What is the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF)?

In early 2002, DOJ formed a group called the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF) under Global's Infrastructure/Standards Working Group to develop an object-oriented XML data model for justice information sharing.

XSTF is comprised of justice practitioners and industry representatives from various justice communities of interest. They include representation from local, state, and federal law enforcement, courts, corrections, probation and parole, and transportation agencies; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics; the U.S. Chief Information Officers Council; and the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute (a consortium of private-sector companies involved in justice and public safety).

XSTF's contribution has been supported by development staff, notably research scientists from Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA). GTRI developed the technical concepts, using XML best practices and standards in the design and implementation of GJXDM.

This XSTF effort has provided a framework within which a productive relationship has developed among practitioners, industry, and development staff.

The primary goal of XSTF in designing for the Data Model is to develop a common set of reusable, extendible XML data components that could be combined in justice documents, transactions, and messages that are consistently structured to support interoperability among justice and public safety systems nationwide.