SHARE.IT was developed within the project to link existing information – exchange systems, and in this way facilitate the exchange of information and data among different Centres in a structured, secure and sustainable manner.
The SHARE.IT framework is refined by the community during a four-day conference, taking place twice a year.
All stakeholders meet and work together to agree on the technology and the principles to apply to the framework in a so called «requirements conference». In the ensuing months, the community members work separately on the inputs and meet collegially again in a «demonstration conference» to test the prototypes, check the results, and update the necessary procedures and guidelines. The framework is improved through iterative and incremental changes, so it evolves according to the community needs, keeping up with the latest technological and legal community developments.
After the requirements conference, the technology is enhanced according to the needs and priorities defined.
After the demonstration conference the technology is stabilized and experimented by the community and is eventually put into practice interconnecting existing systems used daily for maritime security, thus enabling reaping its benefits in full.
SHARE.IT is based on 3 pillars:
Pillar 1: The Community
Sharing information starts with connecting people. Every six months stakeholders get together and discuss needs and challenges and how to tackle them within the system.
To kick-start the initiative, key players from the Indo-Pacific joined the initiative – namely the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC), Information Fusion Centre (IFC) Singapore, IFC Peru and UNODC. The Information Fusion Centre Vanuatu and the IFC Indian Ocean Region have been invited to join, while membership is also open to other organisations.
The Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC) from the Yaoundé Architecture was also invited to join the community, during a conference in Bangkok, in January 2023.
Pillar 2: The technology
Pillar 3: The legal and operational framework
Legal and operational factors such as concepts and standards, data sensitivity and classification, and privacy and data protection, are addressed by the community in order to facilitate the adoption of the technology and the exchange of information for its usage. This process secures that, when it comes to using SHARE.IT, the community fully trusts the framework, which is based on agreed political, technological, legal and operational rules and guidelines.