The Virtual Information Center Technologies for Open-Source Requirements (VICTOR) Project: Emerging HCI Concepts
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND SAN DIEGO CA
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Regional and theater military operations have increasingly found open-source information to be a useful supplement to traditional data sources. Open-source information includes a wide variety of public data that can be readily acquired from news broadcasts, web sites, on-line databases, information brokers, email, etc. The VICTOR project is a technology demonstration initiative with the objective of developing human-centric decision support principles for information processing to support on-line open-source information analysis by leveraging existing evolving capabilities. Observations, interviews, and product assessments were conducted at USCINCPAC to determine user requirements and current work processes. Based on this, we are developing a set of tools that are customized to address the cognitive tasks performed by open-source information analysts. An innovative development approach is being employed that provides access to a variety of relevant COTSGOTS software through a consistent human-computer interface and that adapts these tools to the users specific tasks. This approach enables extremely rapid, low cost development that stays abreast of the latest technology, while unburdening users from excessive system integration and training.
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