step” Program Variable
*Using Macros to Set Multiple Choice Labels
*Other New Features Q&A
SESSION #1 - April 9, 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/371854498
SESSION #2 - April 11, 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/798417812
SESSION #3 - April 15, 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986096089
SESSION #4 - April 16, 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/764143830
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
San Francisco – The Superior Court of San Joaquin County yesterday became the most recent trial court in California to launch the California Court Case Management System (CCMS), a new technology initiative aimed at modernizing the state judicial branch and promoting information sharing among courts and other justice system agencies.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
What does this mean to you in the near future? Not very much except for technical managers purchasing new networking equipment. But over time the upgrade provides an improved foundation for the growth of the Net.
Friday, February 15, 2008
On February 12th, 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) awarded Lockheed Martin a ten-year, $1 billion contract today to develop and maintain the Bureau’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a multi-modal, state-of–the-art biometrics system for use by state, local and federal authorities. The Lockheed Martin-led team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology (GST), Innovative Management & Technology Services (IMTS), Platinum Solutions and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
"The NGI system will expand fingerprint capacity, doubling the size of the current database, and will now also include palm prints, iris and facial recognition capabilities. Additionally, the system requires a significant degree of technical flexibility in order to accommodate other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future."
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The College of Law Practice Management is excited to announce the "official" launch of our 2008 InnovAction Awards. We are looking for lawyers, law firms, and other deliverers of legal services who are engaged in some extraordinary innovative efforts. The goal of the Awards is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when passionate professionals with big ideas are determined to solve the business challenges faced in today’s competitive markets.
Award entries will be judged on the basis of four primary criteria:
1. Absence of precedent (never been done or done quite this way before) 2. Evidence of action (the innovative idea was transformed into action and not merely reflective of best intentions) 3. Effectiveness of innovation (there is some measurable outcome that indicates the innovation is accomplishing what it was intended to do) 4. Action must have taken place within no more than three years prior to this entry.
Any lawyer, law firm, or entity providing legal services to clients anywhere in the world is eligible. Further information about the awards, past winners, eligibility rules, and entry forms are
available at www.innovactionaward.com.
The 2008 InnovAction Awards are sponsored by the following organizations and companies which have a passion for innovation.
Platinum Sponsors: Australian Lawyers Weekly and Greenfield/Belser Ltd.
Gold Sponsors: ABA Law Practice Management Section; The Canadian Bar Association; International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and Levick Strategic Communications.
Silver Sponsors: Altman Weil, Inc.; Association of Legal Administrators and Project Leadership Associates.
Friday, February 1, 2008
"In a speech to the DHS Law Enforcement Shared Mission Community Conference, Secretary Michael Chertoff took the time to recognize the important work of the Office of the CIO in DHS in promoting information sharing. He noted that “enterprise data management is an essential ingredient of an effective information sharing program, and the work of OCIO, and in particular Donna Roy, deserves recognition."
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
- “Broadband data services (such as text messaging, photos, diagrams, and streaming video) currently unavailable in existing public safety land mobile systems”
- “A hardened public safety network with infrastructure built to withstand local natural hazards (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc.) that would include strengthened towers and backup power with fuel supplies to withstand long-term outages of public power sources”
- “Nationwide roaming and interoperability for local, state, and federal public safety agencies (police, fire, and emergency medical services) and other emergency services such as transportation, health care, and utilities”
- “Access to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) similar to current commercial cellular services”
- “Push-to-talk, one-to-one, and one-to-many radio capabilities that would provide a backup to (but would not replace) traditional public safety land mobile mission-critical voice systems”
- “Access to satellite services to provide reliable nationwide communications where terrestrial services either do not exist or are temporarily out of service”
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
NIEM Executive Briefing, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was delivered via Webinar on November 14, 2007. The audio recording with slides is now available at: https://www110.livemeeting.com/cc/ijisinstitute/vi ew?id=8DBB9B&pw=c_2M%5Cb
To view the Webinar recording:
- Select the "View Recording" link.
- Enter first and last name in the appropriate fields.
- Enter first and last name in the appropriate fields.
- Enter the e-mail address and company name in the appropriate fields.
- Select "View Recording."
- The briefing will begin with both audio and visual recordings.
(LEXINGTON, KY) – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is pleased to announce the release of Part III in the series on electronic records management and digital preservation: protecting the knowledge assets of the state government enterprise. A product of NASCIO’s Enterprise Architecture Committee, this research brief was completed to focus on strategies and technological solutions for managing the proliferation of electronic records. Part III in the series is now available at: www.nascio.org/publications/.