How were Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) components selected?

The components were chosen from a variety of legal and technical sources that preceded Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). Data components were built from approximately 35 data dictionaries, XML schema documents, and XML data models under development or in use by various law enforcement and judicial organizations.

These sources yielded approximately 16,000 data components (elements, attributes, and types). Through study and analysis of the similarities and differences among these components, approximately 2,200 properties (xsd:element, xsd:attribute) and 550 types (xsd:type) were synthesized to represent a common set of elements and types, the GJXDM.

It is important to realize that the authors did not invent the content. Instead, the GJXDM tries to capture the requirements of the 35 data sources as completely and accurately as possible. However, compromises were necessary in order to follow the basic design principles and criteria set forth by the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF).