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FAQ for NICE Framework 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. The JSON files representing the NICE Framework Components use the NIST CPRT schema.

Q: How can I use the JSON files available on the NICE Framework’s Current Version page?

A: The Current Version page of the NICE Framework Resource Center features two JSON files. The first features only elements from the v1.0.0 NICE Framework Components, the current version of the NICE Framework’s data elements. The second, found under the “Previous Version: 2017” bullet, contains a mapping from the 2017 to v1.0.0 elements. Users who are implementing the NICE Framework in their applications for the first time are likely to need only the v1.0.0 JSON with current elements; users updating applications that already use previous versions of the NICE Framework may benefit from using the mapping file.

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

A: The structure of the NICE Framework is laid out in Special Publication 800-181 Rev. 1, available in a PDF document at the top of the Current Version page. The v1.0.0 Components of the NICE Framework, as well as a mapping from 2017 to v1.0.0 versions, are additionally available in Excel spreadsheets that can also be found on the Current Versions page.

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

A: Yes. The NICE Framework is intended to be agile and responsive to change. Updates to NICE Framework Components will be reflected in the JSON and Excel documents found on the Current Versions page as quickly as possible after changes are announced.

Q: How can I provide feedback?

A: Feedback on the NICE Framework, including NICE Framework Components 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 April 3, 2024