Information Exchange and Display in Asynchronous C2 Group Decision Making
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND SAN DIEGO CA
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Research has indicated that group decision making participants have difficulty in sharing their uniquely held information and in integrating unique information from other participants. An on-line knowledge elicitation technique is proposed where participants assign a variety of cognitive assessments to each retained decision-relevant information item. These assessments might include source credibility, timeliness, information uncertainty, direction of impact on the related decision criterion as well as overall importance of the information item. The assessments are automatically converted into a small color-coded icon called an Information Object IOB. The IOB can then be used in place of the text version of the item, much as tactical symbology replaces raw radar video. The display, sharing, manipulation and algorithmic sorting of these IOBs permits all participants to access each item and simplifies the process of integrating the arriving information and making quality decisions. The attached individual information quality assessments also permit a highly focused discussion exchange, reducing the time required for conflict resolution and consensus building.
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