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FAQ for NICE Framework 2017 Data in JSON Format

Q: What is JSON?

A: JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is “an open standard file format and data interchange format that uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects consisting of attribute–value pairs and arrays” (source: Wikipedia). JSON is used in many web applications to transmit structured data from system to system.

Q: What is the NICE Framework data?

A: The 2017 NICE Framework (SP 800-181) data is made up of Categories, Specialty Areas, Work Roles, and Task, Knowledge, Skill, and Ability statements as well as the relationships between those data elements. Essentially, the JSON file is a machine-readable version of the NICE Framework data. Please note that this data is not in alignment with the 2020 NICE Framework (SP 800-181 revision 1) which eliminates Specialty Areas and Ability statements and introduces Competencies. The 2017 data is currently being reviewed to align with the SP 800-181r1 with expected releases for comment available by spring 2022. 

Q: How can I use the JSON file?

A: The JSON file is intended to be used by those seeking to automate processes utilizing SP 800-181 data elements. By providing the 800-181 in a machine-readable format, users can easily incorporate the data into web applications or other automated tools to deliver innovative solutions. A JSON file saves the user time and effort by eliminating the parsing of the spreadsheet or PDF file. The JSON file defines a common language for communicating about SP 800-181 data elements between systems. The JSON file is free to use by anyone.

Q: What other formats of the NICE Framework data exist?

A: The 2017 NICE Framework data is currently available in PDF or spreadsheet format (both are available here). Updated data that aligns with the 2020 NICE Framework revision and follows the TKS Authoring Guide will be released by spring 2022. 

Q: Will there be updates to the NICE Framework data? 

A: Yes. The NICE Framework is intended to be agile and responsive to change. As such, a new update process will be released at the end of 2021 outlining how data changes will be made and released. Earlier versions of the data (including the 2017 data) will remain available when updates occur. 

Q: How can I provide feedback?

A: Feedback on the NICE Framework, including NICE Framework data and any additional supplemental material, is welcome. Please send your feedback to the NICE Program Office via email at NICEFramework [at] (NICEFramework[at]nist[dot]gov)

Created October 21, 2021, Updated December 15, 2021