An announcement from the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) LinkedIn Group.

An announcement from the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) LinkedIn Group, by Donna Roy, NIEM Executive Director:

Today marks a pivotal day for the NIEM program and the dedicated government users of the best in government XML based information exchange model. Altova's Mission Kit,according to Forrester Research, boasts over 3 million users across the world. Their lastest release, includes features built to make NIEM easier to implement.

BEVERLY, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/05/10 -- Altova® ( ), creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor today announced the availability of Version 2010 Release 3 (v2010r3) of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 Release 3 adds powerful new functionality including integration with the newly released Visual Studio® 2010, support for working with industry standards iXBRL and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), support for mapping data based on SAP's IDoc EDI format, and much more.

"The new functionality available in 2010r3 adds to our already robust tool suite and gives users more flexibility to work with a variety of technologies and industry standards," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "By continually adding key features to support technologies such as XML and UML, and standards like XBRL and NIEM, we are helping our users to work as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible."

Each of the tools available in the Altova MissionKit 2010r3 includes several new features:

XMLSpy 2010r3 - With the release of v2010r3, the XMLSpy XML editor adds new usability enhancements to its graphical schema editor, including the ability to validate internal naming and coding conventions. The enhanced XMLSpy graphical schema editor allows schema designers to validate naming and coding conventions outside of the capabilities of the XML Schema standard. This new functionality is of key importance for users working with NIEM, a U.S. Government XML-based standard, when implementing their information sharing exchanges. Another new feature in XMLSpy 2010r3 is support for creating user-defined sample values for XML instance generation. Users can now add arbitrary sample data to their XML instance generations allowing them to control the sample data that is published. XMLSpy 2010r3 also integrates with Visual Studio 2010, adding to its existing support for VS 2005 and VS 2008.

On behalf of the NIEM community, a big thanks for the support of Alexander Falk and Altova!

For more information, please visit, NIEM LinkedIn Group.