By Karla Paris
U.S. Department of Justice Partners with Unisys Corporation to upgrade web content management system and mobile applications, allowing mobile law enforcement workers to access information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Technology has long intersected with law enforcement, but managing content through a common web content management system has been something of a difficult matter to resolve. Direct access to insights of immense amounts of law enforcement data in the field is something the U.S. Department of Justice is looking to improve upon.
To that end, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has partnered with Unisys Corporation to upgrade the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) systems used by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
Unisys will centralize and consolidate NCJRS web-based services to a common secure cloud platform, including infrastructure, applications, and content and publishing processes, in order to reduce costs, and duplicative processes.
Unisys will leverage its global best practices from its Application Modernization Center of Excellence (AMCOE) to deliver innovative application services. Unisys experts’ focus will be on building mobile apps that allow citizens and justice agencies to easily access NCJRS information via mobile devices on Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.
Through the partnership, Unisys will upgrade NCJRS by migrating its web services to a secure cloud environment and providing shared web services managed through a common web content management system. Customers seeking information from OJP will have the ability to browse available resources without navigating through multiple websites with disparate layouts.
Established in 1972, NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. It hosts one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world, the NCJRS Abstracts Database.
The collection, with holdings from the early 1970s to the present, contains more than 210,000 publications, reports, articles, and audiovisual products from the U.S. and around the world. These resources include statistics, research findings, program descriptions, congressional hearing transcripts, and training materials.
The abstracts include the title, author, sponsoring agency, purchasing address, and journal citation, as well as a 100- to 200-word summary of the document's contents. Keyword and index term searches of the database are easy. With the search capabilities offered, you can quickly retrieve all the citations relevant to your question or area of interest.