Integration of Complex Information
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An intelligence support system has been developed using an open hypermedia architecture. This approach provides a means to integrate information from distributed disparate sources into a knowledge base. Access by external applications is supported through a public interface. Filtering and change detection functions have also been implemented. The approach has shown promise in multiple domains indicating that it may be widely applicable. The integration of systems on a network was accomplished early in this decade. The result has been the creation of information stovepipes all capable of being executed from a common platform. It is left to the systems user to make a mental picture of the current situation by comparing the results displayed from several applications. Using open hypermedia technology, information from a variety of distributed applications and databases can be associated without modifying the original data. In this way, information integration is achieved, bringing diverse information elements together to form a semantic network available to humans and autonomous applications. Using this approach, analysts can model situations more robustly than previously accomplished with relational databases. Consumers of intelligence products are able to use a filtered perspective of the model through hypermedia functions and launch autonomous agents to traverse the semantic network finding particular insights. Supported by an open architecture and public interfaces, the model is available to external applications including geographic, temporal, relational, and browsing displays. Further, hypermedia research provides a variety of user interaction models that can be implemented as external applications.
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