3 How It Started Courts: other state and local agencies wanted data from the court case management systems. State: justice agencies (JIN) wanted to exchange data. National: justice agencies wanted to rewrite their stovepipe standards for the web.
4 What Happened Next – 1 WA Courts picked J2EE as their new development architecture. JIN decided to use XML as the basis of their revised data dictionary. Each national justice association rewrote their data exchange standards in isolation.
5 What Happened Next – 2 WA courts discovered that they knew nothing about XML data exchanges, but it sounded good. JIN found none of the state justice agencies had experience with XML and they werent sure they wanted to. Each of the national associations wanted everyone else to standardize on their data.
6 What Happened Next – 3 The courts learned that XML is not magic and there is no substitute for hard technical experience. JIN learned that agencies will not plan and budget for the long-run unless there is an executive policy decision to do so. DOJ learned that negotiations to agree on national standards are very political.
7 The Happy Endings The courts invested in XML expertise and began several small pilot projects. Several state justice agencies committed to XML data exchanges as a policy. DOJ successfully sponsored a national normalized XML data dictionary.
8 Contact Information Name:Tom Clarke Title:Information Services Director Company:Administrative Office of the Courts Address:1206 Quince St. SE Olympia, WA 98504-1170 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org@courts.wa.gov Phone:(360) 705-5304 Fax:(360) 586-8869