Universal Core (UCore) Conformance Test and Evaluation (CTE) Facility

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Welcome to the Joint Interoperability Test Command's (JITC) Universal Core (UCore) Conformance Test and Evaluation (CTE) Facility. Established in 1988 and now a command in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the JITC has been on the leading edge of interoperability testing of information processing and communications systems since its inception. Its UCore CTE Facility, operated on behalf of the UCore Management Program Office, is provide a one-stop shop for UCore implemetation certification.

The JITC conformance test programs have made a significant impact on improving interoperability among disparate United States Government systems. With the continued rapid proliferation of new equipment items and technologies, the UCore CTE Facility has recently embarked on a path to investigate UCore CTE Facility interoperability issues and provide test services to the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other interested agencies and vendors of UCore-enabled systems.

UCore is a federal information sharing initiative that supports the National Information Sharing Strategy and all associated Departmental / Agency strategies. UCore enables information sharing by defining an implementable specification (XML Schema) containing agreed upon representations for the most commonly shared and universally understood concepts of who, what, when, and where.

UCore is designed to be simple to understand, explain, and implement. It is small, containing a minimal set of objects with broad applicability across a wide range of domains. UCore leverages existing commercial and governmental standards (i.e. DOD Discovery Metadata Specification (DDMS), Geography Markup Language (GML), and Intelligence Community Information Security Markings (IC ISM)). UCore is designed to be extensible and through the framework supports the concept of levels of understanding to provide data to both the anticipated and unanticipated user.

UCore leverages the successes of efforts such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Maritime Domain Awareness Data Sharing Community of Interest (MDA DS COI), Strike COI, Cursor on Target (CoT), and Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program (LEISP).


Joint Interoperability Test Command
ATTN: JT4 UCore CTE Facility
P.O. Box 12798, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85670-2798

UCore questions, comments or web site problems? Please forward to: JITC_UCore@disa.mil

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