Ontology for the Intelligence Analyst

CrossTalk 14 (Nov/Dec):18-25 (2012)
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Barry Smith
State University of New York, Buffalo
Abstract
As available intelligence data and information expand in both quantity and variety, new techniques must be deployed for search and analytics. One technique involves the semantic enhancement of data through the creation of what are called ‘ontologies’ or ‘controlled vocabularies.’ When multiple different bodies of heterogeneous data are tagged by means of terms from common ontologies, then these data become linked together in ways which allow more effective retrieval and integration. We describe a simple case study to show how these benefits are being achieved, and we describe our strategy for developing a suite of ontologies to serve the needs of the war-fighter in the ever more complex battlespace environments of the future.
Keywords data integration  military ontology  reference ontology vs. application ontology  intelligence analysis  Basic Formal Ontology
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