Thursday, June 29, 2006

Air Force To Study Blogging

In a three-year, $450,000 project called “Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information,” the US Air Force will try to determine if studying blogs can help fight the GWOT.

One of the problems scientists may encounter is the sheer volume of information availavble in the blogosphere. Dr. Brian Ulicny, senior scientist at Versatile Information Systems Inc. in Farmignham, Mass. says: "It can be challenging for information analysts to tell what’s important in blogs unless you analyze patterns."

Scientists will not only study the blogs content, but the hyperlinks, as well. The analysis will focus on the relevance, specificity, timeliness and credibility on important news events or topics. Dr. Mieczyslaw Kokar, president of VISI: “The fact that the web is a vast source of information is sometimes overlooked by military analysts. Our research goal is to provide the warfighter with a kind of information radar to better understand the information battlespace.”

U.S. DoD story link


Blogger MajorDad said...

I've been considering making a recommendation to the powers that be at work to use blogging technology as a collaborative means for some of our more complex projects. We've got teams all around the country getting ready to conduct a pretty complicated test program...and I was thinking that running blogs for the different teams might be a very productive way to share information and ideas. The biggest hurdle will be to get the IT weasels to buy off on the idea of installing ANYTHING new on their servers.

Wouldn't want productivity to get in the way of security, would we? It's not like I'm proposing we do this out on Blogger or anything. :D

See you on the high ground.


7:39 AM  
Blogger Cop the Truth said...

Just make sure nobody tells the NY Times.... Be safe, brother!

5:20 PM  
Blogger MajorDad said...

Ah...the alternative communications:




Tell a the New York Times, eh?

Keep those feet and knees together!


7:38 PM  

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