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Semantic data modeling at the National Police

Image being a Police officer. Your task is to enforce the law and help those that are in need. And although you have many colleagues, there is always a lot to do. You need to be informed fast and correctly so you can act quickly on the most urgent and serious case. You need to be able to inform others, so they can do the same. And you need to be careful: you are dealing with information about real people. Some are criminals, some are in need of help, and some are actually the victim of a crime.

The National Police has an increasing amount of data available from various sources to carry out their tasks. Understanding the meaning of all this data and managing the complexity of integrating this data is becoming an ever-greater challenge. Observations in both the physical and digital domains, expressed in a lot of different ways, need to be aggregated into collective knowledge within the police force. This calls for a different way of organizing knowledge.

Ordina has helped the Police in this task with a High Performance team, executing our Semantic Data Management approach. Our approach is based on well-known international standards and aligned with best practices used within the Dutch government agencies.

Our team has delivered:

  • Thesauri and taxonomies in which the police concepts are documented by applying widely used international standards (like SKOS).

  • A police enterprise ontology containing the investigation and enforcement processes, and the models that describe which data are relevant for these processes.

  • Frameworks and guidelines for the IT development teams, including UX interaction frameworks.

  • Tooling based on the semantic model to create semantically rich police reports, and to extract new concepts from laws and regulations.

We have ensured that the Dutch National Police has an organized data landscape. We are helping the data management department take a major step in working in a data-driven way, where meaningful communication between officers occurs without confusion, and connections are made with police policy, laws and regulations. As a result, the department has substantive control and can optimally contribute to the different programs within the Police.

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