The Criminal Justice Information Technology (CJIT) project has reached a milestone with the start of a pilot of an information sharing portal.
Progress, as it is known, is a portal accessible from the internet, which provides secure network access to enable judges to post their direction before court hearings. The Crown Prosecution Service is able to respond to these directions via a secure internet connection.
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David Goodman, head of service management for Criminal Justice Information Technology (CJIT), said, "Progress is the first application on the portal." Through the portal, he said users will eventually be able to analyse criminal data by being able to share data drawn from different government agencies.
For the portal to work the CJIT has needed to create a data hub known as the Exchange, which uses a messaging infrastructure to provide shared services through which criminal justice organisations and other agencies can share information and manage cases.
Addressing delegates at the itSMF conference, Goodman said he needed to set up a Programme Board, comprising the CIOs of the agencies the Exchange would connect into, in order to agree and define service level agreements.
The CJIT programme is one of 19 "mission critical" IT projects for the government and works closely with all the other government IT programmes to achieve delivery. All of the programmes sit within the national strategy for e-government "Transformational Government".
The overall goal of these projects is to provide technology and services designed around the needs of the citizen and allow users to share services and information across the public sector to achieve efficiency and reduce duplication for staff and the public.