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Wanted: coordination for sharing homeland security data

Officials who handle homeland security data say the government lacks a mechanism for coordinating data-sharing protocols and standards, they said at the Information Sharing for Homeland Security conference today. “One thing that is missing is a shared governance,” said Lee Holcomb, chief technology officer at the Homeland Security Department. This isn’t a purely technical issue, he said. “Governance has more to do with maintaining the funding base to make sure the edges of the networks are connected.” But Maj. Joseph T. Booth, command inspector for the Louisiana State Police, said, much technical work is still needed to link systems that stow potentially useful information. “A lot of the networks are not connected,” he said. “There are connectivity and data exchange difficulties.” Full Story

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