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Welcome to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Standards Initiative (NSI) Verification Program

The objective of the NSI Verification Program is to encourage and facilitate the adoption and implementation of NSI Best Practices and Technical Standards in lottery organizations. Verification provides formal recognition of a lottery organization's conformance to an industry Best Practice or Technical Standard.

The NSI is a collaborative development effort, with participation from the lotteries, gaming vendors, and retail associations in the development of standards, best practices, and validation programs for the lottery industry. The Open Group is working with NASPL to provide the collaborative development infrastructure, to help manage the development processes for the NSI, and to operate the Verification Program for Lotteries and the Certification Program for lottery-industry vendors.

The NSI Verification Program is a voluntary program and is open to any lottery organization that has consistently implemented one or more NSI Best Practices or Technical Standards and meets the documented Conformance Requirements for those Best Practices or Technical Standards. A lottery organization may be verified in multiple areas, provided that it meets the applicable set of Conformance Requirements for each area.

The significant highlights of the verification process are outlined below

  1. The NSI Verification Program is administered on behalf of the NSI by its designated Verification Authority, The Open Group.
  2. Operation of the NSI Verification Program is governed by a documented set of policies that define what can be verified, what it means to be verified, and the process for achieving and maintaining verification.
  3. Verification is valid for a specified period of time, dependent upon the type of business practice or technology. A verified entity is subject to re-verification on a periodic basis.

For a list of lotteries that have successfully completed the Verification Program see the register.

Announcement

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation is the first lottery to achieve verification in the two areas of Quality Assurance (QA) Best Practices applicable to lotteries: Requirements Definition and Acceptance Testing.

The NSI QA Best Practices are a set of three best practices addressing Quality Assurance of Product Development in the Lottery Industry. The purpose of this set of best practices is to provide a documented set of quality assurance processes and procedures that will allow lotteries and vendors to follow an approved and repeatable method when defining, developing, and accepting software products for installation at the lottery. Together they provide a set of processes and procedures that address the quality assurance requirements throughout the hardware and/or software production cycle from requirements specification through design, implementation and testing, to acceptance and deployment.

Once verified and if used consistently with all projects, the best practices will become standard methodology and will eliminate re-inventing quality and project management processes with each new product, thus reducing risk, and saving time, resources and money for both lotteries and vendors.

For additional information please contact Andy White at awhite@nasplhq.org or at (440)466-5630


 

About The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association of state and provincial lotteries representing 47 lottery organizations throughout North America.

For more information on NASPL please visit the web site at: http://www.naspl.org.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow ™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service.

Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

 


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