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Data Guidelines

While the technical standards for MDI are guided by our experienced software and data professionals, all standards and recommendations will be made around the following core principles taken from the Open Cloud Initiative:

  • All systems must be interoperable.¬†Interoperability¬†(the ability to exchange and use information) between cloud computing products and services is¬†required¬†for unfettered competition between vendors and unrestricted choice for users.
  • Systems should not have barriers to come or go. Users must be able to come (no barriers to entry) and go (no barriers to exit) regardless of who they are (no discrimination) and what systems they use (technological neutrality).
  • Supporting vendors must therefore cooperate on standards, implementing those that exist (where applicable) and collaborating via an open process to develop those that don’t, with a view to competing fairly on quality.
  • Improve entrepreneurial opportunities¬†for students and existing developers to create software solutions that positively impact social and economic conditions.

Crime Data Standards

United States Government - FBI Data Quality Guidelines
Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-554) directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue government-wide guidelines that “provide policy and procedural guidance to federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information) disseminated by federal agencies.” The directive, which applies to the FBI in its administration of the UCR Program, stipulates that an agency that disseminates information to the public must provide “information quality guidelines that describe administrative mechanisms allowing affected persons to seek and obtain, where appropriate, correction of disseminated information that does not comply with the OMB and agency guidelines” (Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 36). This publication has been issued in response to that mandate.