Information Management Framework

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What is the IMF?

The Information Management Framework (IMF) is a collection of open, technical and non-technical standards, guidance and common resources to enable the seamless sharing of data within the National Digital Twin (NDT) – an ecosystem of connected digital twins.

Three key resources constitute the technical core of the Information Management Framework, as set out in the Pathway to the Information Management Framework report.

They form the common language and data-sharing mechanism by which digital twins of the built and natural environment can communicate securely and effectively to support improved decision taking:

  • Foundation Data Model – a consistent, clear understanding of what constitutes the world of digital twins (the grammar of the language)
  • Reference Data Library – the particular set of classes and properties we use to describe our digital twins (the words of the language)
  • Integration Architecture – the protocols that enable the managed sharing of data.

There is, however, much more to the IMF, including guidance on how to systematically improve information management, so that producing data to meet the quality standards required by the National Digital Twin becomes part of business as usual. Thus, the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) is a change programme as well as a technical one, where adoption and alignment are key.

Examples of non-technical resources:

  • Gemini Principles, the conscience of the National Digital Twin
  • Legal, commercial and regulatory standards to facilitate the “market of connected DTs”.

All technical and non-technical resources form the building blocks for those participating in the National Digital Twin.

The NDTp has developed an approach, called the 7 Circles of Information Management, to divide the Information Management space into areas of concern that can be addressed separately as well as supporting each other.