The Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP), a military standardization body comprising 26 member nations and NATO, aims in this brochure to explain to a non-technical audience what the MIP Information Model (MIM) is, how it helps achieve Command and Control interoperability and how it relates to the JC3IEDM.
The MIM is complemented with a comprehensive suite of software tools that make the adoption and adaptation of the MIM as easy as possible. In order to customize the MIM for a specific capability or ser-vice, a dedicated tool allows defin-ing a subset of the MIM, which is structurally compliant with the overall model.
MDA is supported by a library of model transformations that allow deriving platform-specific models from the MIM automatically. Standard representations for «XML Schema Definition» (XSD) and «Web Ontology Language» (OWL) will come with the MIM 3.0.
To ensure that all pieces of the information model fit together, tools have been developed for model management. All tools are built on top of Sparx Enterprise Architect, the UML modelling tool used for MIM.
The tools are continuously enhanced by an active group of developers and written in Java. They are available as open source software for MIP members and interested parties.
The MIP considers data modelling as a continuous and agile process that must quickly respond to new operational requirements. Standardization requires stable releases. In order to meet this requirement, MIP plans a 12 to 18 month timeframe between any major releases of the MIM, with minor and critical operational updates released when needed.
In December 2013, MIP released the MIP Infor-mation Model 2.0 and made it available to other Communities of Interest. Since then, many significant improvements have been made and a new ver-sion 3.0 will be released in the first quarter of 2015.
Key features will include extended documentation, support for new MIP capabilities, further fixes for known JC3IEDM problems, and an improved unit taxonomy to simplify mapping on existing standards for tactical symbols.
MIP has submitted a proposal for a new cover STANAG to the NATO C3 Board. It recommends using the MIP Information Model for the definition of information exchange specifications to aid full interoperability of NATO Forces. MIP is also seek-ing to add the MIM to the NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles (NISP) and the NATO FMN Implementation Plan (NFIP) as the semantic reference model on which future specifications should be based.
All MIM-related products can be found at MIM World
The website hosts introductory documentation, the information model in Sparx Enterprise Architect format, services to browse the model online, and the tool suite as binary installer and source code. Interested parties are invited to provide feedback via the MIM portal.