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Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Data management Integration Toolkit (READ-IT)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-011-0112
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T011
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Data management Integration Toolkit (READ-IT)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0221
Award Amount: $99,921.00
 

Abstract:

Obtaining support from the local population is crucial for successful counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. US forces often fail to adequately understand the ethnographic characteristics of foreign populationswarfighters need access to ethnographic methods which help them to rapidly capture and interpret cultural, social, and economic data. A warfighter in high-risk areas needs easy-to-use tools that integrate the functions of collecting, managing, analyzing, and visualizing ethnographic data. To address this need, Charles River Analytics proposes to design and demonstrate the Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Data management Integration Toolkit (READ-IT) using a four step process. First, we will leverage Cognitive System Engineering (CSE) techniques to identify the current workflows for warfighters and analysts. Second, we will identify the relevant data collection and analysis techniques in a popular ethnographic tool and augment them with the CSE results. Third, we will combine the analysis techniques with proven components and design a linked suite of tools for rich exploratory data visualization and analysis across geospatial, spatial, and temporal dimensions. Finally, we will design a flexible, plug-in-based system architecture that allows the independent evolution of system components (including handheld applications for warfighters and a workstation for analysts) by leveraging our established capability for developing service-oriented architectures.

Principal Investigator:

Corey Lofdahl
Senior Scientist
(617) 491-3474
clofdahl@cra.com

Business Contact:

Mark S. Felix
Contracts Manager
(617) 491-3474
mfelix@cra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042803764
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Kentucky Rsrch Found.
Office of Sponsored Projects
109 Kinkead Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-
Contact: Wendy Compton
Contact Phone: (859) 257-9422