A Comprehensive Framework Towards Information Sharing Between Government Agencies

Akhilesh Bajaj, Sudha Ram

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Recently, there has been increased interest in sharing digitized information between government agencies, with the goals of improving security, reducing costs, and offering better quality service to users of government services. The bulk of previous work in interagency information sharing has focused largely on the sharing of structured information among heterogeneous data sources, whereas government agencies need to share data with varying degrees of structure ranging from free text documents to relational data. In this work, we explore the different technologies available to share information. Specifically, our framework discusses the optional data storage mechanisms required to support a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). We compare XML document, free text search engine, and relational database technologies and analyze the pros and cons of each approach. We explore these options along the dimensions of information definition, information storage, the access to this information, and finally the maintenance of shared information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • XML
  • databases
  • digital government
  • e-government
  • heterogeneous databases
  • information sharing
  • semantic conflicts
  • semantic resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • General Social Sciences
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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